Published On:24 December 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Arvind & Asif dazzle in 3rd round of Gulf Dirt Track National Championship at Bhopal

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Dare-devil riders from Bangalore swept most of the prizes that were at stake in the 3rd round of the Gulf Dirt Track National Championship, which is a round of Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) Championship 2011, held on BHEL Dussehra ground here on Friday (December 23, 2011).

The Bangalore riders in all annexed 16 spots with Arvind K. P. of TVS racing team stealing limelight as he scaled the victory stands in four events. Arvind finished first in three categories and stood second in one. He was rich by Rs. 14,700/- which was his total prize money apart from mementos and certificates.

Arvind riding TVS 250 FX came up with a brilliant display to win the glamour event, most attractive and the fastest of all - foreign motorcycles up to 260 cc class. On Friday his superb riding makes him a favourite for Saturday’s ultimate 4th round. Second & third spot was won by his team mates HK Pradeep & Pramod Joshua of TVS racing team.

Arvind, like in the previous rounds in Jodhpur and Nashik, did TVS Racing proud by sweeping the Indian Expert Class Group B up to 260cc 2 & 4 stroke class.
Sister Rezi, the principal of local Carmel Convent Senior Secondary School, flagged off this much awaited event. The event is sponsored by Gulf Oil Corporation and organised by Sportscraft, Mumbai. Riders from all over the country participated in the event. The goodly crowd that turned up on a chilly morning was left in awe as riders went through the motions in the event.

It was A. Anand of Coimbatore who excelled in the other glamour event, the Private Expert Class group B 260cc 2 & 4 stroke. Race 2 of this race was won by Suhail Ahmed.

There was huge cheering when the Novice class was run. Adnaan Ahmed gave fans lots to shout about as he challenged in the 130 cc & 165cc 4 stoke class all the way. He was placed ahead of Dinu Devasia and Shaikh Ismail, who were second and third respectively. N. Vinoth Kumar won the other races in the Novice championship class two stroke.

Meanwhile, Syed Asif Ali of Bhopal riding his TVS Apache had his name inscribed amongst the winners to step on to the victory stand in four events wherein he collected total Rs. 10,200/-, along with certificates and mementos. He won in Private Expert Class group B Motorcycles up to 260cc 2 & 4 stroke race 1 & 2 coming second in both events. While in two other events viz. in Local Class Motorcycles up to 165 cc, 4 stroke & 2 stroke Asif emerged first and second respectively.

Muzaffar Ali also of Bhopal riding Yamaha won the Madhya Pradesh Local Class Motorcycles up to 165 cc, 2 stroke of 2 stroke garnering Rs. 3000/- as first prize. He was followed by Syed Asif Ali and Shujaat Khan.

While the crowd that turned up was appreciative of the event, the riders too were all praise for Sportscraft’s conduct of the event, which saw the races being gone through with precision efficiency. Surely there will be a bigger crowd to watch the 4th round of the championship on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Gulf Oil has over the years spared no effort in giving two-wheeler riders an opportunity to test their skills under a safe environment with events like Dirt Track Racing and the Monsoon Scooter Rally. Friday’s s event in Bhopal was no less challenging, as the course laid out by Sportscraft was really tough. In addition to the sharp bends there was also loose gravel and water-logged areas to negotiate, which made riding a dicey proposition. However, all riders, first timers included, displayed excellent skills to come through this test of man and machine in flying colors.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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