Two teams of offroaders both from Bengaluru rode roughshod over their competitors to come up trumps in the inaugural "JK Tyre Xtreme 4Play 2017", which concluded near Ropar in Punjab on Sunday.
The teams-Siddartha Santosh, Prithviraj AC and Lokesh Shivaraja, Rohith KR from Bangalore Offroader Drivers Association (BODA) collected 455 points after Stage 6 of the competition to become the overall champs.
The teams of Gerrari Offroaders from Punjab, comprising Tejinder Singh and Harpreet Singh as well as Gursahib Singh and Jai Singh were in the second place with 450 points.
Another two teams from BODA Vijay Kumar V. and Pradeep Kumar M. as well as Prashanth Venkappa and Pradeep Gowda were in the third place with 420 points.
The three-day extreme sport event was flagged off on Friday at the Kikar Lodge, about 35 km from here and around 85 km from state capital Chandigarh.
The venue has a natural terrain required for the extreme sport of off-roading, like dry river bed, uneaven trails and some sheer heights and drops to challenge the driving skills of off-roaders.
A total of 13 teams, coming all the way from Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh, participated in the event.
Receiving the award, the winners were all praise for their rivals and local favourites Gerrari Offroaders for their sportsmanship.
Speaking after the prize distribution, Hari Singh, a veteran national-level rallyist himself and the main organiser of the off-roading event, said he was satisfied with the response their maiden effort had got from the competitors from all over the country.
(Tajinder Bains is in Ropar at the invitation of JK Tyre. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)