Gulf Dirt Track Racing: Round 3 and Clash of Titans

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Gulf Dirt Track Racing

Gulf Dirt Track, Third Round  – Bhopal

The TVS trio of C S Santosh, Arvind KP and HK Pradeep cornered the glory in the third and final leg of the Gulf Dirt Track Racking at the BHEL Dassera Ground in Bhopal on Saturday.

All three Bangalore riders, who were at the forefront in last season’s dirt track races, came up with brilliant displays to win a class each in the glamour events of the third round, organized by Sportscraft ,  ahead of Sunday’s ultimate round – ‘Clash of the Titans’.

Certainly, they are the favourites going into Sunday’s Clash of Titans which pits only the best riders from the previous three rounds.

Santosh, like in the previous round, did TVS Racing proud by sweeping the Indian Expert Class Group A Foreign Motorcycles upto 260 cc, while Pradeep emerged supreme in the Indian Expert Class Group B class for bikes upto 260cc 2 & 4 stroke.

Santosh was given a tough time by his TVS mates from Bangalore, but his flexibility and deft maneuvering over the serpentine bends proved decisive in his impressive showing.

While Pradeep and Arvind placed second and third respectively in the first race of the Indian Expert Class Group A Foreign Motorcycles upto 260 cc, they reversed the order in the second race as TVS completed a clean sewwp.
The goodly crowd that turned up on a chilly morning was left in awe as riders went through the motions in the event, organized by Sportscraft in association with Bhopal Automobile Sports Club.

If Santosh and Pradeep stole the honours in the Indian Expert class, it was R Prakash of Coimbatore who excelled in the other glamour event, the Private Expert Class for foreign motorcycles 260cc 2 & 4 stroke. He won both the classes, which saw Vineet Kurup and Nagpur’s Jatin Jain finished second and third respectively in one of the races in the class and  Nashik’s Shamim Khan and Kurup in that order in the second race.

Gulf Oil has over the years spared no effort in giving two-wheeler riders an opportunity to test their skills under a safe environment with events like Dirt Track Racing and the Monsoon Scooter Rally. Saturday’s event in Bhopal was no less challenging, as the course laid out by Sportscraft was really tough.

In addition to the sharp bends there was also loose gravel and water-logged areas to negotiate, which made riding a dicey proposition. However, all riders, first timers included, displayed excellent skills to come through this test of man and machine in flying colours.

There was huge cheering when the Novice class was run. But Coimbatore’s Santosh Kumar dashed local hopes as he beat Bhopal’s Mohammad Ali Khan in the Group C class for 165cc motorcycles. Khan gave a good account of himself but had to settle for second place, ahead Calicut’s Sarat KP.

Bangalore’s Naresh VS and Siddhanth Nayak finished first and second in the other novice class race for bikes upto 130 cc 4-stroke with Bhopal’s Mohd Yusuf taking tird place.

Naresh also won the second race in the class, beating Varun CV and Bhopal’s Yasir Ishaq, who had to settle for second and third places respectively.

While the crowd that turned up was appreciative of the event, the riders too were all praise for Sportscraft’s conduct of the event, which saw the races being gone through with precision efficiency. Surely there’s be a bigger crow to was the Clash of Titans on Sunday.

RESULTS

GULF CUP DIRT TRACK RACING 2010 – 11
3ND ROUND –  BHOPAL
FINAL RESULTS
POSITIONPRIZENAME OF THE WINNERORIGIN
INDIAN EXPERT CLASS,GROUP A –  FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE 1
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-*C.S SantoshBangalore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-*H.K PradeepBangalore
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-*Arvind K.PBangalore
INDIAN EXPERT CLASS,GROUP A –  FOREIGN M’CYLES UPTO 250CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE 2
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-*C.S SantoshBangalore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-*Arvind K.PBangalore
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-*H.K PradeepBangalore
INDIAN EXPERT CLASS, GROUP – B, MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE 1
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-*H.K PradeepBangalore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-*Arvind KPBangalore
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-*C.S SantoshBangalore
INDIAN EXPERT CLASS,GROUP B – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE 2
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-*H.K PradeepBangalore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-*C.S SantoshBangalore
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-*Arvind K.PBangalore
PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS,GROUP A – FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE – 1
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-R PrakashCoimbatore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Vineeth KurupNashik
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Jatin JainNagpur
PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS,GROUP A – FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE – 2
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-R PrakashCoimbatore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Shamim KhanNashik
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Vineeth KurupNashik
PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS,GROUP B – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE 1
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-Grishin KCKerala
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-R PrakashCoimbatore
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Rizwan ShaikhAurangabad
PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS,GROUP B – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE – RACE 2
1STTROPHY + RS. 3500/-R PrakashCoimbatore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Grishin KCKerala
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Murthy RBangalore
NOVICE CLASS, GROUP  C – MOTORCYCLES CC UPTO 165CC  , 2 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 3000/-Santosh KumarCoimbatore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Mohammed Ali KhanBhopal
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Sarath K.PCalicut
NOVICE  CLASS,GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES  UPTO 130CC  – 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 3000/-*Naresh V.SBangalore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-*Sidhhanth NayakBangalore
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Mohd YousufBhopal
NOVICE CLASS, GROUP – C, MOTORCYCLE 131CC UPTO 165CC – 4 STROKES
1STTROPHY + RS. 3000/-*Naresh V.SBangalore
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Varun CVKerala
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Yasir IshaqBhopal
* TVS RACING TEAM
OPEN EVENTS
SCOOTERS – GROUP C, UPTO 110CC 2 & 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 2500/-Mujjafar AliBhopal
2NDTROPHY + RS. 1800/-Shahdab KhanBhopal
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1200/-Firoz KhanAurangabad
LOCAL CLASS – GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES  UPTO 165CC, 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 3000/-Mujjafar AliBhopal
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Mohd. AnsarBhopal
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Mohd. YousufBhopal
LOCAL CLASS –  GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 165CC , 2 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 3000/-Mujjafar AliBhopal
2NDTROPHY + RS. 2300/-Mohammed Ali KhanBhopal
3RDTROPHY + RS. 1700/-Shujaat KhanBhopal

Gulf Dirt Track Finals: Clash of Titans, Bhopal

The country’s leading riders gave Bhopal’s motorsport fans something to shout about as they went through the motions in the third leg of the Gulf Dirt Track Racing and Clash of Titans at the BHEL Dassera Ground over the weekend.

If they got a glimpse of what dirt track racing was all about when the third leg of the event, organized by Sportscraft, was run on Saturday, the Clash of the Titans, which pit only the best riders of the previously held legs in Hyderabad, Nashik and Bhopal, that followed on Sunday was a virtual feast of top class riding.

H K Pradeep and Arvind KP of TVS Racing Team came up with brilliant displays in the Clash of the Titans’ to emerge the undisputed kings of dirt track motorcycle racing in India.

Bangalore riders Pradeep and Arvind showed the class champions are made of to upset the applecart of their TVS Racing teammate C S Santosh, who was favourite going into the Clash of Titans after the brilliant display on Saturday, and take the honours, as the trio proved a distinct class above the field.

Pradeep and Arvind won one race each of the two races in the Indian Expert Class Group A Foreign Motorcycles upto 260 cc, relegating Santosh to third place in one race and Vishal Barguje, another Bangalore rider, to third place in the second race.

Like in the previous rounds, Pradeep and Arvind, astride TVS bikes, were clear winners in the Indian Expert class Group A for foreign motorcycle despite being challenged all the way by Santosh and Barguje.

Much was anticipated from this Clash of the Titans, and none disappointed as they went through the motions on a specially-laid out course at high speeds, their superbly prepared bike raising a dust storm all over.

The course laid out by organizers Sportscraft was really tough. In addition to the sharp bends there was also loose gravel and slushy areas to negotiate, which made riding a dicey proposition, but all riders displayed excellent skills to come through this test of man and machine in flaying colours.

If the above-named champions dazzled, Coimbatore’s R Prakash was not far behind in his riding skills as he took one race in the Private Expert class for foreign motorcycles upto 250cc 2 & 4 stroke and finished second behind Girish KC of Kerala in another. The duo were challenged all the way by Nashik’s Vineet Kurup and Shamim Khan but clever maneuvering around the sharp bends won them the day. Kurup and Khan could only place second and third in one of the two races.

Bhopal’s Mohammad Ali Khan gave the home fans lost to cheer as he beat back a stiff challenge from Santosh Kumar of Coimbatore to win one race in the Novice class for bikes upto 165cc 2-stroke and upto 130cc. Bangalore’s Naresh VS of TVS Racing Team won the other race in the category.

For riders and public which came in large numbers, this Gulf Oil event was certainly one to remember. They had two days of two-class action from the best riders and their bikes. The manner in which it was conducted left no room for complain from any quarter. After all, Sportscraft’s usual competence in running events with clock-like precision made it possible.

RESULTS

GULF CUP DIRT TRACK RACING – FINAL ROUND
CLASH OF TITANS – 2010 – 11 BHOPAL
NOVICE  CLASS, GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES  UPTO 130CC  – 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 22500/-*NARESH VSBANGALORE
2NDTROPHY + RS. 15000/-SANTOSH KUMARCOIMBATORE
3RDTROPHY + RS. 12000/-SARATH KPCALICUT
NOVICE CLASS, GROUP – C, MOTORCYCLE 131CC UPTO 165CC – 4 STROKES
1STTROPHY + RS. 22500/-*NARESH VSBANGALORE
2NDTROPHY + RS. 15000/-YASIR ISHAQBHOPAL
3RDTROPHY + RS. 12000/-*SIDDHANTH NAYAKBANGALORE
NOVICE CLASS, GROUP  C – MOTORCYCLES CC UPTO 165CC, 2 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 22500/-MOHAMMED ALI KHANBHOPAL
2NDTROPHY + RS. 15000/-SANTOSH KUMARCOIMBATORE
3RDTROPHY + RS. 12000/-SUHAIL AHMEDBANGALORE
PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS, GROUP B – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 28000/-GRISHIN KCKERALA
2NDTROPHY + RS. 20000/-R PRAKASHCOIMBATORE
3RDTROPHY + RS. 15000/-FIROZ KHANAURANGABAD
PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS, GROUP A – FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC – 2 & 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 28000/-R PRAKASHCOIMBATORE
2NDTROPHY + RS. 20000/-SHAMIM KHANNASHIK
3RDTROPHY + RS. 15000/-VINEETH KURUPNASHIK
INDIAN EXPERT CLASS, GROUP – B, MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 27000/-*HK PRADEEPBANGALORE
2NDTROPHY + RS. 18000/-*ARVIND KPBANGALORE
3RDTROPHY + RS. 13500/-*VISHAL BARGUJEBANGALORE
INDIAN EXPERT CLASS, GROUP A –  FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC  – 2 & 4 STROKE
1STTROPHY + RS. 27000/-*ARVIND KPBANGALORE
2NDTROPHY + RS. 18000/-*HK PRADEEPBANGALORE
3RDTROPHY + RS. 13500/-*CS SANTOSHBANGALORE
* TVS RACING TEAM
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