For the 20th edition of the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) Grand Final, Chandigarh's Gurmeet Virdi and Kirpal Singh Tung will represent India. The duo has won the India leg of the 2016 RFC in July.
The event is held from 25th November to 5th December in Malaysia, where off-roaders from all over the world will compete against each other for the glory. The RFC is considered as one of the toughest off-road motor races in the world.
The Global RFC Series are held in 25 different countries like India, Australia, Russia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Korea, Myanmar, Ukraine, Balkans, South Europe and North Europe among others. The event was launched in 2014 in India by Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd.
This is the second time that an Indian team would be competing in RFC Grand Finale. It is also the second time that Gurmeet Virdi is participating in this mega event. He participated in 2014 as co-driver in the RFC Grand Final.
Mr Prasan Firodia, Force Motors Ltd's Managing Director says, "Force Motors would like to wish Gurmeet and team good luck for RFC Malaysia 2016. His performance at Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge, India has raised the bar of Indian off-roading. May he bring the Winner's trophy back to India!"
Gurmeet is also very excited about the mega event and he recalled his experience at RFC Grand Final 2014, "We faced a lot of issues with our vehicle and had to deal with all mechanical faults ourselves. Ultimately we had to bow out of the competition because of vehicle failure. It did not really affect us then, as we were happy just to have competed against such renowned and experienced international offroaders, that too in our dream event!
"However, this is my second attempt at RFC Grand Final and we are very serious about the competition. That's why we have been extremely careful in our selection of vehicle. After extensive research, we have finalised a Suzuki Samurai, with a 3000 cc turbo engine, which meets all RFC specifications. We are very confident about our technique and skills and are sure that we can give a tough competition to other international offroaders.
"After all, throughout RFC India 2016 we competed for neck-to-neck against and ultimately scored more than Tan Eng Joo and Merwyn Lim, who have won RFC Grand Final multiple times! If the vehicle supports us till the end, then I am quite hopeful of getting a podium finish at RFC Grand Final 2016."
Gurmeet also said about his co-driver explaining his exceptional navigational skills, "Kirpal has the spirit of a champion and the patience required to handle pressure situations. He is extremely fit and proactive and comes up with quick and practical solutions to problems.
"We share a very strong rapport and understand each other well, which makes for a great team work. I am happy that he is accompanying me for the upcoming competition. If he had not agreed to be my navigator, I would not have participated in RFC Grand Final 2016."