Kumar, Shetty and Anush take wins in AWD Challenge's Coorg round

The Slush round of Indian AWD Challenge took place in Coorg district of Karnataka with competitors driving in the Jeep, Gypsy and Open classes.

Over 30 participants in the three categories competed on September 10-11 on the mountains of Vanachal Village in Madikeri, covering two stages of 7.5 km with steep climb and boulders.

After the first day of scrutiny and recce along with drivers briefing, the action kick started on Day 2 with Stage 1 in the muddy terrains having steep climb and sharp turns in the forest.

Everyone bar one driver made it to the post-lunch Stage 2, which started under rain making it all the more difficult with poor visibility.

The flat stretch in the grasslands allowed drivers to push to the maximum towards the finish line with Bharath Kumar (co-driver Mahesh) taking win with a total time of 6m25s in the Jeep class.

It was a close fight as Ajay Shetty (co-driver Ashwin Das) ended mere 0.04s behind, while Bopanna MP (co-driver Mithun Mandepanda) were third.

Meanwhile, in the Gypsy class, Shetty took the win covering a time of 6m03s, as Nithin (co-driver Nischal) and Sachin Moorthy (co-driver Kumar KD) ended just 0.01s of each other's time in second and third respectively.

Finally, Anush (co-driver Navnit) were declared winners in the Open class, ending 0.13s ahead of Nanaiah (co-driver Karumbaiah), with Chethan (co-driver Jagat Nanjappa) third.

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Series Offroad
Event AWD Challenge: Coorg
Article type Race report