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Dirty Drivez — Bangalore's first four-wheeler off-road track, completed its inaugural competition called 'Dirt Attack 2020' on the 19th of September. The event was organised over the course of a single day, across two locations situated on the outskirts of Bangalore.
The inaugural event received an extremely positive response from the off-roading community. The event witnessed participation from around 15 teams, from all over Bangalore and South India, all competing for the inaugural 'Dirt Attack 2020' trophy and a cash prize.
Dirt Attack 2020
The competition ‘Dirt Attack 2020' was, as mentioned before the inaugural competition held by Dirty Drivez. The off-roading competition was held in four stages and split across two locations. The first two stages were held near the Manchanabele backwaters, while the third and fourth stage took place at the Dirty Drivez home track at Giddenahalli.
The first two stages at Manchanabele backwaters were technical, testing the competitor's skill, driving precision and coordination between the driver and the navigator. The final two stages at the Dirty Drivez location were more of a speed and slush track, with points being awarded for the fastest time set to complete the track.
All four stages had flags positioned strategically, with teams having to collect all of them before the finish line. There were also three types of flags: green yellow and red, each worth 5, 10 and 15 points, respectively.
Apart from this, competitors also received additional five points if they completed the entire course within a specific time. The track also had a set of cones, which if knocked over would attract negative five points to the participant's total.
Stage 1 & 2: Manchanabele Backwaters
The first two stages of the competition tested the driver's precision and coordination between driver and navigator; all while completing the track with the least number of penalties.
The first stage was the shortest track of the event but was also very technical in nature. The second stage was comparatively longer but offered an extremely scenic backdrop, a definite distraction for the participants.
With a maximum of 35 points for stage 1 and 60 points for stage 2, the track witnessed competitors driving their 4x4s over steep inclines, huge rocks, sharp turns on rough terrains and till the edge of a steep cliff.
Both tracks saw some extremely close competition from the participating teams, being separated by just small margins at the end of the first two stages.
Stage 3 & 4: Dirty Drivez
Post the first two stages, the competition moved to the Dirty Drivez location, which welcomed participants with heavy rain showers. While this did delay proceedings leading to Stage 3 being dropped; it paved the way for a more exciting stage 4 — a fast-paced track with slush, inclines, wheel articulation and logs and boulders.
While the rains did make the track tricky, competitors still managed to use their skill and overcome all obstacles.
To add to the drama, the final stage also took place in the darkness of the night, which further added to the challenge for the participants. However, the large cheers of the crowd gathered kept the participants going.
Final Results & Prize:
Participant Pradeep with his co-driver Satish Kumar; part of the BODA (Bangalore Offroad Driver's Association) won the overall competition with a total of 140 points. While the team of Nikhil and Siraj (from Kerala) came in first runners-up, missing out the win by just 5 points at the end.
The winners got a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 50,000, while the runners-up received Rs 25,000 as prize money. All participants also got a certificate, along with a memento to commemorate the event.
About Dirty Drivez & Its Founders
Dirty Drivez, situated at Giddenahalli, Nelamangala (outskirts of Bangalore) is said to be the city's first four-wheeler off-road track. The track is open to the general public and also everyone who wants to experience the thrill of off-roading.
Interested customers can bring in their own off-roading vehicles to go around the technical track. For customers who do not own an off-roader, Dirty Drivez will provide their own 4x4 vehicle to drive around the track.
The place was set up by a bunch of off-roading enthusiasts: Santosh Kumar, a mechanical engineer; Sujith Jose who is a lawyer by profession and young Entrepreneur and Nature Lover Melbin Michael. The intention of setting up Dirty Drivez was to introduce and teach four-wheeler off-roading to people in and around Bangalore.
Thoughts On The Dirty Drivez ‘Dirt Attack 2020' Off-Roading Event
Dirty Drivez is situated on the outskirts of Bangalore and serves as an excellent day out for both off-road enthusiasts. It is also the best place around Bangalore beginners or first-timers to try out off-road driving, under the guidance of the experts.