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Satish Kumar, Chethan Chengappa win 2022 Rainforest Problem India | Autocar India

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As winners of the 2022 RFC India, Kumar and Chengappa will get to compete within the Grand Ultimate in Malaysia later this 12 months.

Satish Kumar and co-driver Chethan Chengappa emerged as the general winners of the 2022 Rainforest Problem (RFC) India after every week of competitors in Goa. The 2 now earn an automated entry to the RFC Grand Ultimate in Malaysia later this 12 months.

That is Kumar’s first RFC India triumph, whereas Chengappa takes dwelling his third victory as a co-driver (having beforehand received the 2018 and 2019 editions).

  • RFC Grand Ultimate in Malaysia from November 27-December 8
  • 2021 winner Kabir Waraich finishes second
  • Hassle for early chief Mohammed Fahed VP

What’s Rainforest Problem India?

Historically held in Goa, Rainforest Problem India is broadly thought to be one of the demanding off-road competitions within the nation, and, over time, it has amassed a cult following. The occasion exams opponents’ driving and automobile restoration expertise, teamwork, in addition to bodily and psychological endurance beneath excessive off-road circumstances.

The eighth version noticed participation from a complete of 27 groups throughout the nation – every workforce comprising a driver and co-driver.

Satish Kumar, Chethan Chengappa take victory

Dr Mohammed Fahed VP and co-driver Rajeev Lal held an early lead for the primary three days. Kumar took an enormous hit in Particular Stage 1 (SS1) as a number of points left him unable to attain any factors. He even described it as his most difficult stage of the occasion – “If I’ve to decide on essentially the most difficult one for us, it must be SS 1. Our automobile toppled as soon as and rolled over twice in that SS. We by some means recovered our automobile and continued, however on the final impediment of the SS, our automobile’s batteries blew up and we couldn’t full that Stage. Whereas everybody had not less than 20 factors for DNF (Did Not End), we additionally had penalties and subsequently acquired a zero for SS 1.”

Kumar and Chengappa moved into the lead on the finish of Day four and additional solidified that with a robust efficiency within the Twilight Zone. Historically, RFC India’s Twilight Zone requires the opponents to enter an uncharted territory from one level and to exit from one other level inside a specified time interval. Nonetheless, this 12 months additionally they needed to end three Particular Levels whereas they have been within the Twilight Zone. 

After a week-long battle, Kumar and Chengappa took prime honours, with an general rating of 1,895/2,500 factors. They’ll now transfer on to the Grand Ultimate in Malaysia from November 27-December 8. “It took seven makes an attempt since 2014 when the India version of RFC Malaysia was launched for me to make it to the general podium. I really feel on prime of the world!” Kumar rejoiced.

Kabir Waraich second general

The winners of final 12 months’s RFC India – Kabir Waraich and co-driver Dushyant Khosla – completed second general with 1,825 factors. N Abinav Reddy and Vishuthi Varun have been third with 1,734 factors.

Regardless of being the early leaders, Dr Mohammed Fahed VP and Rajeev Lal dropped down the order after being unable to take part in any of the levels on Day 5.

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