Pune: The 4th JK Tyre Orange 4x4 Fury off-roading event which got underway here on Friday saw as many as 11 driver-navigator teams from different parts of the country in fray.
Hosted in the breathtaking Lower Dirang Valley’s quaint village Dambuk, it is part of the highly popular Orange Festival of Adventure and Music that draws fans from various cities.
OFAM 2017 is being held over four days, from December 15 to 18, and will see the competitors pitting themselves and their machines against nature in the semi tropical rain forests of Arunachal.
MOCCA (Arunachal Pradesh), Gerrari Offroaders (Chandigarh) and KTM Jeepers (Kerala) are expected to fight it out for the title, given their experience and expertise in this form of motor-sport.
The Gerrari Offroaders are the hot favourites, having won the first edition of the 4X4 Fury in 2015. KabirWaraich, winner of the latest Ultimate Desert Challenge, and Gurmeet Virdi, overall winner in the Force Gurkha RFC India 2017, make a formidable pair.
The local team, MOCCA, led by Tseng Tsing Mein, Sunima Mein, Meoseng Namshoom, will also hope to do better last year.
“They have been working on their vehicles and their skills all through the year and have emerged as a force to reckon with,” Sanjay Sharma, Head of JK Motorsports said.
The KTM JEEPERS from Kottayam, with veteran off-roader Sam Kurien at the helm, will also be watched carefully. His team arrived for the competition after a ‘crazy’ 4,000 km ride.
An interesting set of stages - ‘Show man’, ‘Bizari by the Swamp’, ‘Dance of the Sisari’, ‘Dibang Fury’, ‘Horn OfZaktum’, ‘Dambuk Fury’ and ‘Orange Fury’ - has been laid out for the teams. As a package, they will test the teams’ driving skills and nerves across land, water and hills.
Apart adventure sports, there is a spectacular feast for music lovers too.
1. KTM Jeepers (Kottayam Kerela); 2. Renegade Jeepers; 3. Association of Offroaders (Nagaland); 4. MOCCA (Arunachal Pradesh); 5. Kerala Adventure Sports Club; 6. GerrariOffroaders (Chandigarh); 7. Kanaur Riders and Offroaders Club (Kerala); 8. Kerala Riders N Off-roading Club); 9. Kerala Adventure and Sports Club; 10. Renegade Riders; 11. Association Off-roaders of Nagaland.