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RFC India announces 40 entries for season four

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Rainforest Challenge India will feature a record 40 entries in 2017, with multiple foreign drivers expected to take part in the fourth edition of the event.

Gurmeet Virdi, Kirpal Singh
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Headlining the entry list will be last year’s champion Gurmeet Virdi, who also took a class win in RFC Grand Finals in Malaysia in December.

Mumbai-based Fairmont Group will field four entries, including veteran Malaysian driver Mervyn Lim and Group’s Director Sameer Chunawala. Fairmont is also expected to run an American driver in its strong four-car line-up.

Meanwhile, Kabir Waraich will return to Gerrari Offroaders this year, having driven for the factory Force Motors squad in 2016.

Another notable driver is Tejinder Singh, who won the RFC North round in January, 2016.

This year’s RFC India is expected to be tougher than even before, with organisers planning multiple changes to add to the challenge.

“This year, the event will have a changed format for the Special Stages, with a variation in the running order and sequence of the SS," Ashish Gupta, Director, Cougar Motorsport said.

“We also plan to have some part of the competition at new sites and will shortly start the recce process for the same.”

As always, the winner of RFC India will win a free entry to the mother event in Malaysia. For this edition, the organisers will contribute towards the cost of procuring the vehicle for RFC Malaysia, while also increasing the overall prize money.

“We are also increasing the stakes this year as the total benefits that the top Indian driver of the competition will get will amount to Rs 5,35,000 ($8,000),” Gupta said.

“This includes the automatic fully paid for entry in the RFC 2017 Grand Final in Malaysia that is worth  Rs 2,36,000 ($3900) and the travel expenses amounting to around Rs 74,000 ($1,100).”

“Additionally, this year Cougar Motorsport will contribute up to $3,000 towards the cost of arranging the competition vehicle for the Mother Event in Malaysia.”

The fourth edition of RFC India will take place between July 22-30 at its traditional home in Goa. 

The localised editions in North and South India  aren't expected to be held this year.

Entry list for 2017 edition:

S.No

Driver

Co-Driver

City

Team

1

Dr Chaitanya Challa

TBA

Hyderabad

 

2

Rajasekhara Prabhu

TBA 

Hyderabad

 

3

Kranthi Kumar Vengala

TBA 

Hyderabad

 

4

Krishna Reddy

TBA

Hyderabad

 

5

Venkat Devineni

TBA 

Hyderabad

 

6

Abinav Reddy Nukala

TBA 

Hyderabad

CORAC

7

Jithender Nath A

TBA 

Hyderabad

CORAC

8

Laxmikanth Reddy

TBA

Hyderabad

CORAC

9

Sam Kurian Kalarickal

TBA 

Kerala

KTM Jeepers

10

Anand V Manjooran

TBA 

Kerala

KTM Jeepers

11

Raju Paul

TBA 

Kerala

KTM Jeepers

12

Shemy Mustafa

TBA 

Kerala

KTM Jeepers

13

Shibu Varghese

TBA 

Kerala

 

14

Robish M.K.

TBA 

Kerala

 

15

TBA

TBA 

Kerala

Team Flywheel - KASC

16

Sameer Chunawala

TBA 

Mumbai

Team Fairmont

17

Mervyn Lim

TBA

Mumbai

Team Fairmont

18

TBA

TBA 

Mumbai

Team Fairmont

19

TBA

TBA 

Mumbai

Team Fairmont

20

Daulat Deepram Choudhary

TBA 

Pune

 

21

Ajit Bache

Sandip Yadav

Pune

Pune Offroaders

22

Cedrick Jordan DaSilva

TBA 

Goa

 

23

Tejas Prakash Shindolkar

TBA 

Goa

 

24

Dattaraj Dessai

TBA 

Goa

 

25

Vivek Kuriakosse

Ashok Kuriakosse

Bangalore

BODA

26

Lokesh Shivaraja

Rohith KR

Bangalore

BODA

27

Siddartha Santosh

Prithviraj AC

Bangalore

BODA

28

Prashanth GV

Pradeep Gowda

Bangalore

BODA

29

R Sumanth Shenoy

Mohnish L

Chikmagalur

 

30

Narthan Byramudi

TBA

Sakleshpur

Mudhogs

31

Jagat Nanjappa

Chetan Changappa

Coorg

V5 Offroaders

32

Gowtham Santhakumar

TBA 

Pollachi

 

33

Guhan Shetty

Umesh Rane

Tirunelveli

Spartan Off Road Motor Sports

34

Bijender Singh

TBA 

Delhi

NIOC

35

Pragun Arora

TBA 

Delhi

NIOC

36

Dr Kartik Sharma

TBA 

Delhi

NIOC

37

Sushant Saini

TBA 

Yamunanagar

 

38

Kabir Waraich

TBA 

Chandigarh

Gerrari Offroaders

39

Dushyant Khosla

TBA 

Chandigarh

Gerrari Offroaders

40

Gurmeet Virdi

TBA 

Chandigarh

Gerrari Offroaders

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