It’s Rutsa & Rudkuobetvo night at Kohima

The team of Aviu Rutsa (co-driver Neiketoulie Meyase) and Rudkuobetvo (co-driver Pete) showed just that to emerge the champions of the JK Tyre Hornbill Off-Roading Challenge on Tuesday.

Winners of the JK Tyre Hornbill Off-Roading Challenge.   -  Special Arrangement

It was a test of a different kind and  to crack it, some clever planning and great coordination is required.

The team of Aviu Rutsa (co-driver Neiketoulie Meyase) and Rudkuobetvo (co-driver Pete) showed just that to emerge the champions of the JK Tyre Hornbill Off-Roading Challenge on Tuesday.

Each team comprises of two cars, manned by a driver and a co-driver, to help each other tackle the various obstacle challenge together set in the 1.5km course. There were six tough tasks that the teams had to go through and each one of them did test the patience of teams.

Abemo Yanthan was adjudged Best Spotter while Aviu Rutsa added another feather to his cap by clinching the best off-road rig as well.

It is the first time that an off-road event has been added to the annual JK Tyre Hornbill Motor Rally which is in its ninth year of existence.

The rally coincides with the famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, a seven-day extravaganza of cultural performances, ethnic food courts, handlooms and handicrafts bazaars, film and art festivals, fashion shows and a national rock contest.

The results

Overall champion: 1. Aviu Rutsa & Neiketoulie Meyase; Rudkuobetvo & Pete. 2.: Yanger Lushang & Maken Lepden; Bento Swu & Bovito Kiho; 3. Ikweithing (Justin) & Kenrak Thou; Irietui & Elu.

Best Spotter: Abemo Yanthan.

Best Off-road rig: Aviu Rutsa.