It is special moment for motorsports followers in the state with Goan rally driver, Vaibhav Marathe, clinching the first place in the Indian National Rally Championships (INRC), Rally of Coimbatore held on August 11.
Marathe who is being supported by MRF Tyres won in category 4 of the championships. His co-driver was Arjun Ssb, Bangalore and he drove for Team Champion, a top notch club in the auto racing world. He rode a Honda City.
This is Marathe’s second consecutive win in the 2019 season of INRC as he won the first round in the Rally of Chennai held in June. A professional rally driver, Marathe is in motor sporting since 2006. He is the winner of several state level and national level racing competitions. However this is first time he is participating in the full INRC season.
While previously other rally drivers from the state have participated in INRC rallies Marathe is the first Goan to win two consecutive rounds of the season so far. He now has four more rounds to go with the next round coming up in Rajasthan followed by Kochi, Bangalore and Chikmagalur.
Post win Marathe disclosed that, Coimbatore is his favorite track. Describing the race, he said, “This time the ride was very tricky and became more difficult due to bad weather conditions. I had to control the rush as it was too slippery and eventually made it to the podium.” He added, “I would like to thank Team Champions for this opportunity and would like to continue my form in the season for the next round at Rajasthan. I want to make a name for myself and make Goa
Racing is upcoming sport in Goa. The All Goa Motorsport Association organizes several races throughout the year. However participating in major championships requires finances and good Goan rally driver suffer from lack of support by way of sponsorships.
Coming to the INRC, it is a national rally championship organized by the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of India ( FMSCI) and recognized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the international governing body for motorsport. The championships receives participation from rally drivers all over India.
INRC received its national championship status in 1988. The championship is prestigious and also important as it changed rally events in the India. Prior to INRC, motor rallying in India was based on the time speed distance (TSD) format, while now the sport is based on stage rally format. The INRC rallies are conducted across different states of India. The calendar this year is in six stages of six different states around the country. INRC 2019 took off from Chennai, followed by Coimbatore.