New Delhi: The duo of Sidhartha Santosh and Lokesh Shivaraja of the Bengaluru Off-Roaders (BODA) team won the JK Tyre Xtreme 4Play championship in Chandigarh on Sunday. They garnered 455 points to underline their driving skills in tough forest terrain. They were ably assisted by co-drivers, Prithviraj A C and Rohith KR.
This is the second time the BODA team led by Sidhartha and Lokesh have won a JK title, having clinched the JK Tyre-Orange 4x4 Fury trophy in Dambuk village in Arunachal Pradesh.
Local favourites Kabir Warcha and Gurmeet Virdi of Team Gerrari were best placed to take the title going into the final day. However, they suffered a technical glitch on the penultimate stage and could not compete on the final stretch, which meant their campaign ended with an overall tally of 405 points and a fourth-place finish.
Their teammates Tejinder Singh and Gurusahib Singh took the second place with 450 points. They paid the penalty for a poor run on the night stage, the first one of the competition.
The third place also went to a team from Bangalore, with Vijay Kumar V and Prashant Venkappa garnering 405 points. In all, 12 teams --- each comprising two cars, two drivers and two co-drivers --- from different parts of the country participated.
In the non-modified cars category --- the JK 4x4 Play --- SS Dhaliwal (co-driver Harinder Singh Gill) won the title. Ritika Oberoi, the only lady in the fray, was given a special award.
Xtreme 4PLay: 1. BODA (Sidhartha Santosh and Lokesh Shivaraja); 2. Team Gerrari (Tejinder Singh and Gurusahib Singh); 3. BODA (Vijay Kumar V and Prashant Venkappa)
4x4 Play: 1. SS Dhaliwal and Harinder Singh Gill (privateers); 2. Naresh Sharma and Deepak Thakua (privateers); 3. Vijay Kumar and Pradeep Kumar (privateers).