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India Speed Week 2016 report

20th Dec 2016 10:18 am

Here’s all the action from the first ever drag-race weekend held in Kolkata

East India witnessed its first ever drag race at the Behala flying club in Kolkata on December 10-11. Organised by Elite Octane, in association with the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), India Speed Week was a two-day-long drag-race fest that saw over 370 participants tear down the airstrip on cars and motorcycles of every type and size. The cars ranged from a Hyundai Eon to Lamborghini Huracans and Audi R8s of the world, along with some seriously souped-up cars.

How about a mid-engined Skoda Octavia that puts out 340hp plus through its rear wheels? Or drag-racer Joel Joseph’s 445hp turbocharged Honda City VTEC dragster that could give an Audi R8 a run for its money? And we haven’t even gotten to the bikes yet.

The two-wheelers at the event included everything from Yamaha RX100-turned-featherweight dragsters to modded Yamaha RD350s that could blitz the quarter-mile in under 13 seconds, to sports bikes of every imaginable cubic capacity. While the KTM 200s and 390s came to test their mettle in boatloads, there was absolutely no dearth of big-boy toys like the Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1M and the BMW S1000RR, some of which even wheelied their way from start to finish. To top it all off, a couple of Kawasaki Ninja H2s and India’s only turbocharged ZX14 R also made it to the starting line.

But the rides serve no purpose without their riders. Among the participants, one who really stood out was Ranchi’s Rohan Singh. You wouldn’t notice anything different about this 26-year-old lawyer and motorcycling enthusiast when he’s flying off the starting line on his Suzuki Gixxer 1000. Unless, of course, you have keen eyes like those of Autocar photographer Paul Dewars.

The fact that Rohan is differently abled hasn’t kept him from his passion of riding. So much so that he rides over 5,000km a month. Besides the big Gixxer (the same bike that was used in the movie Dhoom 2), he also owns a KTM Duke 390 and a Ducati Monster 696 that he rides regularly. He plans on taking up racing as a full-time career, reserving his duties at the court only for pro bono cases.

Due to the tarmac not holding together well under extreme braking, the racetrack was limited to 350m, instead of the traditional 402.3m quarter-mile stretch for safety reasons. And after tonnes of wheel-spin, with both cars and bikes hunting for traction, and some seriously quick dashes to the finish line, we have the winners from every category listed below.

For a better look at the action from the Behala air strip, check out our image gallery of the 2016 India Speed Week. 





Time (S)

K2  Diesel Cars from 1451 to 1750 cc

Rishav Chawdhury

Hyundai Verna diesel 1.6



A1 + A3  Indian Cars up to 1650cc

Debdeep Rakshit

Honda City VTEC


K4  Diesel Cars above 2050 cc

Subhodeep Saha

BMW 530d M Sport


A4  Indian Cars from 1651 to 2050 cc

Silas Paul Pachigalla

Volkswagen Passat


B1/B2 UP T0 1450CC

Anuj Gupta

Maruti Suzuki Esteem


B5/B6 Indian cars 2050cc+

Vivek Ramchander

Skoda Laura


F (Indian open Petrol/Diesel)

Siddhartha Mallu

BMW 328i


G (Indian open Petrol/Diesel)

Stephen Pachigalla

Skoda Laura


K1 Diesel Cars up to 1450 cc

Gurpreet Singh

Maruti Swift


K3 Diesel Cars from 1751 to 2050 cc

Vivek Ramchander

Skoda Laura


H2 Foreign Cars from 2001 to 3000 cc

Atul Surana



H3 Foreign Cars from 3001 to 4000 cc

Suresh Tolani

Porsche 911 Carrera


I3 Foreign Cars from 3001 to 4000 cc

Siddhartha Mallu

BMW 328i


H4 Foreign Cars above 4001 cc

Parveen Agarwal

Ferrari F488


J Unrestricted (Petrol / Diesel)

Neeraj Sharma

Audi R8








M1  100cc to 225cc - 2 stroke

Syed Afsar


Yamaha RX135

M2 250cc to 360cc - 2 stroke

Kaleem Pasha


Yamaha RD350

M3 100cc to 225cc - 4 stroke

Iqbal Shaikh


KTM 200

M4  250cc to 360cc - 4 stroke

Debanjan Mondal


Kawasaki Ninja 300

M5 361cc to 500cc - 4 stroke

Shabbir Ansari


KTM 390

M6  600cc to 850cc

Neeraj Kumar Sharma


Yamaha R6

M7  649cc to 899cc

Mirza Jahangir


Ducati 848

M8  851cc to 1050cc

Amit Sharma


BMW S 1000 RR

M9 1051cc to 1450cc

Amit Sharma


Suzuki Hayabusa

W1 Fastest Wheelie - Indian (550cc & below

Usman Khan


Yamaha RX135

W2  Fastest Wheelie – Foreign

Nadeem Shah


Kawasaki Z1000

O1  (Indian open up to 500cc)

Kaleem Pasha


Yamaha RD350

O2  (Foreign open above 600cc)

Zahir Shah


BMW S 1000 RR

P1 Foreign Cruiser open 700cc+

Sundeep Singh Sokhi


Suzuki Intruder

P2  Indian Cruisers open

Arpan Das


Royal Enfield 500

P3  Muscle Bike

Nadeem Shah


Ducati Diavel


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