Run concurrently with the opening round of the Blueband Sports-promoted Fmsci Indian National Rally Championship, the competitors will be tested over 131kms of Special Stages, beginning with two loops of cross-over Super Special Stage on Friday afternoon.
Last year’s winner of the India round of Asia Cup and reigning Indian national champion Karna Kadur (co-driver Nikhil Pai) will defend his title, piloting a Volkswagen Polo. Also headlining the APRC field are Gaurav Gill, a three-time APRC champion, partnered by a new co-driver in Aniruddha Rangnekar in a Subaru Impreza, and Thailand’s Toyota Rally team’s Pornsiricherd Mana (Meenil Thanyaphat).
The rally starts on Friday with two runs of the 1.8km super special stage. Saturday covers seven stages inland from the Madras International Circuit (MIC) rally hub. A number of the stages include roads around the venue – reconfigured. Sunday concludes with four stages returning the teams to the MIC for an event podium from noon.
Images courtesy of Madras Motorsports Club