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Stage set for final round of Gulf Dirt Track National Championship

Wednesday December 21, 2011 07:59:04 PM, Pervez Bari,

Bhopal: After two glorious rounds in Jodhpur and Nashik, the stage is all set for the grand finale in the Gulf Dirt Track National Championship, a round of Federation of Motor Sports Club of India, (FMSCI), Championship 2011, to be held at Bhopal.

The third and fourth rounds of the FMSCI endorsed event for two-wheelers on December 22nd to 24th, Sponsored by Gulf oil corporation ltd. and organized by Sportscraft promises plenty as riders will jostle with each other to garner points and make it to the podium.

Almost all the top finishers who participated in the first two rounds in Jodhpur and Nashik are among the 120 who have confirmed entry and are raring to go. This Bhopal leg, which will be staged here at the BHEL Dussehra Ground, Opposite Carmel School, has 12 classes for which riders from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Kerala, Hyderabad, Nashik, Indore, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Cochi & Bhopal have confirmed their participation.

The Best Riders namely: H. K. Pradeep, Pramod Joshua, R. Natraj and Arvind K. P. from TVS Team – Bangalore; Shamim Khan, Vineeth Kurup, Maansingh Thakur and Suraj Kute from Nashik, A. Anand, Dinu Devasia from Coimbatore; Jagjit Singh, Kamlesh Sharma from Mumbai; K. Yesaswi from Hyderabad and Suhail Ahmed from Bangalore will burn their tyres to gain the glory in Gulf Dirt Track National Championship a round of FMSCI National Championship.

Then there are local riders like Muzaffar Ali, Syed Asif Ali, Shujaat Khan, Mohammed Ali Khan and other who all have the talent to upset calculations with their riding skills and claim a share of the Rs. 105,500/- in prize-money and trophies that is up for grabs.

The popularity of dirt track racing over the last couple of years has prompted Gulf Oil to renew its commitment to the sport. The company offer riders a chance to show off their skills in a safe and competitive environment.

On 22nd December 2011 there will be Scrutiny, Briefing and Practice. The third round will be held on December 23rd. The event will start at 09:30 a.m. While the round 4th of the Gulf Dirt Track National Championship will be held on December 24th (Saturday) which will start at 10:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, it may be stated here that Dirt track racing is like an F1 race on motorcycles, where riders, after a mass start, speed around a serpentine track, often slushy at places, looking to cross the finish first. The race is an exercise in judicious maneuvering and good balance of the bike around the many sharp bends.

TVS Racing riders stole the limelight in the first two rounds and are expected to repeat their performances in the last two. But it is the battle for individual honors that will provide interesting fare over three days December 22, 23 and 24.

Arvind K. P. missed the Jodhpur round, but entered the fray in the second round at Nashik and more than made up for the absence in the first round by winning two races in the Indian Expert Class and snatching a second and third place in the Foreign motorcycles up to 250cc 2 and 4-stroke bikes.

He leads the foreign motorcycles class along with his Bangalore teammate Pramod Joshua, both 71 points, and will be looking for that extra push to come out on top in Bhopal.

Joshua, who excelled in Jodhpur, is on top in the Indian Expert Class with 68 points, followed by teammates H. K. Pradeep (58) and R. Natraj (54 points). These three riders are capable of upsetting each other’s calculations and, hence, one can expect a stiff contest.

The battle in the Private Expert class too is really close, as Coimbatore’s A. Anand (70 points) is just two points ahead of Bangalore’s Suhail Ahmed (58) and Bhopal’s Syed Asif Ali (55). A slight slip-up in either of the last two legs could see. The positions change dramatically.

The battle is close in the Indian Novice class Group C up to 165cc – 2stroke too, where Jaipur’s Nitin Sharma, despite leading with 35 points, faces a stiff challenge from Ahmadabad riders Rajesh Shah and Manoj Wagela, who have 28 and 24 points respectively.

Coimbatore’s Dinu Devasia and Mangalore’s Adnan Ahmed are locked in an interesting duel in the Indian Novice class Group C above 135 cc up to 65cc class. Both have 37 points, and with nearest rival Mohammad Shakil of Aurangabad way behind on 19 points, the battle for the top spot will be between them.

Adnan Ahmed though, has the best chance of taking the overall honors in Group C up to 135 cc – 4 stroke, as he leads the field with 40 points, way ahead of Mumbai’s Kamlesh Sharma (26 points) and Bangalore’s Sharath Kumar (17). But motorcycle racing is a funny sport, one slip up by the rider or malfunction of the bike can prove decisive.

All in all, Bhopal fans have three days of the Christmas weekend to look forward too. With the country’s best riders and latest bikes they are guaranteed top class racing.

It may be stated here that Sportscraft, which was started by Shrikant Karani, has been named in the Limca Book of Records for achieving the landmark of organizing 250 motorsport events.

Photography contest
Meanwhile, Gulf Oil Corporation Limited has arranged special prizes for photographs (Colour / Black & White) published in newspapers, magazines etc. which are as follows:-

A. Photographs published on 3rd round practice & event on 23rd & 24th December 2011.

1st Prize-4000/-, 2nd Prize-3500/-, 3rd Prize-3000/-, 4th Prize-2500/-, 5th Prize-2000/-, 6th Prize-1000/-.

B. Photographs published on 4th round on 25th December 2011.

1st Prize-4000/-, 2nd Prize-3500/-, 3rd Prize-3000/-, 4th Prize-2500/-, 5th Prize-2000/-, 6th Prize-1000/-.

C. Photographs published between 26th December 2011 to 1wt January 2012. Of the event 23rd and 24th December (3rd & 4th round).

1st Prize-2500/-, 2nd Prize-2000/-, 3rd Prize-1500/-, 4th Prize-1000/-, 5th Prize-500/-, 6th Prize-500/-.






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