2019 Valley Run sees over 600 entrants

    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.

    Published On Dec 16, 2019 08:06:00 PM


    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 ShaikhYamaha 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 ShaikhKTM 390 Duke12.560
    M7551cc-850cc (Inlline 3/4)Prathamesh BolinjkarTriumph Daytona 675R10.781
    M8649cc-850cc (single/twin)Junaid AnsariDucati10.993
    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 FTR11.991
    P2Naked Bike OpenZubair Ali JungSuzuki B-King10.857
    W1Fastest Wheelie (Indian Bikes)Deepak FranklinKTM 390 duke15.082
    W2Fastest Wheelie (Foreign)Deepak FranklinKawasaki ZX10R10.272
    Fastest FemaleSamantha D'SouzaKTM 390 Duke13.211
    Best Tuner (Indian)Mubarak PashaYamaha RD35011.996

    Results: Cars
    CodeCategoryNameVehicleTime (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 ShettySkoda Octavia14.344
    A73061cc and AboveNiranjan TodkariSkoda Octavia14.764
    B21151cc-1450ccAnant PithawallaMaruti Suzuki Esteem16.586
    B31451cc-1650ccTejas GaikwadHonda City16.095
    B41650cc-2050ccMohammad Saad AnsariHonda Brio16.643
    B52051cc-2550ccKamlesh ParmarHonda City14.723
    B62551cc-3060ccTarun ManchandaSkoda Laura12.925
    B73061cc and AboveMithun MSkoda Octavia RS12.490
    G1Indian Open (Stock Body)Tarun ManchandaSkoda Laura12.999
    G2Indian Open (Altered Body)Mithun MSkoda Octava RS12.454
    FIndian Cars with Foreign EngineHamza AlimahomedMitsubishi Lancer Evo13.233
    K21151cc-1450cc (Diesel)Shrikant KandareMaruti Suzuki Ciaz17.501
    K41652cc-2050cc (Diesel)Kejas ShahBMW 320D14.566
    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 Huracan11.090
    I1Upto 2499cc (Foreign Cars)Diven BatraMercedes-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 Huracan11.195
    J4 Wheelers UnrestrictedUzair AnsariBMW M510.352
    Fastest Female DriverJhanvi BhavsarMini Cooper15.563
    Best Indian TunerTune 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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