It’s always fun to face a challenge. Especially, when it combines something you enjoy with the opportunity to explore something new. What could possibly be more thrilling than racing driving enthusiasts from one point to another? That too in the shortest time and with an opportunity to explore the relatively unknown parts of India.
This year, the Gumball India Endurance rally presented a unique challenge to the driving enthusiasts. The participants drove non-stop for 4000 km, passing through several checkpoints along the way. The checkpoints included Koteshwar, Gujarat, to Kaho, Eastern Arunachal Pradesh. Kushagra Agarwal and Rajatesh Maji (Team KARM 2.0, Ford Endeavour) from Delhi crowned winners of the competition held from December 24 to 28. They achieved In-Class and Over-All championships for navigating the competition in minimum distance and time stopped.
The rally covered ten states, starting from Koteshwar, the westernmost tip of India. The first leg of the journey took the participants through the Rann of Kutch, Patan, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Kota, Jhansi, Rewa, and Darbhanga to reach Guwahati. And after reaching there, they had a mandatory 10-hour rest before they entered Arunchal Pradesh on the second leg. The Indian Army Unit at Kaho received all the participants at the finish line. Of the 16 participating teams, only 8 managed to reach the finish line within the stipulated time allowed.
The India Endurance Rally, an initiative of InCarNation Sports. It is a driving challenge wherein participants drive almost 3000 km nonstop between two center Gumballes while navigating a number of checkpoints. Every time they take a break, a penalty keeps getting added to their total distance clocked. The participants can choose their route as long as they check-in at the earmarked check points.