The Terminator leg of the 2015 Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge India which took place in Goa has now come to an end. Force Motors’ RFC is the country’s only international off-road motorsport event. The Terminator leg of this gruelling off-road competition took place in Goa’s Costi village.
The competition’s Terminator leg tested the competitors on various parameters including the articulation of the vehicle, their understanding of how to use the recovery equipment to cross hurdles and how to make use of the natural surroundings to progress in the competition. Malaysian driver Tan Eng Joo (co-driver Tan Choon Hong) from the Force Motors Team retained his top position in RFC India 2015 after the completion of the Terminator leg of the competition. Tan Eng Joo scored an overall 1879 points. Fellow Malaysian Mervyn Lim (Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid) gained 1824 points from Special Stage (SS) 1-24. He is also at the second position, thereby helping Force Motors in holding on to the top two positions in the competition.
Kabir Waraich (co-driver Yuvraj Tiwana) of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh is currently the top Indian in the competition, and at the third position with 1680 points. However, Goan driver Cedrick Jordan DaSilva (co-driver Floyd Preston) jumped from sixth to fourth position with a total score of 1648 points. Gurmeet Virdi (co-driver Kirpal Tung) of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh began the competition on an excellent note at the top position during the Prologue leg. Now though, he has slipped to the fifth spot with 1639 points.
Tan maintained above 50 points in each of the six SS of the Terminator leg. Mervyn too showed some brilliant performance with 90 points in two of the SS and 100 points in two other SS. Kabir Waraich had a bad start of the day with the tyre of his Maruti Gypsy coming off in SS19, but made up for it later with 90 points in two of the SS and 95 in two other tasks. Cedrick performed all the tasks and got 90 and 95 points in SS19 and SS20, respectively.
The Terminator leg also witnessed the inaugural RFC India Media Challenge in which representatives of 11 media houses across India participated. They were made to complete two Special Stages (speed tasks) in a Polaris RZR 800. Ryan Lee of Car India won the Media Challenge and has won a ticket to Malaysia to watch the RFC Mother Event in November. The last leg of the competition, the Twilight Zone will take place in Morlem before the winner of RFC India 2015 is announced on Friday. The best Indian driver of the competition will get a free entry to the RFC Mother Event which will be held in Malaysia later in 2015.