Engines roar into Jangalmahal silence
Rallyists negotiated slippery and muddy terrain, climbed a hill and went down, crossed ditches and moved on dirt tracks through the forests of Belpahari, Bhulaveda, Kankrajhor, Jhilimili and Sutan in the Jangalmahal area.
Participants in the Servo Jangalmahal on the Move 2, in association with The Telegraph, and co-sponsored by the department of tourism, did all this at the Time Speed Distance (TSD) rally where one is penalised for speeding or reaching before time.
The forests reverberated with the roar of engines on Saturday morning as rallyists whipped up red dirt and splashed through ditches.
The rally started at 8am from Jhargram Rajbari and moved through Silda Belpahari, Bhulaveda forest range, Kankrajhor, the hilly tracks of Sutan and back, a total of 192km.
“Rain on Friday night and Saturday morning had made the rally tracks tricky and it took all the capabilities of the rallyists to keep their four wheels on track without getting stuck in soft earth,” Debasish Bhattacharjee, an organiser, said.
As the day cleared and the sun came out, the Cedias, the Gypsys, the Innovas and the Lineas were put to test on a hilly terrain as rallyists drove uphill to Sutan and returned downhill.
The competition had two categories — expert and stock. The expert category had vehicles equipped with Terratrip, a digital rally computer that gave competitors accurate trip meter distances down to the last fraction and helped in navigation.
The stock category vehicles had factory-fitted tripmeters.
In the expert category, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa won the first prize in their Mitshubishi Cedia and received a trophy and a cheque for Rs 40,000.
Pratick Sirkar and Prosenjit Ray were the first runner-up in their Maruti Swift and received a trophy and a cheque of Rs 20,000.
Ibrahim Ali & Sagar M. were the second runner-up in their Mitshubishi Cedia and received a trophy and a cheque for Rs10,000.
In the stock category, Arvind Ganeriwala and Raj Kumar Mundra were the winners in their Maruti Swift followed by Toushik Ghosh and Santanu Saha in their Toyota Crysta as the first runner-up.
Saumen Mukherjee, accompanied by his daughter Saumita Mukherjee, were the second runner-up in their Fiat Linea.
All stock category winners received trophies.