India Speed Week 2016 report

    Published On Dec 20, 2016 10:18:00 AM

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    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 imagegallery of the 2016 India Speed Week.

    CARS

    Category

    Name

    Car

    Time (S)

    K2 Diesel Cars from 1451 to 1750 cc

    Rishav Chawdhury

    Hyundai Verna diesel 1.6

    15.463

    A1 + A3 Indian Cars up to 1650cc

    Debdeep Rakshit

    Honda City VTEC

    16.040

    K4 Diesel Cars above 2050 cc

    Subhodeep Saha

    BMW 530d M Sport

    16.224

    A4 Indian Cars from 1651 to 2050 cc

    Silas Paul Pachigalla

    Volkswagen Passat

    15.927

    B1/B2 UP T0 1450CC

    Anuj Gupta

    Maruti Suzuki Esteem

    16.506

    B5/B6 Indian cars 2050cc+

    Vivek Ramchander

    Skoda Laura

    13.695

    F (Indian open Petrol/Diesel)

    Siddhartha Mallu

    BMW 328i

    13.397

    G (Indian open Petrol/Diesel)

    Stephen Pachigalla

    Skoda Laura

    13.493

    K1 Diesel Cars up to 1450 cc

    Gurpreet Singh

    Maruti Swift

    17.532

    K3 Diesel Cars from 1751 to 2050 cc

    Vivek Ramchander

    Skoda Laura

    13.511

    H2 Foreign Cars from 2001 to 3000 cc

    Atul Surana

    BMW Z4

    13.699

    H3 Foreign Cars from 3001 to 4000 cc

    Suresh Tolani

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    12.950

    I3 Foreign Cars from 3001 to 4000 cc

    Siddhartha Mallu

    BMW328i

    13.629

    H4 Foreign Cars above 4001 cc

    Parveen Agarwal

    Ferrari F488

    11.535

    J Unrestricted (Petrol / Diesel)

    Neeraj Sharma

    Audi R8

    12.277

    BIKES

    Category

    Name

    Time

    Motorcycle

    M1 100cc to 225cc - 2 stroke

    Syed Afsar

    12.708

    YamahaRX135

    M2 250cc to 360cc - 2 stroke

    Kaleem Pasha

    11.144

    Yamaha RD350

    M3 100cc to 225cc - 4 stroke

    Iqbal Shaikh

    13.543

    KTM200

    M4 250cc to 360cc - 4 stroke

    Debanjan Mondal

    13.622

    KawasakiNinja300

    M5 361cc to 500cc - 4 stroke

    Shabbir Ansari

    12.699

    KTM390

    M6 600cc to 850cc

    Neeraj Kumar Sharma

    10.044

    Yamaha R6

    M7 649cc to 899cc

    Mirza Jahangir

    11.049

    Ducati 848

    M8 851cc to 1050cc

    Amit Sharma

    9.542

    BMWS1000RR

    M9 1051cc to 1450cc

    Amit Sharma

    9.614

    Suzuki Hayabusa

    W1 Fastest Wheelie - Indian (550cc & below

    Usman Khan

    15.439

    YamahaRX135

    W2 Fastest Wheelie – Foreign

    Nadeem Shah

    10.650

    KawasakiZ1000

    O1 (Indian open up to 500cc)

    Kaleem Pasha

    11.292

    Yamaha RD350

    O2 (Foreign open above 600cc)

    Zahir Shah

    9.432

    BMWS1000RR

    P1 Foreign Cruiser open 700cc+

    Sundeep Singh Sokhi

    16.945

    Suzuki Intruder

    P2 Indian Cruisers open

    Arpan Das

    17.049

    RoyalEnfield500

    P3 Muscle Bike

    Nadeem Shah

    10.346

    Ducati Diavel

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