All eyes will be on Coimbatore next weekend when the Fifth Round of the MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Rally Championship for two-wheelers takes place in the motorsport-loving city. The MRF 2W Rally of Coimbatore, promoted by Godspeed (Pune) and organised by Coimbatore Auto Sports Club (CASC), will be conducted in a mix of dirt and gravel Special Stages.
The event will be flaged off by Thiru.R.Kanagaraj MLA., (Sulur Constituency), on Saturday, 28th July 2018 at 17.00hrs from Hotel Gokulam Park, Chinniyampalayam, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore.
Coimbatore, as some may be aware, has a rich motorsport tradition. The CASC have been pioneers in organising top-notch events for over four decades, thus carving a niche for itself in Indian motorsport.
“The club is pleased to host this rally once again,” said Mr. J. Prithiviraj, Honorary Secretary of CASC. “Event sponsors MRF have contributed tremendously towards the development of motorsport in the country, and the CASC thanks them for their continued support,” he added.
TVS Racing’s R.Nataraj won the opening four rounds to take a big step towards winning the National title. The total distance of the route is approximately 111.11kms with the total distance of the Special Stages 57kms. This time around, unlike last year, there will be two Special Stages – the Black Thunder Stage (14.85kms) and the Thunder World (14.45kms) run twice in the same direction.
The stages are set around the windfarms near the Kethanur (Palladam) area, and it promises to be a treat to watch. A service Park is established near Kethanur for the competitors to service and refuel their vehicles.
75 riders have confirmed participation across nine classes that form the National championship – Super Bike (Pro Expert, Group A), Super Bike ( Expert Group A), Super Sport 130 Group B, Super Sport 165 Group B, Super Sport 260 Group B, Super Sport 400 Group B, Super Sport 550 Group B and Scooter 210 Group B and Ladies Class Group B. There is also the Star of Tamil Nadu category exclusively for riders from Tamil Nadu, which attracted 12 contestants.
A wide range of imported and domestic motorcycles will be seen in action.
The event will start from Service Park (Kethanur) at 09:00 am on Sunday 29th July and will finish at about 1400hrs at Hotel Gokulam Park, Chinniyampalayam, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore.
The prize distribution ceremony will be conducted at the same venue at 1700hrs.
July 28 will see the Documentation, Scrutineering, Reccee, Riders briefing and other formalities.
All safety and medical precautions and facilities have been put in place. Trauma care Ambulances from PSG Hospitals & Sri Ramakrishna Hospitals are in place at the start of each stage to take care of any emergencies.