Coimbatore: There has been no rain in this part of the region for a while now, but more than the nature, it will be teammate Harith Noah that the championship leader R Natraj will have to worry about in the Round 5 of the MRF MoGrip FMSCI National 2-wheel rally championship here on Sunday.
More than a month ago it was pouring rain that offered challenge to Natraj and fellow competitors in the Sarul Hills of Nashik, but here in Coimbatore the challenge will be of different kind.
TVS Racing has decided to up the ante by fielding a credible rider Harith Noah, who has been a runaway leader in the National Supercross championship, in the Round 5 here with only one round of the championship remaining.
“It will be interesting to watch what Noah does in this round since he has nothing to gain here as he did not participate in the first four rounds,” pointed out Shyam Kothari, Director of Godspeed Racing, the Promoters of the championship.
TVS Racing could just be trying to push Natraj to up his performance given that he is just one win away from sealing the title.
The rally will be held around Kethanur, the windmill area in Coimbatore that provides a popular rally terrain.
Though riders from three teams and privateers are in the fray, champions TVS Racing looks primed to take most of the titles on offer.
“This being the fifth round and only one remaining in the season, every rider is charged up to give their best. The location is stunning and challenging at the same time,” said Kothari.
There are 51 riders who have entered the Round 5 in 9 different categories. The rally will begin on Sunday from AR Hall where all the riders underwent documentation and Scrutiny on Saturday.
“Most of the route is dirt or gravel with a few rough spots with 56.90-km of total stage distance. The total rally distance, including the transport section, will be 114.56-km,” said Kothari.
Later in the evening, the participants took the Ceremonial Start and headed towards Kethanur for the controlled recce.
The stages have two competitive sectors each measuring 14.5-km and 13.95-km respectively through which the competitors will go twice around.
On Sunday, the rally will begin from Kethanur and end at the AR Hall.