RFC India, Leg 6: Virdi beats Lim by 10 points to take maiden win

Gerrari Offroader’s Gurmeet Virdi defeated Merwyn Lim to claim the 2016 Rainforest Challenge India title, ending Force Motors’ hegemony in the annual off-road event.

Virdi (co-driver Kripal Tung) trailed Lim (co-driver Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid) by 40 points heading into the final day, the Malaysian driver having held the lead since Leg 4.

But the Indian managed to overturn the deficit by scoring 180 points across the day’s two stages, with Lim only managing 129 points.

Virdi's final tally came to 2177 while Lim was 10 points behind, taking second place ahead of Force Motors' teammate Tan Eng Joo (co-driver Tan Choon Hong).

Joo and Force Motors' two years winning run came to end with Virdi's win, the Malaysian being the only other driver to break into the 2000 points club.

Further back, Kabir Waraich (co-driver Gagan Sachdeva) and Cedrick Jordan DaSilva (co-driver Floyd Preston) finished level on points.

Waraich is classified fourth with the Force Motors' driver maintaining a clean sheet while DaSilva was handed a 70 points penalty in Leg 5.

Meanwhile, RFC South India winner Jagat Nanjappa (co-driver Chethan Chengappa) continued to make strides on the final day, finishing a strong seventh in the overall timesheets, behind Abinav Nukala (co-driver Laxmikanth Thota).

The two stages in the final leg were topped by Siddhartha Santosh (co-driver Yanrenthung Jamio), but was only 11th overall in the standings.

Final Standings:

Pos

Driver

Points

1

 Gurmeet Virdi

 Kirpal Singh Tung

2177

2

 Merwyn Lim

 Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid

2166

3

 Tan Eng Joo

 Tan Choon Hong

2111

4

 Kabir Waraich

 Gagan Sachdeva

1938

5

 Cedrick Jordan DaSilva

 Floyd Preston

1938

6

 Abinav Reddy Nukala

 Laxmikanth Reddy Thota

1831

7

 Jagat Nanjappa

 Chethan Chengappa

1801

8

 Sajid Fakih

 Imran Kazi

1629

9

 Bijender Singh

 Gajender Singh

1536

10

 Chaitanya Challa

 Shabarish Jagarapu

1513

11

 Siddharta Santosh

 Yanrenthung Jamio

1475

12

 Jithender Nath A

 Syed Taj

1362
13

 Lokesh Shivaraja

 Rohith KR

1344
14

 Tejas Shindolkar

 Pushker Audi

1194
15

 Kartik Sharmka

 Rajiv Yadav

1095
16

 Harkeerat Singh Sahi

 Karn Singh

1057
17

 Daulat Deepram Choudhary

 Jeet Tapaswi

1009
18

 Tejinder Singh

 Harpeet Singh

817
19

 Sam Kurian

 Guhan Shetty

784
20

 Pradeep Kumar M

 Prithviraj AC

773
21

 Sameer Chunawala

 Amrut Kadam

758
22

 Anand V Manjooran

 George Verghese

704
23

 Vivek Kuriakosse

 Ashok Kurakose

703
24

 Madhusudhan Reddy

 Kumar Raju

672
25

 Raju Paul

 Kevin Jose

440
26

 Damaninder Singh

 Monu Kumar

377
27

 Rajasekhara Prabhu

 B Mallesham

344
28

 Kurian Kurian

Prem Kumar

144
29

 Gurpartap Singh

 Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal

30
30

 Narthan Byramudi

 Satish Kumar

10
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