Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge India Rules, Penalties, Photos
Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge India edition starting today till 14th August 2014 will test off-road enthusiasts (participants) to their limits through four Special Stages – Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight. Here are rules, regulations and information about the six-day challenge in Goan forest.
Participants of 2014 edition of Force Gurkha RFC India have a road registered 4 Wheel Drive (4WD) or an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). They have taken part as Competitors or as Touring Adventurers. Every vehicle has maximum of two contestants as a team. Entry fee for Touring Vehicles is Rs. 10,000 and for Competitors is Rs. 75,000. Foreign entries are charged at USD 2,500 (Rs. 1,52,975 approx.) and USD 333 (Rs. 20,376 approx.) respectively.
Participants have singed environment charter. Eddie, John and Jeremy from Malaysian RFC are part of Indian edition to help out. On completion of each SS (Special Stage), winner gets 100 points. Those who get DNF (Did Not Finish) can move on to next SS with 20 points. Every SS has to be completed in 15 minutes. Marshal will call out participant / team on their turn, and they have to be readily available. On absence, Marshall will mark DNS (Did Not Start), thereby zero points will be awarded for that SS.
On completion of any SS, navigator, driver and all equipment must be present in the car before ending stop watch count; else penalty will be levied. All four tyres must be inside track, else penalty again. 10 points will be discounted as penalty for every peg toppled, same for tape broken and stop watch ended too soon.
Laying hand on or stepping over cable will also invite 10 points penalty; tree protector, cable and winch must be used; if tree protector is not available with a team, 10 points will be removed. Carrying cable in driver cabin will also allow Marshals to minus 10 points. If car is stuck in dough and it wheel spins, Marshal will warn for spoiling track; if continued, penalty will be imposed.
Helmet and all harnesses in cabin is necessary for driver; proper clothing is mandated. Footwear must be enclosed, shirts must have sleeve, short pants or 3/4 pants are not allowed. Stopwatches must be operated by driver only, not by navigator. Improper behaviour will warrant 40 points penalty.