Fourth round of Gulf Dirt Track nationals at Gurgaon

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Mumbai, Oct 29 (UNI) The fourth round of the Gulf Dirt Track National Championship for two-wheelers will be staged at Government Senior Secondary School at Kadipur, Gurgaon, on November 17 and 18.

Going by the previous rounds--in Bhopal, Coimbatore and Nagpur -- the event, sponsored by Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd., and organized by Sportscraft under the aegis of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), promises plenty of action and excitement.

The penultimate Gurgaon leg could perhaps tell who will emerge triumphant in the Foreign Motorcycles upto 260cc Indian Expert class after five rounds, the last of which will be held in Mumbai on December 1 and 2, a press release issued here today stated. With prize-money of Rs 2.5 lakh on offer for the champion, and the winners of each zonal round battling for a prize pool of Rs 85,000 there is plenty at stake in the fourth leg.

While Arvind K.P. of Bangalore leads the overall standings with a 20 point lead at 114, the race for the second slot there is a fight between Mumbai's Rustom Patel and Bangalore's Pramod Joshua, who have 94 and 93 points respectively. A good showing in Gurgaon could even see Patel and Joshua displace Arvind from the top spot.

Another interesting duel is on the cards in the Foreign Motorcycles Private Expert Class, with Nasik's Shamim Khan (91) having a slender lead over Rustom Patel (89). Nasik's Ganesh Lokhande is also very much in the running for honors in this class on 87 points, the release added.

Arun Babu of TVS Racing Team leads the race for motorcycles Above 80cc Up to 150cc - Group D - 2 Stroke with 54 points. He is also on top of the class for motorcycles Above 125cc Upto 160cc - Group D - 4 Stroke with 45 points.

Bhopal's Mujaffar Ali with 50 points is ahead in the Novice class for M' cycles upto 125cc 4-Stroke - Group D.

One day prior to the event i.e on November 17, scrutiny and qualifying will take place from 0900 hrs onwards. A maximum of 30 entries per classification - modified and unmodified vehicles in various categories- will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, the release added.


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