Goa hosted the 5th round of the Indian National TSD Rally Championship 2014 with total prize money amounting to over 2.5 lakhs
1. Ajgar Ali/Mohammad Musthafa M.K. (Total penalty 00:30 seconds)
2. M.D. Ganesh Moorthy/T. Nagarajan (00:38, Team Tata Motors)
3. Sandeep Mukherjee/Suvarjit Datta (00:39)
1. Chidananda Murthy/B.S. Sujith Kumar (01:08 minutes, Team Tata Motors)
2. Vikas Puttur/Sekar V. (01:29, Team Tata Motors)
3. Saurav Chatterjee/Ashoke Kumar Basu (01:56, Team Tata Motors)
Ajgar Ali and navigator Mohammad Musthafa M.K. won their second consecutive overall title emerging champions in the MRF Rally de Goa, the fifth round of the FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship.
Ali and Musthafa thus consolidated their position at the top of the championship table with a tally of 96 points while M.D. Ganesh Moorthy and T. Nagarajan of Team Tata Motors finished second followed by Sandeep Mukherjee and Suvarjit Datta.
In the Pro-Stock category, Team Tata Motors completed a 1-2-3 finish with Chidananda Murthy and B.S. Sujith Kumar from Bangalore notching their fourth win in a row to further cement their position in the championship standings with a tally of 106 points.
Finishing second in the category were teammates Vikas Puttur and Sekar V. and Saurav Chatterjee and Ashoke Kumar Basu.
Rally enthusiasts from across the country converged in Goa for the MRF Rally de Goa. Goa hosted the 5th round of the Indian National TSD Rally Championship 2014 with total prize money amounting to over 2.5 lakhs.
Organised by FB Motorsports, MRF Rally de Goa hosted over 20 entries for the national championship round, from enthusiasts across cities including teams from Tata Motors, Mahindra and Maruti Suzuki. Classes included Pro Expert, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Ladies.
Regularity rallying, also known as TSD rallying (Time, Speed, Distance), is a form of motor sport usually conducted on public roads but sometimes including off road and track sections. The object of these rallies is to maintain precise times and precise average speeds on various segments of a predefined route. Each team usually consists of a driver and navigator. Teams usually start a regularity rally at fixed intervals creating a field that is spread along the route.
Farad Bhathena of FM Motorsports who spearheaded the initiative of bringing TSD rallies to Goa is a well known rally driver having competed in over 200 rallies and races in India and South East Asia. A three time National Rally Champion and multiple winner of the iconic Great Himalayan Desert Rallies, BBC Top Gear has rated him as amongst the 10 best drivers ever in the country.
TSD rallies are run on public roads, in normal cars, at speeds that are at or below the legal limit for that road section of road. Most of the roads are dirt or gravel back roads, but are chosen carefully.
MRF Rally de Goa is supported by MRF, IMG, Nazri Resorts and Manipal Hospital.