RFC India: Nanjappa extends lead after Thursday's running
Former rallyist Jagat Nanjappa extended his lead in Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India with a dominant showing on Thursday.
V5 Offroaders’ Nanjappa, who is ably assisted by co-driver Chetan Changappa, topped two of the day’s four stages to move 124 points clear of defending champion Gurmeet Virdi.
Nanjappa has scored 1614 out of a maximum of 2100 points over the course of five days, including a rest day, while Virdi trails behind with 1490 points on board.
“The competition over the last couple of days was defined by two things - participants’ luck and the mercy of the rain gods,” Nanjappa said.
“While some people got certain stages in day time, others got to do them at night. We ourselves didn’t expect to be in the lead. It’s difficult to hold on to the ladder now that we have reached here, but we plan to somehow cling on to it.”
Virdi and co-driver Kirpal Singh Tung ran neck-to-neck with Nanjappa for much of the day, but a DNF in SS20 proved costly and dropped them further adrift of the V5 Offroaders ace in the standings.
Malaysian driver Mervyn Lim (co-driver Alex Tan), who represent G.O.A. Fairmont, moved up to third in the classifications after Leg 4, jumping ahead of Chandigarh's Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal (co-driver Gurpartap Singh Sandhu).
The top five was completed by Chow Ujjal Namshum (co-driver Inpeng Mein), who continues to run strongly despite his rookie status in the event.
With the completion of Leg 4, the RFC India contingent will move to Green Hills Agri Farm in Maina, Quepem for four further stages, before the final stage takes place at Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat in Dona Paula on Saturday.
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