Pune: Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal and his co-driver Gurpartap Singh Sandhu beat the climate to take the lead in a night stage on day one of the Izuzu RFC India in Sanguem, Goa, on Monday.
According to provisional results, Sanbir and co-driver Gurupratap scored 387 points out of 500.
Jagat Nanjappa and co-driver Chetan Changappa from Coorg and Arunachal Pradesh respectively and Chow Ujjal Namshum along with co-driver Ingpeng Mein were in second and third positions with 332 and 300 points respectively.
The other two contestants who made it to the top five on the score board are Chandigarh’s Gurmeet Virdi (co-driver Kirpal Singh Tung) with 281 points and Hyderabad’s Dr Chaitanya Challa (co-driver Shabarish Jagarapu) with 268 points, at the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
The contestants will be given a few hours after the announcement of the Provisional Results for protest, before the final results for SS 1-5 are declared.
The first day of the mega off-road motorsport event was held at an off-road location in Taluka Sanguem of Goa, with 38 teams attempting SS 1 to 5.
Incessant rainfall made the tracks slippery and full of slush, making it extremely difficult for the contestants to tackle the stages.
“The stages were designed to be tough on the participants and their vehicles. While most of the SS were already quite demanding, the rains today have made them considerably tougher,” said David Metcalfe, Chief Scrutineer, of Isuzu RFC India.
Sanbir, who was at the overall third position during last year’s event, had an amazing start to the competition this year.
“The level of competition this year has definitely shot up. The tracks today were very slippery, because of which things became quite tricky. I even suffered a minor vehicular breakdown,” said Dhaliwal.