IRC 2015, Rally Of Maharashtra – Press Conference

Welcome to Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra 2015. The second round of FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship will be held during 11th to 14th June 2015. This is the only ‘Tarmac’ round of the country organized by Western India Sports Association – WISA… Planning of the rally is all set to give the experience full of excitement and enjoyment for both participants and spectators as well.

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The event will start by 11th of June evening with ‘Ceremonial Flag off’ at City Center Mall. During this function, Nashikites can meet n greet their Sports Stars, and have autographs, photographs, selfies with them. Fans can watch the rally cars and super bikes at the same venue. Ceremonial Flag off will be followed by grand parade. All the super bikers & rally cars will start form City Center Mall to ABB Circle to Bhosala Military High school and turn to College Road. Then the graceful parade will go through College Road to Canada Corner, then Old Gangapur Naka then straight to Jehan Circle and back to City Center Mall via ABB Circle.

This year WISA has changed the format of Rally of Maharashtra. Every year the Spectator special stage was run on Friday and main stages near Bhadardara were run on Saturday and Sunday. However we have shifted the main stages to Friday and Saturday this year. Hence the cars will start on 12th June Friday by 6.30 am from City Center Mall. The total distance from City Center to special stages and back is 471 kms. 117 kms is distance of special stages where the competitors try to achieve maximum speed. There are 3 special stages. On Friday, competitors will run twice on the route and on Saturday 13th, only once. First special stage is close to Bhandardara starting from Manhere village. Then second stage is near Kokanwadi and Shivajinagar villages. This is full of windmills all thr’ the route. On one side gigantic windmills and on other side of the road is spectacular Pachpatta fort. Third stage is again close to Bhandardara. At the foothills of the highest peak in state, Kalasubai, this stage will run near village Ambegao. After Completing first loop, all competotors will go to service park for any repairs. The service park is situated near Mahindra plant in Igatpuri at Hotel Greenlands. It is on the Mumbai-Agra National Highway. After taking service for 30 minutes all cars will go to stages again. At the end of the day, the Parc ferme is at City Center Mall. Next day ie 13th of June Saturday,  the cars will leave Nashik by 8.00 am. Saturday morning all 3 stages will see action only once. After finishing third stage everyone will go to service park for 30 min service and will report at Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak. This is interesting for Nashikites. As Saturday being industrial holiday in Nashik , we shifted this Super special stage to Saturday. More and more sports lovers should be able to enjoy the action happening right in the city. Here the first car will start at 3.22 pm. The fans of these fastest men will get an opportunity to click photographs with their favourite star here. Special arrangements will be made with red carpet and backdrops for this session. Like every year, the fastest competitor will stand with his car here and pose for photos. The start order for this stage will be changed as to keep the anxiety till end. But story does not end here. There are two more SSS round on Sunday morning for those who can’t enjoy on Saturday. First car will take start at 9 am.

The Grand Champagne Shower and Podium Finish Ceremony will be celebrated at Hotel Gateway at 12.30 pm on Sunday 14th June. This function can also be attended by the Motorsports lovers of the city.

WISA organizes one of the best rallies in the country only because of the unconditional support from our sponsors. Mahindra Adventure has continued to be the Title sponsor of the event consecutively for third year. A unique concept to showcase the off-roading capabilities of Mahindra vehicles, Mahindra Adventure will function as an umbrella brand with a series of adventure and motor sports events organised under its banner. Mahindra Adventure unleashed a series of events throughout the year such as the popular off-roading event, the Great Escape, several Challenges, which are sporting events in keeping with the company’s promise of providing adrenalin pumping challenges, Multi-Day Escapes, such as the Monastery Escape (10 days) & Royal New Year Escape (6 days), Tri- Nation Escape (Bhutan, India & Nepal- 14 days) & Authentic Goa (4 days). Mahindra Adventure also enters official teams in some of India’s most popular motorsports events including Dakshin Dare, Raid de Himalaya, Desert Storm and IRC. To spread the DNA of off-roading, the Mahindra Adventure team has also recently launched the Mahindra Training Academy, the 4×4 track, at Igtpuri.

Mr. Bijoy Kumar, Chief – Mahindra Adventure said in his message, “We are going through a phase in Indian Motorsport where it can do with a lot of support. Mahindra Adventure has been entering a factory team in Rally, Raid events as well as Indian Rally Championship. We have been supporting the Rally of Maharashtra as a sponsor and we are proud of our association with this well organised event.”

Hotel Gateway is with us since first rally of WISA i.e. 2001. Even while going thr’ difficult situations few years back, still they continued their support to WISA. There are some special packages offered by Hotel Gateway for the Rally enthusiasts who come all the way to Nashik particularly for this rally. We should appreciate if the most luxurious and precious place in the city is opening hands to express their love for motor sports activity of Nashik.

Nashik is grape-city. Sula is such a brand that most of the guests want to go for. Nowadays Sula is also a part of ‘Nashik Darshan’. While watching sun set, holding glass in hand and having chat on the highlights of rally is like making a day… coz WISA celebrates with SULA!

City’s biggest mall, Nashik City Center is part of Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra since last year. This year too they are extending their support in much bigger way.

To create the hype of this event, there is one of the leading brands in Radio with us right from they came on air in the city. And that is 93.5 RED FM – They are with us right from the day when the brand name was different (S FM).

To add the grace to this event RED FM will broadcast interviews of celebrities, delegates on -air. Also running a quiz for Nashikites. The winner will get an lifetime opportunity to meet none other than, the Champion, Mr. Gaurav Gill at the studio. RED FM is allowing listeners to meet n greet the stars at their station. So there is lots of buzz on air with – BAJATE RAHO…

WISA officials are grateful for the support given by Nashik Municipal Corporation, Nashik City and Rural Police. Without their active hand we can not run a safe and enjoyable event.