Bengaluru, Nov 19: The Karnataka Motorsports Club (KMSC) has announced the launch of the historic 40th edition of the K-1000 Rally. The rally stands as the oldest running rally in the country and the 3rd oldest rally in the world.
The IMG K 1000 Rally 2014 is among the most eagerly anticipated rallies on the INRC calendar attracting some of the finest talent to Karnataka.
Being the oldest running rally, it is definitely amongst the most prestigious. To commemorate the 40th edition of the K-1000, the KMSC have pulled out all the stops in making this a spectacular event.
Bharath Raj, Chairman of the KMSC said, "We are proud to present the IMG K-1000 Rally for the 40th year (without a break). The KMSC was started in 1959 and has always had a strong team of people running various events for the last 64 years, encompassing Racing (Agram circuit & Kolar Classics), Autocross, Motocross, Supercross, Hill Climbs, Drag meets and of course Rallies.
"The K 1000 Rally was called so because it started as a TSD Rally, run over a distance of 1600 kms, across 3 states. But with the advent of modern cars, better talent in competition, we decided to adhere to the WRC format of Stage Rallying. We hope this year's event brings as much excitement and joy to its numerous fans".
Shivu Shivappa, President of the KMSC, said, "The Rally's headquarters will be situated at Hotel Fairfield by Marriott, where the documentation and pre-event scrutiny procedures will be completed on November 20 and 21, before moving temporarily to the Service Park at Doddaguni, Gubbi, during the Special Stages.
"The cars will be given a ceremonial flag-off at the Orion Mall. A first ever floodlit Super Special Stage (SSS) has been setup within city limits at the NICE Grounds, BIEC, to the mark the 1st Leg and start of the rally. The Rally will be flagged off from Hotel Fairfield by Marriott on November 22 and 23, in the morning. The cars will return to the Rally HQ for the podium & prize presentation ceremony at 4 pm on Sunday November 23, 2014".
There are three stages Alpha stage 12.75 kms, Beta stage 14.95 kms and India mines stage 9.55 kms all these stages are a complete test for man & machines and will bring out the best among the drivers.
The stages are well laid out which consists of Long straights, hair-pin curves, smooth flat sections, jumps and tight sections, thereby testing the driver and machine to their limits, we can assure you a wonderful & competitive rally.
Special stages to start with
The special stages at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) grounds start tomorrow (November 21) at 7 PM, where the cars will be run on a 1.2 kms circuit which is basically to show case how the stages are at KB Cross.
"We have state of the art timing systems from electronic timing system, which is as per International specifications and is on par, to APRC and WRC standard," the organisers said.
"We have also incorporated the LIVE TRACKING for all competing cars, each car will be fitted with a transponder and hence we will be able to visually see the cars on a screen at rally base this is to enhance safety & medical procedures in case of any unfortunate problem and will also reduce our reaction time an unfortunate incident.
"We also carry a complete Extrication Kit, on special vehicles, which can be deployed in a short time, these equipment are also as per the international standards," they added.
They also have the ham/radio communication employing, almost 30 experienced personnel on the route giving us info on all cars en route.
November 21 (Friday)
November 22-23 (Saturday and Sunday)