Vaibhav Marathe (left) and Suhan MK pose with winners’ trophies in Coimbatore on Sunday

PANAJI: Defending champion Vaibhav Marathe of Goa, emerged victorious at the INRC4 Rally of Coimbatore on Sunday. In the company of co-driver Suhan MK, Vaibhav produced a dazzling display to give his Team Yokohama the top position in the third round of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship.

Gravel track at Rally of Coimbatore

Vaibhav from Ponda, drove with tremendous combination of aggression and caution on gravel to bring his car home first in 01:04:15.300 on Day 1 on Saturday. The task was successfully completed on Sunday with Vaibhav clocking 00:32:36.400 to bag the first position in the premier rally competition of India. The 36-year-old champion rally driver emphasised that the trust in Yokohama Tyres, is the crucial factor in his success.

“Yokohama Tyres are wonderful because of their durability and unmatched performance. In these rallies, a car’s endurance is tested to the limits and the tyre being the only point of ground contact for the car, is tested beyond its ultimate strength, ultimate traction across all conditions; both on and off road”

Vaibhav Marathe, Defending Champion, FMSCI INRC4

Earlier in the season, Vaibhav had a DNF against him in Round 1 due to an unfortunate technical problem, before he bounced back with a second-place finish in Round 2 in Arunachal Pradesh.


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