The All Goa Motor Sports Association is growing from strength to strength in organizing racing events, reports, Serilda Coutinho
The All Goa Motor Sports Association (AGMA) recently organised its fourth Dirt Autocross championship on December 22-23.
The two-day event supported by the Sports Authority of Goa was held on the SAG ground, Fatorda and received participation from locals as well as from other states including Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore ,Hyderabad and Nasik.
The championship was full of thrills. Deepraj Raikar, chief coordinator, said that, Day-1 was a west zone qualifying round for the Indian National Autocross championship (INAC) which is organized by the Federation of Motor Sports clubs of India (FMSCI) across the country. “This is the first time we opened it to include a west zone qualifying round in Goa under our annual dirt racing event. The winners of this round will participate in the final INAC to be held in Mumbai.” All participants who took part in the two day event had to compulsorily attain a temporary FMSCI license by paying a fee of Rs 500 along with a valid driving license. Also an entry fee of Rs 3, 500 was charged for the day-1 registration of the qualifying round.
Car owners of Swift, 800, Zen, Alto, Baleno, Esteem, Breeza, Ciaz, i20,i10, Cedia( Mitsubishi), Figo, Polo and Team Champions, a Bangalore based profession racer team, participated in the qualifying round.
The second day was the autocross challenge aimed at testing motor sports skills of drivers on race tracks and in a controlled environment. Divided into various categories the autocross racing event had categories for SUV, petrol, diesel, Goan and women drivers among others.
The championship event was extended by a day due to robust participation. It received around 70 participants on Day-1, while the day two of the event had 200 participants. “As we could not accommodate all the races on the same day due to the rush we decided to extend the event till December 24,”said Raikar.
The championships had three Goans who made a mark. Saamag Kudchadkar was the winner in the qualifying round in the 1400cc (stock category), Amey Desai in over 1650cc and Karthik Konchady in the below 1650 cc category.
The championship offered attractive prizes worth Rs 2.5 lakh along with trophies. While the champion of the day who scored the highest points on the day two of the autocross championship was awarded Rs one lakh .
Having organised various racing events for four wheelers including the Powerslide event , Raikar points out that, Dirt 4 is the 10th event organizes by AGMA . “The first Autocross dirt championship was held in 2008 but due to lack of sponsors for the event there was a gap in between “he says. The venue for the previous year’s Dirt challenge was the GEC ground, Ponda. According to officials the association also plans to bring the Indian National Rally championship that was earlier held in 2016 back to the state.