MRF-FMSCI National Rally C’ship: Riders brace up for a tough challenge

The rally will be held at the Kethanur windmill farm in Palladam on Sunday.

MLAs V.P. Kandaswamy and P. R. G. Arun Kumar flag off the rally on Saturday. On the left is Jatin Jain, one of the top riders. Photo: Special Arrangement

The Rally of Coimbatore — the fourth round of the MRF-FMSCI National Rally championship for two wheelers — will be held at the Kethanur windmill farm in Palladam on Sunday.

Promoted by Godspeed Racing (Pune) and organised by the Coimbatore Auto Sports Club, the rally will test the skill and speed of the riders as drivers had dug up the stages quite a bit in the four-wheeler event a fortnight ago. “The stages are going to be more technical this time around as we have had the four-wheeler round first. The riders will have to remember the route, the pace notes and negotiate carefully as the stages are a little dug up,” said J. Prithiviraj, the Clerk of the Course for the rally.

And that’s going to be challenging for all participants. “It’s not going to be as easy as in the previous years. We will have to wait and watch if the riders are going to go full throttle or play it safe. They might be slightly slower is what I feel,” he added.

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The riders did the recce early in the day but missing in action were Team TVS Racing’s top two riders R. E. Rajendra and R. Nataraj. The duo had dominated the first three rounds and their absence is understood to be due to non-submission of documents.

But sources in team pointed out that the timeline given in the bulletin was not feasible and so it decided to withdraw its riders from the top category.

This has opened the doors for a few other riders to prove their mettle. Among them will be Coimbatore’s own Venu Rameshkumar. “It’s my hometown event and I want to give it my best shot. But I would have been happy if the stars had not given it a miss as it can help us find where we stand,” he said.

V. P. Kandaswamy, MLA (Sulur Constituency) and P. R. G. Arun Kumar, MLA (Coimbatore North), flagged off the event from a private hotel here on Saturday.