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Malaysian drivers finish on top, Indian duo ends third

The first edition of Rain Forest Challenge (RFC) in Goa saw Pune-based Force Motors’ Team Gurkha bagging the first two positions. Force Motors had entered three vehicles in the event. Gurkha No. 120 driven by Malaysians Tan Eng Joo and navigator Tan Choon Hong claimed overall victory with 1877 points after six days of strenous action in Goa.

Fellow Malaysian team members Mervyn Wei Shiong and navigator Abdul Hamizan Hamid on Gurkha No. 107 were edged out by just a single point and had to remain content with  the second  position. Both teams battled neck and neck throughout in the event which saw a total of 23 cars coming under starter’s orders.

The third Gurkha (No. 121) led by Sanjiv Singh and navigator Jay Shridhar was among the trio which cleaned up the maximum stages but could only go on to bag eighth position overall. Indians Kabir Waraich and Gagan Sachdeva of Gerrari Offroaders took the third place thereby earning themselves a direct entry into the RCF Malaysia 2014 to be held in November.

The event subjected the competitors to incessant rain, steep slippery slopes, deep ruts, gullies,
flooded rivers, and landslides, all with interesting and unpredictable twists. There were four levels of special stages in order of increasing difficulty; Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight. The participants had to tackle 30 special stages across a multitude of obstacles, to be declared as overall winners.
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