Arka Motorsports' Karna Kadur, co-driver Nikhil Pai wins 44th South India Rally

Meanwhile, three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif), who had retired on Saturday with a mechanical failure but restarted on Sunday, eventually finished second behind Kadur.

Published: 28th March 2022 07:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2022 07:46 AM   |  A+A-

Karna Kadur

Karna Kadur (Photo| Instagram)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Bengaluru pair of Karna Kadur and co-driver Nikhil Pai (Arka Motorsports) kept their nerves to win the 44th South India Rally, which is a round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (Asia Cup) and the concluding round of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2021 here on Sunday.

Even as Kadur and Pai celebrated their Asia Cup (India leg) victory on their APRC debut, Himachal's Aditya Thakur and co-driver Virender Kashyap (Chettinad Sporting) clinched their maiden national championship title (overall), though provisionally, and subject to the outcome of an appeal pending before the Indian Motor Sports Appeal Court.

Meanwhile, three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif), who had retired on Saturday with a mechanical failure but restarted on Sunday, eventually finished second behind Kadur.

Kadur also topped the South India Rally, organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club, to claim the overall honours ahead of Dean Mascarenhas (Gagan Karumbaiah) and Thakur. The third place finish was sufficient for Thakur to emerge National champion.

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Brief scores: IV Division: IEC RC 182/9 in 30 overs (S Parvesh Gautam 85, Sanjay Solairaja 49,  A Saravanan 4/36) bt SRF RC 138 in 28.3 overs (J Diwakar 5/17).

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Results:

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