Rainforest Challenge 2014 Malaysia sees Team India’s maiden participation
32-year old Kabir Waraich of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, and co-driver Gurmeet Virdi compete against 34 other teams being tested on off-road driving and vehicle recovery skills in tough conditions. The duo writes a new chapter for the Indian off-road motorsport community.
Kabir secured an automatic entry in the 2014 RFC Global Series final owing to a podium finish at the first edition of Force Gurkha RFC India held in Goa. RFC is being held in varied locales in Malaysia over a 10 day period ( 29th November to 8th December). On opening night, 28th Nov RFC founder & the org committee met with participants and marshals for a briefing at the Concourse of One City. On 29th Nov, Royal Malaysian Police (traffic) escorted teams from Summit Hotel, USJ, Subang Jaya to Kompleks KBS (Paroi), Seremban. Air support was provided by RMP Air Wing.
The convoy being escorted included 4x4s from stock standard vehicles (RFC supporters convoy) and upgraded/modified 4×4 mean machines of participants, and Ladies of Steel in UTV. Registered participants/officials/media this year include participants from Poland, Austria, Australia, Russia, Denmark, India, Korea, China, Hong Kong (China), Brunei, Brazil, Philippines, Taiwan, Lebanon, Slovakia, Singapore, Hungary, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and Malaysia. Malaysia is fielding teams from Sabah, Johor, Melaka, Selangor, Terengganu, Perak and NS.
Held across 4 competitive legs – the Prologue, the Predator, the Terminator and the Twilight Zone, Special Stages (SS) are designed by RFC International track experts. Prologue Stage concluded at Port Dickson. RFC India Team completed 8 of 9 Prologue Special Stages successfully. The failed SS was owing to a broken down winch. Teams have headed for Rembau district for Predator Stages.