Sapporo, Oct 30 (UNI) Team Sidvin India driver Naren Kumar got off to a flying start to notch up a creditable eighth place at the end of the first day in the PWRC event in the Rally of Japan here.
Naren was as high as third position in the rally opener stage - Heper 1 (13.24km). He clocked 10:52.2 to finish behind Eyvind Brynildsen and Evgeny Novikov in Stage 1.
The Indian continued his fine form in stage 2 (Yuparo 1-11.10km), finishing this stage at position 5 with a time of 09:05.6.
In the Stage 4 (Pipaoi 1 - 5.74km) Naren slipped down to the 9th position with a time of 03:45.2, while in Stage 5 (Heper 2 - 13.24km), he pushed back to position 7 with a time of 10:40.0.
Though Naren couldn't capitalise in the super special stages (Sapporo 1 and 2 - 1.46km each) and finished the day with an overall 8th position and total time of 46:35.4.
The PWRC for the day one is lead by Evgeny Novikov with a total time of 45:49.6.
''The cold tyres on the concrete surface skidded and I hit a concrete block in the SS10 and lost some time. I will compensate for this tomorrow by upping the speed,'' Naren said.
''The car is working very well as we had predicted and the engine and the suspension is very well suited to my style of driving and I will try and extract every bit I can from the car tomorrow, this is the first day and we have two more long days to go and I am keeping my fingers crossed and will do my best,'' he added.
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