The session of the Day 3 of Force Gurkha RFC India is close to its conclusion, while each passing day has witnessed shuffling of the top five spot holders. Since the Day 1 Merwyn Lim, Malaysian and Force Motors driver has been completing the special stages of the prologue. Now, Merwyn’s score after the completion of all the Special Stages 19-24 is 1937 out of 2400 while Gurmeet Virdi scored 1897 points.
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Representing Force Motors, Tan Eng Joo (Tan Choon Hong) is on third position with 1871 points while the third team under the umbrella of Force Motors, Kabir Waraich (Gagan Sachdeva) holds the fourth spot with 1694 points, followed by Goan driver Cedrick Jordan DaSilva (Floyd Preston) made perfect 100 scores in two of the SS for the day, helping him in coming up to the fifth position with 1679 points.
Earlier in the day, Gurmeet Virdi seemed happy on being in the lead and said, “The competition has been going well so far and we have managed to keep penalties to a minimum. SS15 during the Predator leg would have pushed us quite back in the ranking order if my co-driver Kirpal had not shown immense courage and manually turned the tyres when the vehicle’s steering rod broke in the middle of the SS. The Terminator stages are extremely important as whoever takes the lead here will have the strongest chance of winning because there is only the Twilight Zone and two post Twilight Zone stages left after this.”
As Virdi was unable to retain the lead spot after this leg, came down to the second position and after the Terminator Stages remains the top Indian driver in the competition. As per the RFC India rules, the top Indian driver of the competition will get a free automatic entry to RFC Malaysia 2016. At this stage, the competition has become quite tough.
The Terminator leg Stages had some difficult challenges in store for the competitors that not only require them, exhibiting their driving skills as well as their knowledge of the equipment and their vehicle’s articulation and capability to overcome extreme off-road conditions. SS19 was a three point winching task which was to be finished in 15 minutes. This task also involved a tricky 90 degree right turn which the teams had to take while ensuring that the three pegs placed at that point were not broken as it would have cost them 60 points.
SS20 was another task that involved the use of ground anchor to come up very steep slopes, while the SS21 had three major climbs that was to be done carefully, as this stage had seven 30 point penalty in this Stage. SS22 was the most difficult one that required winching up through very difficult angles twice in a very tight timeline. The challenge was so difficult that the first twelve teams that attempted the task were unable to complete it before local boy Cedrick came and completed it with precision and style in merely 7.5 minutes! SS23 was a test of the vehicle articulation and team’s winching capabilities while SS24 was a fun speed task.