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Vroom into Bengal Speed Fest 2022: The ultimate test of skill, speed and fitness

More than 70 riders and drivers participated in the event that aims to turn the youth away from illegal road races

Bishwabijoy Mitra | Published 01.11.22, 05:59 PM
Riders in action at Bengal Speed Fest 2022

Riders in action at Bengal Speed Fest 2022

Ranadip Mandal

As roaring race cars took position on a red dirt track and the first round began, local people and hundreds of visitors from Kolkata cheered at the top of their voices. It was not just because these races are rarely organised in West Bengal, but also because a vivacious energy and adrenaline rush had successfully animated the crowd. 

The third season of JK Tyre Bengal Speed Fest was recently organised by the Motorsports Association of Eastern India (MSAEI) at Haldia for two days and Kolkata riders couldn’t be happier. Unlike many other races, this event was a combination of four-wheeler autocross, gymkhana and two-wheeler dirt track, including East Zone Qualifier of the Indian National Autocross Championship.

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A total of 30 bikes and 35 cars participated in the race. Eight categories were created based on the engine capacity and modification of the vehicles. A separate event was organised for amateur riders.

Chief organisers Saurav Chatterjee and Sk Ajgar Ali said that along with making people, especially the youth, aware of regulated motorsports, they wanted to turn the modern youth away from illegal road races. “Safety is of paramount importance and autocross is not just about speed. One has to match a certain standard with their driving or riding skills and physical stamina. Besides, encouraging budding young talent was another intention,” said Saurav Chatterjee, president of MSAEI.

My Kolkata shares glimpses from the event

Ranadip Mandal

The finale of the 260cc modified category was exciting to say the least. Six riders reached the finale and displayed their extreme precision, skills and speed.

Ranadip Mandal

This is auto gymkhana, a race where participants go through a number of hurdles to reach the finishing line.

Biyas Mondal

The open category was all about skill and speed. Saddam Ali, who was driving the car in picture, was announced the winner after he completed the two-kilometre track in just 1.33 minutes.

Ranadip Mandal

The 260cc stock category finale was about skills and body fitness. Since the bikes were unmodified, the riders had to depend on their riding skills to boost their performance. Suhail Ahamed completed the race with the best timing.

Rishit Nag

It was the 165cc qualifier round and Kolkata-based rider Dwairath Manna surprised everyone with his skills.

Ranadip Mandal

The seniormost rider of the event, Manmeet Singh Dhanjal, finished as the first runner-up in the 165 category. It was one of the most exciting races of the event.

Biyas Mondal

Rider Barno Barman didn’t let go of a chance to show off in the 260cc modified category qualification race. "It was a high cc race and we competed with several professional racers. The overall experience was absolutely great," he said.

Last updated on 01.11.22, 07:04 PM
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