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2019 Valley Run sees over 600 entrants

16th Dec 2019 8:06 pm

600 speed freaks on two and four wheels alike, took to the tarmac strip over three days of the 7th iteration of India’s biggest drag-racing event.


Drag racing is one of the most competitive (and yet, most inclusive) forms of motorsport in the world. The annual Valley Run, now in its seventh year, has been a bastion of drag racing in the Mumbai area. This year, with over 600 participants, the event saw action down the quarter mile for three consecutive days, giving racers and spectators alike a thrill of a lifetime.

The FMSCI-sanctioned race was held at Aamby Valley City’s private airstrip, which was converted into a two-lane dragstrip for the weekend. Keeping tradition, the quarter-mile (or 402m) dragstrip saw both, two-wheelers and cars flying down this runway, clocking up some pretty impressive times.

With hundreds of competitors, the 2019 Valley Run saw stiff competition between participants turn into rivalries to be settled on the blacktop. The fastest car of the weekend was a modified current-gen BMW M5 tuned by Evolve Automotive and piloted by Uzair Ansari from Mumbai. The car clocked a breakneck 10.352sec, beating other tuned BMWs, the Nissan GT-R, and even a handful of Lamborghinis.

This year, car owners – of machines that are already fast to begin with – have begun to make an impressive effort to make their vehicles considerably faster, in order to bag top honours.

One of the most impressive runs of the day included a modified Volkswagen Polo GTI (tuned by ETuners Motorsports India). The car managed a 12.4sec time leaving much larger and more powerful cars in the dust; simultaneously making it the fastest Volkswagen Polo in the country today. Also amongst cars of Indian make, some of the faster times were set by the likes of a tuned turbocharged first-gen Honda City, that clocked a quarter-mile time of 14.7sec.

There was also an ETuners-tuned BMW M5 that came all the way from Hyderabad and set the second-fastest overall time of the day – 10.411sec – a fraction slower than the fastest time.

It wasn’t just people from Mumbai and Pune who took part in the 2019 Valley Run, the drag race saw participation from across the length and breadth of the country. Drivers and riders from Bengaluru, Surat and Hyderabad showed up in good numbers and set some absolutely fantastic times in both, the car and two-wheeler, categories. The furthest a car travelled to participate in the Valley Run was a Lamborghini Aventador S belonging the founder of Club GT in Kolkata – thus showcasing how important an event the Valley Run is on the Indian motorsport calendar. There were also a fair number of cars from Kerala that showcased dominion in their respective categories – especially in the diesel classes.

And it wasn’t just the cars burning up the tarmac. The fastest time in the made-in-India bike under 165cc category was set by a drag-spec Yamaha RX135, with a blistering time of 12.83sec; while the 350cc and above two-stroke category saw a modified RD350 set an outstanding 11.486sec time. Although the fastest time of the day set by a bike went to Mohammad Riyaz’s drag-spec Yamaha R1 that clocked an unbeatable 9.5sec down the dragstrip. Other notable runs included the fastest 402m-long wheelie, a bonkers 10.2sec clocked by a Kawasaki ZX-10R!

The Valley Run 2019 also saw a sharp increase in the number of women participants this year, on two and four wheels, alike. The fastest time set at the drag race event by a woman rider this year went to Samantha D’Souza, who clocked 13.211sec on her KTM 390 Duke. Meanwhile the fastest
female driver on four wheels was Jhanvi Bhavsar in a Mini Cooper, clocking 15.563sec.

All in all, with participation in the Valley Run growing by the year, and speeds and machines getting even more serious, there’s no denying that drag racing is here to stay. After all, the bragging rights are well worth the time, money and sheer energy the competitors put into their well-oiled machines.

Results: Motorcycles
CodeCategoryNameVehicleTime (seconds)
M1Upto 165cc (2-stroke)Iqbal Shaikh Yamaha RX13512.833
M2Above 350cc (2-stroke)Mubarak PashaYamaha RD35011.486
M3Upto 165cc (4-stroke)Mustafa Siraj KhanYamaha R1514.911
M4165cc-225cc (4-stroke)Mujahid PashaTVS Apache RTR 16513.482
M5226cc-360cc (4-stroke)Mustafa Siraj KhanYamaha R1512.916
M6361cc-500cc (4-stroke)Iqbal Shaikh KTM 390 Duke12.560
M7551cc-850cc (Inlline 3/4)Prathamesh Bolinjkar Triumph Daytona 675R10.781
M8649cc-850cc (single/twin)Junaid AnsariDucati 10.993
M9851cc-1050cc (4-stroke)Mohd. RiyazYamaha R19.555
M101051cc and AboveHafizulla KhanSuzuki Hayabusa9.650
O1Indian Open 0-550cc (Indian Bikes)Mubarak PashaYamaha RD35011.996
O2551cc & Above UnrestrictedMohd. RiyazYamaha R19.646
P1Muscle Bike OpenImran MajidIndian FTR 11.991
P2Naked Bike Open Zubair Ali JungSuzuki B-King 10.857
W1Fastest Wheelie (Indian Bikes)Deepak Franklin KTM 390 duke15.082
W2Fastest Wheelie (Foreign)Deepak Franklin Kawasaki ZX10R 10.272
Fastest Female Samantha D'SouzaKTM 390 Duke 13.211
Best Tuner (Indian)Mubarak PashaYamaha RD35011.996

Results: Cars
CodeCategory Name VehicleTime (seconds)
A1Upto 1150ccSarang BorkkarMaruti Suzuki Zen18.289
A21151cc-1450ccBiten JagasiaMaruti Suzuki Esteem17.957
A31451cc-1650ccArpit Praful MasonHonda City16.595
A41651cc-2050ccJamshir ParikhVolkswagen Polo GT16.576
A52051cc-2550ccAbubark ArtaniAbarth Punto15.589
A62551cc-3060ccChetan Shetty Skoda Octavia14.344
A73061cc and AboveNiranjan TodkariSkoda Octavia14.764
B21151cc-1450ccAnant Pithawalla Maruti Suzuki Esteem16.586
B31451cc-1650ccTejas Gaikwad Honda City16.095
B41650cc-2050ccMohammad Saad AnsariHonda Brio16.643
B52051cc-2550ccKamlesh Parmar Honda City14.723
B62551cc-3060ccTarun ManchandaSkoda Laura12.925
B73061cc and Above Mithun MSkoda Octavia RS 12.490
G1Indian Open (Stock Body)Tarun ManchandaSkoda Laura 12.999
G2Indian Open (Altered Body)Mithun MSkoda Octava RS12.454
FIndian Cars with Foreign EngineHamza AlimahomedMitsubishi Lancer Evo13.233
K21151cc-1450cc (Diesel)Shrikant Kandare Maruti Suzuki Ciaz17.501
K41652cc-2050cc (Diesel)Kejas ShahBMW 320D 14.566
K52051cc-2550cc (Diesel)Venugopal NVolkswagen Polo GT TDI14.659
K73061cc and Above (Diesel)Tune O TronicsBMW 530D12.600
H1Upto 2499cc (Foreign Cars)Antony JohnMercedes-Amg CLA4512.206
H22500cc-3499cc (Foreign Cars)Abhishek NigamAudi RS511.972
H33500cc-4499cc (Foreign Cars)Vishwajit ReddyBMW M510.411
H4Above 4500cc (Foreign Cars)GaneshLamborghini Huracan 11.090
I1Upto 2499cc (Foreign Cars)Diven Batra Mercedes-Amg CLA4512.157
I22500cc-3499cc (Foreign Cars)Vivek RamchanderBMW 530d12.687
I33500cc-4499cc (Foreign Cars)Uzair AnsariBMW M510.401
I4Above 4500cc (Foreign Cars)Dhwanil PatelLamborghini Huracan 11.195
J4 Wheelers Unrestricted Uzair AnsariBMW M510.352
Fastest Female Driver Jhanvi Bhavsar Mini Cooper 15.563
Best Indian Tuner Tune O TronicsSkoda Octavia RS12.454
Best Indian Tuner (Diesel)Tune O TronicsBMW 530D12.600
Fastest Indian CarMithun M.Skoda Octavia RS12.454
Fastest Foreign CarUzair AnsariBMW M510.352

Also see:

2019 Valley Run image gallery

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