Published on July 21st, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Malaysian, Karamjit Singh finished second to overall winner Gaurav Gill in the INRC (Round- 2) Rally of Maharastra today. Going flat out in his Volkswagen Polo on an overcast day, the JK Tyre sponsored Karamjit did well on the final three stages to win the Indian Rally Championship (IRC) Class and finish second overall. Gill, driving a modified XUV 500, was quickest (1 hour 26 minutes 0 secs), with Karamjit trailing in at (1 hour 27 minutes 40 secs).
Karamjit, driving his VW Polo, lived up to his top billing clocking the fastest time among the two-wheel-drive (2WD) cars on a terrain that he described as “challenging and extremely tricky”. Held on the outskirts of Nashik, the event is the only tarmac rally in the INRC calendar and this year the rains threw another challenge at the drivers. The 2002 Production Car World Champion, began the day with a bang going the fastest on the first stage of the day to take the Polo to its second victory in only its second rally.
Rallying the Volkswagen Polo for the first time, Karamjit was on the pace from the word go clocking blistering times. “I am pleasantly surprised with the Polo,” said Karamjit, who hopes to do well in Coimbatore, the third round of the INRC. “Basically I like flat and rugged terrains. Tarmac is no fun, but here the challenge was different and I wanted to get back to the basics,” he Karamjit said after victory ceremony. “The car is faster than the two-wheel-drive cars I’ve driven in the APRC and has a lot of potential. Everything worked extremely well including the tyres and I am looking forward to going even quicker on the next rally in Coimbatore,” he said.