Auto Gymkhana 2018, by Onashi Motorsports, concluded on March 10th at Patel's Inn, RT Nagar, Bangalore. Auto Gymkhana witnessed the participation of over 100 cars, stock and modified, doing time trial runs in an obstacle course. Gymkhana is a popular motorsport and was a first in Bangalore.
Auto Gymkhana 2018 was held in a closed environment with all the safety precautions. Since it was closed circuit, the event was open to all ages, with or without a driving license. In short, anyone with skills behind the wheel could participate.
What is Gymkhana?
Gymkhana is a popular motorsport event in Asian countries such as Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. Although conducted on a smaller scale, Gymkhana is very similar to Autocross.
Gymkhana is basically a time trial race. Those who finish the course in the least time wins. However, the track is filled with obstacles such as cones and tyres, making navigation and manoeuvring quite a task. Gymkhana tests the contestants driving skills to a great extent.
The entire course would only be around 250 to 300 metres in span. But the track would feature tight twists and turns which cannot be passed perfectly by everyone. Driving techniques such as reversals, 180-degree & 360-degree spins, figure-8s and slalom runs were performed by the participants of the Auto Gymkhana 2018.
Since the track has almost no straights, the entire course will be done in 1st and 2nd gear. The course greatly needs steering precision and mental concentration, as hitting the obstacles or failing to navigate the route correctly would lead to time penalties.
Auto Gymkhana 2018 Bangalore Highlights
Auto Gymkhana 2018 had various categories such as: 800cc to 1000cc, 1000cc to 1200cc, 1200cc to 1400cc, 1400cc to 1600cc and 1600cc plus. All the categories were further subdivided into: Front Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive, All Wheel Drive. In all these categories, results of modified and stock cars were kept separate.
The entry was open to any car. While some brought stripped down modded cars, some others brought their daily sedans and hatchbacks. However, those who brought sedans had a tougher experience compared to smaller hatchbacks.
Auto Gymkhana 2018 wasn't a competition as such. Most of the participants considered it an opportunity to test their driving skills.
Some of the participants had difficulties navigating through the course. Since there weren't any lines or signals to indicate the path, but only the randomly-placed obstacles, those contestants got confused in between, and lost some time.
Spectators were also thrilled to see some exceptional driving skills. Contestants who had a background in racing and motorsports showed off how to manoeuvre through the sharp corners using the right throttle input and handbrake usage. Auto Gymkhana 2018 was just a spectacular event for car and motorsport enthusiasts.
Thoughts On Auto Gymkhana 2018 Bangalore
The Indian motorsportscene, compared to a few years before, has evolved a lot now. The exposure to such events is also much higher today. Be it Rally, Circuit, Drag or Off-Road, Indian names are becoming popular among foreigners. And thanks to organisers such as Onashi Motorsports, India will be witnessing more such motorsport events in the coming days.