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Fifth Season of Rainforest Challenge to commence from 21 July

Fifth Season of Rainforest Challenge to commence from 21 July
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Wednesday 13 June 2018, 16:30 PM

One of the most awaited off-road motorsport competition in the country, the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India, season five, is set to be held in Goa for a period of eight days from 21 - 28 July, 2018. This time around, 41 teams from across the country, including a women’s team will be competing for the coveted RFC India 2018 Champion title.

To make things interesting this year, for the first time in the history of RFC India, three teams from Arunachal Pradesh will be participating at the upcoming event in Goa. Coincidentally, this year also marks the debut for teams from North-East India in RFC India. The 41 teams participating this year also includes 10 teams from Kerala, seven from Telangana, four teams each from Karnataka and Maharashtra, three teams each from Chandigarh, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Delhi and one from Haryana.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashish Gupta, Founder and Director, Cougar Motorsport, said, “In the last four editions of RFC India, we have witnessed some exceptional off-roading talent and I am confident that this trend will continue this year as well. It’s overwhelming to see such a tremendous response to RFC India 2018 registrations. We filled all the available slots within 72 hours of posting the registrations call on Facebook in February. I am humbled by the immense love and acceptance from the entire off-roading fraternity and promise to bring a better, tougher and a more gripping competition this year.”

Additionally, Cougar Motorsport has also announced the inaugural edition of the Rainforest Trophy (RFT) India, which will be held in Arunachal Pradesh in partnership with Manabhum Offroaders Club of Arunachal (MOCA) from 16 October to 20 October, 2018. The underlying idea behind RFT India is to bring off-road adventure seekers from across the country on a single platform, wherein they work in teams to maneuver their way through natural obstacles, as they traverse distances through rough trails. RFT India 2018 will be held over a period of five days and it is modeled into an expedition format rather than a competition one.

Speaking about the maiden RFT India edition, Ashish Gupta said, “There are many off-roading enthusiasts who want to experience extreme 4X4 adventures, but not in a competition like RFC India because of the extreme vehicle modification requirements and the amount of time one has to spend training for the competition. Moreover, due to limited participation slots, many entries fail to make it to the RFC India participants list every year. So, in order to extend the sport and give a thrilling experience to Indian off-roaders, we are bringing the Rainforest Trophy to India. I am confident that it will be a giant leap towards making international level of off-roading experience accessible to more people in India.”


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