The Bangalore Off-Roaders (BODA) duo of Sidhartha Santosh and Lokesh Shivaraja have been crowned winners of the first edition of JK Tyre Xtreme 4Play.
Set in an 1800-acre forest reserve in Chandigarh’s Ropar District, the Xtreme 4Play off-roading competition consisted of seven stages, spread over three days.
Santosh and Shivaraja’s two-car team, assisted by co-drivers Prithviraj A C and Rohith K R respectively, completed the event with a total of 455 points to clinch the title and bag a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh [$3000].
It was second victory for Santosh and Shivaraja in a JK Tyre-organised off-road event, having triumphed in the Orange 4x4 Fury last year.
Gerrari Offroaders’ Tejinder Singh and Gurusahib Singh finished five points behind the winners in second place, having started on the backfoot with a troubled outing in Friday’s nightstage.
Meanwhile, Vijay Kumar and Prashant Venkappa took the third spot, ensuring two BODA teams on the podium.
2016 RFC winner Gurmeet Virdi - and Kabir Waraich, who was driving the sister car - suffered a technical blow in the penultimate stage, leaving the most prominent Gerrari Offoraders’ team in fourth place.
In the non-modified 4x4 Play category, SS Dhaliwal and Harinder Singh Gill took the top honour, with Naresh Sharma and Deepak Thakua finishing runner-up.
Vijay Kumar and Pradeep Kumar were classified third, while Ritika Oberoi was honoured for being the only woman participant in the event.