In what it was looking like a troubled season from the start with late announcements with all the drama over the title sponsors, the Indian National Rally Championship has been all, but just two rallies. Rally of Coorg [initially it was Rally of Mysore, before the venue shifted] was cancelled due to heavy rains, hence rendering the stages undrive-able.
So the season was jut cut short to just 3 rallies, and the last one was scheduled just before Christmas. Since, last week unconfirmed news [like rumors] was creeping on the FB Rally community & finally it was official that it too was off. So that means, the championship is bound with just two rounds & it is creating more confusions, whether the championship will be nullified [as per the books, which says minimum of 3 rallies], or otherwise.
This season also saw a lots of changes to the Classes of the cars which were to be run & the big off was perhaps the knocking off the uber-costly Group N+’s. Which was like kind of good for the competitors & teams, but not so with the fans & alike. But, there was still hope with the new IRC [Indian Rally Championship], which is open to even foreign nationals to be able to battle with the N4 & R4 spec cars. This could have become a star-show stealer if only there was much bigger competition, but nevertheless it had an entry by an Indian team, Team Kajah Motorsports, who did a brilliant job in getting a Subaru Impreza STi in the newly created championship series. The only thing missing, was the competition, which we hope to see more in the upcoming season.
K1000 Rally of Bangalore, The first round of the season 2012.