Pune: Veteran Jagat Nanjappa and his co-driver Chetan Changappa from Coorg stood ahead of all to top the leaderboard the SS-10-17 on the day four of the Isuzu RFC India at Quepem in Goa on Thursday.
Nanjappa and Changappa secure their top position with the total of 1261 points while defending champion Gurmeet Virdi and co-driver Kirpal Singh Tung from Chandigarh climbed up two spots to claim the second position with 1199 points.
Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal along with co-driver Gurpartap Singh Sandhu from Chandigarh, who was on top spot till now moved down to the third spot with 1087 points.
Malaysian driver Mervyn Lim with co-driver Alex Tan and Chow Ujjal Namshum with co-driver Ingpeng Mein from Arunachal Pradesh were at the fourth and fifth positions at the end of Day 4 with 1064 and 1054 points respectively.
“We rolled-down in the first stage that we attempted today and ended up with a DNF. In the second stage, we faced technical issues with the 4WD setting of our vehicle. But then we pushed ourselves a little extra to make up for the lost points. Thankfully, things took a positive turn and the rest of the day went well for us,” said Nanjappa.
Gurmeet Virdi of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, who has finally claimed a spot in the top three in Season 5 of RFC India, said, “I had some luck riding by my side today as I managed to perform well in most of the Stages. I had zero DNFs and my timings were also good.”
The strategy ahead would be to complete all the stages and try to be one of the fastest vehicles, if not the fastest,” added Virdi.
The night stages added an extra level of difficulty for the contestants as limited visibility meant that they had to be extra vigilant to ensure that they did not take a wrong step, which would lead to loss of points or damage to their vehicle.