AVT Premium South India Rally, 1st Round of INRC - 2013

The first round of the Indian National Rally Championship with its two more championships, each for the International participants and for the newly conceived SUV Championship was announced recently.

AVT Premium South India Rally [Chennai, India], the opening round of 2013 FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship is all set and ready to run from 22nd to 24th March 2013. The event organized by Madras Motor Sports Club, will be attracting all leading drivers and co-drivers from all over India and beyond borders will be fighting for top honours in the 2013 FMSCI National Rally Championships for their respective category/championships.
  1. Indian Rally Championship (IRC)
  2. Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) – Overall
  3. INRC 1600 Championship
  4. Junior INRC
  5. Indian SUV Rally Championship [newly formed]
The new season also set to welcome a new car [newly homologated for rally], debuting VW Polo 1.6 to set to take on the Indian rally stages. It is Team Slideways Industries, who will be fielding two VW Polo rally cars and two Suzuki Baleno rally cars on this opening round of INRC.

In the SUV category, Mahindra Motorsports will be fielding two Super XUV500, with Gaurav Gill & Sunny Siddu behind the wheels.

The AVT Premium South India Rally, the round 1 of the 7 round National Championship will have a total distance of around 300 kms, out of which 117 kms will be that of Special Stages, wherein speed is the criteria.

The Rally has three dirt stages viz. AAVISA (17.00 kms), the IVCRL, which is 11 kms and the third one around the Madras Motor Race Track in Sriperumbudur which is 9 kms.  All these stages are run three times each.

Manoj Dalal, the Clerk of the Course of the AVT Premium South India Rally said, “I welcome the competitors to the AVT Premium South India Rally.  We have taken note of competitor feedback from previous years and modified the course to make it more enjoyable and competitive. The SSS will be run on our high-speed race track. I’m sure the 2013 edition of this rally will be challenging and exciting for competitors and spectators”.

The rally action starts on Saturday, the 23rd March 2013, with the 1st car scheduled to be flagged off at 08:00 hrs, from the Madras Motor Race Track for the Super Special Stage, followed by the AAVISA stage, IVRCL Stage and the Track Stage.  The three special stages are repeated another time to end the Leg 1 rally on Saturday for an overnight Parc-Ferme at 16:54 hrs.
The Leg 2 starts on Sunday, the 24th March 2014 with the SSS and ends with one loop of the three special stages, followed by the Podium Ceremony @ 13:45 hrs, Post event scrutineering and posting of final official classification.

Competitors in the AVT Premium South India Rally will be battling it out on the course for their winning share of the total prize money of Rs  5.0 lakhs. 

The rally documents are available for download from www.fmsci.co.in

[Edit] Entry list can be found here, Page 1 & Page 2.

Here is a what happened at last time the rally was held in 2011.

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Ogier Wins - Rally Guanajuato, Mexico | WRC - 2013

Ogier after SS21
Final service at VW Motorsports
After a thrilling fight for the top three podium positions in the third round of WRC, Rally Mexico, Sebastien Ogier grabs the top step with a good 3m26.8s advantage.

The final day of rally ended with the last three stages, with the opening stage, SS21 [Guanajuatito], being the biggest of the entire rally of 54.85 km. Mikko Hirvonen in his Citroen DS3 WRC went on to set a blistering pace to win the stage and secure his second spot safe and secure off the charging Thierry Neuville with his Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Charging Mikko!
Ken Block around a corner..
After a final quick service, SS22 [Derramadero] the Power Stage - 21.14 km, was won by the rally leader himself and took the extra bonus points to his kitty account, that could count into vital at the end of the championship. Mads Ostberg, despite his best efforts managed a second fastest finish, satisfying himself with 2 points and the ill-fated Jari Matti-Latvala took the last single point for this round of this rally, and finished out of the normal point scoring top ten overall.

The final stage was a spectator special, with is double the distance of the what we had witnessed in the past two days.
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Ogier is Unbeatable | Day 3 - Rally Guanajuato, Mexico - 2013

Sebastien Ogier is virtually unbeatable with a gap of 3m32.4s ahead of second placed Mikko Hirvonen, unless the Frenchman encounters any problems with the car or alike.

Qatar M-Sport WRT's no.1 driver Mads Ostberg had to retire in the second stage yesterday after his Ford Fiesta RS WRC car alternator generated some issues, which eventually lead to engine failure. Thierry Neuville [like Mikko], encashed on Mads disappointing retirement and settled on third overall.

There was a shuffle-up in the lower point-scoring order too, Dani Sordo now sits in 4th, while Nasser Al-Attiyah moving up to 5th overall. Ken Block, Chris Atkinson, Guerra, Martin Prokop and Evgeny Novikov are the finishing top ten in descending order respectively.

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