RFC India, Leg 6: Virdi beats Lim by 10 points to take maiden win
Gerrari Offroader’s Gurmeet Virdi defeated Merwyn Lim to claim the 2016 Rainforest Challenge India title, ending Force Motors’ hegemony in the annual off-road event.
Virdi (co-driver Kripal Tung) trailed Lim (co-driver Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid) by 40 points heading into the final day, the Malaysian driver having held the lead since Leg 4.
But the Indian managed to overturn the deficit by scoring 180 points across the day’s two stages, with Lim only managing 129 points.
Virdi's final tally came to 2177 while Lim was 10 points behind, taking second place ahead of Force Motors' teammate Tan Eng Joo (co-driver Tan Choon Hong).
Joo and Force Motors' two years winning run came to end with Virdi's win, the Malaysian being the only other driver to break into the 2000 points club.
Further back, Kabir Waraich (co-driver Gagan Sachdeva) and Cedrick Jordan DaSilva (co-driver Floyd Preston) finished level on points.
Waraich is classified fourth with the Force Motors' driver maintaining a clean sheet while DaSilva was handed a 70 points penalty in Leg 5.
Meanwhile, RFC South India winner Jagat Nanjappa (co-driver Chethan Chengappa) continued to make strides on the final day, finishing a strong seventh in the overall timesheets, behind Abinav Nukala (co-driver Laxmikanth Thota).
The two stages in the final leg were topped by Siddhartha Santosh (co-driver Yanrenthung Jamio), but was only 11th overall in the standings.
Kirpal Singh Tung
Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid
Tan Eng Joo
Tan Choon Hong
Cedrick Jordan DaSilva
Abinav Reddy Nukala
Laxmikanth Reddy Thota
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Harkeerat Singh Sahi
Daulat Deepram Choudhary
Pradeep Kumar M
Anand V Manjooran
Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal
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