Chikmagalur Rally: Kadur & Takale share wins in INRC & IRC's penultimate round
Karna Kadur won the Indian National Rally Championship's category of Chikmagalur Rally on Sunday, while Sanjay Takale emerged victorious in the Indian Rally Championship contingent.
Kadur (co-driver Nikhil Pai) completed INRC’s eight stages in 01hr32m13.8s, 1m15.5s clear off fellow Volkswagen Polo driver Bikku Babu (co-driver Milen George).
While Volkswagen secured a 1-2 finish through its customer programme, it wasn’t exactly a perfect day for the German manufacturer with Rally de North winner Arjun Rao (co-driver K Rajgopal) crashing out after hitting a tree.
However, it was Mahindra who had the worst results of all, with both Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik) and Sunny Sidhu (co-driver Musa Sheriff) failing to finish the rally.
While title contender Ghosh retired in the penultimate stage with a suspected technical problem, Sidhu wasn’t classified for failing to reach the parc ferme.
Meanwhile, Rahul Kantharaj (co-driver Vivek Bhatt) completed the podium in a Mitsubishi Evo 8 with a time of 1hr34m51.9s.
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Mitsubishi Evo 8
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Takale wins IRC class
Despite a front-left puncture that severely hampered his time in Leg 1, Takale (co-driver Noriko Takeshita) managed to win the IRC class of the championship in his Subaru Impreza WRZ STI.
The veteran Indian rally driver who secured a podium finish in the international APRC class was also eligible for points in the IRC category, taking a dominant win.
Meanwhile, Ritesh M Guttedar (co-driver Sheeraz Ahmed) finished over 12 minutes behind in second, with Byram Godrej (co-driver Ninad Mirajgaonkar) completing the podium.
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Mitsubishi Evo 8
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