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K1000 Rally: Aishwarya Pissay, the cynosure of all eyes

Aishwarya Pissay

Bengaluru, August 12: Fresh from her good show in Baja Aragon (Spain), Bengaluru-based Aishwarya Pissay will be the star attraction in the K1000 rally, the fourth round of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (fmsci) sanctioned MRF Mogrip National Rally Championship for two-wheelers beginning at Tribal Adventure Cafe, near Devanahalli, on Saturday (August 13).

With three different winners in as many rounds, the excitement just gets building up at Devanahalli.

Aishwarya is on a quest for sixth consecutive national title in Ladies Class. The 2019 FIM World Cup Bajas winner, is currently on top of the standings.

Aishwarya Pissay of Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team finishes Baja with flying coloursAishwarya Pissay of Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team finishes Baja with flying colours

It may be recalled that Aishwarya had re-launched her campaign by successfully completing the gruelling Baja Aragon, the fourth round of the FIM Bajas World Cup that was held in Teruel recently.

At Aragon, the 26-year-old rider completed the tough course and bagged full points in the Ladies Class and finished 14th in FIM WC 450cc class. With a creditable 47th in overall classification, she clocked a combined time of 11hrs, 8min and 52sec to put her campaign back on track.

As per a Media Release received, the K1000 rally, organised by the Karnataka Motor Sports Club (KMSC) and promoted by GodSpeed Racing, has attracted 84 entries.

"KMSC is the oldest motorsports club in India hosting the Indian National Rally
Championship for over 45 years. All the safety protocols are in place for the K1000 two-wheeler rally," said KMSC President Gautham.

Petronas TVS Factory Racing team have dominated all the classes and its leading riders Rajendra RE of Shivamogga and defending champion Abdul Wahid Tanveer of Mysore will be the strong contenders.

Sarath Mohan

Kerala privateer Sarath Mohan is leading the Superbikes Expert class. Chalass K Bose, Imran Pasha, Naresh VS, Pinkesh Thakkar and veteran Venu Ramesh are the other riders to watch out for in their classes.

On Sunday (August 14) six special stages of 57kms will be run. The six-round season will conclude with Pune and Nashik in November.

"Due to rains, the terrain has become more challenging and with the season at the mid-way stage the competition is at its peak and we are expecting a thrilling rally," said seven-time national champion Shyam Kothari of GodSpeed Racing, the Promoters.

KMSC, with the support of sponsors MRF, have made sure that all arrangements are in place, including a technically-challenging terrain.

Buck up guys! It's vroom time in Devanahalli. Fasten your seat belts!

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Story first published: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 11:03 [IST]
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