Kolkata, Nov 7 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM) on Sunday announced that they will organize the first national Motor Sports event held solely in the hills of Eastern India – Vodafone Eastern Mountain Safari (VEMS) 2011.
The curtain raiser was held on Sunday in the presence of popular Tollywood actress Srabanti at City Center I, Salt Lake in Kolkata.
It is the first TSD rally in Eastern India which will see the participation of Manufacturer Teams in the form of Team Tata Motors. The rally will also herald the entry of the Indian Army Team in events of Eastern India for the first time.
VEMS’11 is being attended by participants from all the over the country.
The 2 days’ event of 400 kms is to be held on 10th and 11th November followed by the podium ceremony and champagne ceremony on 12th November in the northern part of Bengal.
The total distance will be split into 2 legs on 10th & 11th November respectively.
Traveling in and around Siliguri and its neighboring mountain ranges, the rally will once again follow the exciting trend of GPS time controls along with the Standard Time Controls and Self Time Controls, a format introduced by RRPM, which has been widely accepted and appreciated by all competitors after its successful introduction in the previous event, the Rally de Sea View.
Each day the driving time would be around 10 hours.
Teams from different parts of the country would number to 25 and cars to be seen in the hills would be modified Mitsubishi Cedia, Maruti Esteem, Tata Xenon, Safari, Vista & Grande and the Maruti Gypsy.
These specially prepared cars would be driven by eminent motorists like Somdeb Chanda (Kolkata), Sachin Singh (Hyderabad), Karthik Maruthi (Erode), Raj Singh Rathore (New Delhi), Anthony (Bangalore), Asish Budhia (Jharkand) and others from all over the country.
A purse of Rs. 14,30,000/- is at stake in the Vodafone Eastern Mountain Safari 2011. Along with the prize money, each of the above positioned teams will receive two trophies each.
Amittrajit Ghosh, Director of RRPM, said: “This is going to be the first national motor-sports event in the hills of Eastern India with All India presence. We are aware of motorists showing enthusiasm in rallying in the Himalayas so we thought why not the hills in our Bengal. To make the event all the more exciting along with disclosed time controls and passage controls we would also have secret time controls, self time controls and GPS time controls.
“In India, we introduced the concept of GPS time controls in TSD format and we are continuing it because it adds to the safety along with precision in results. The fact that Manufacturer teams like TATA Motors and the Indian Army have entered our event makes us very happy and we look forward to giving all the competitors a great event.”
GPS tracker helps in monitoring the cars from the control room and hence one can see the exact location of any car at any given point of time during the rally. GTC – GPS Time Control, note the timings of each car as they traverse through the given route.
In the Self Time Control Zone, teams have to note their timings themselves. This does not allow any car to maintain a high speed for a long duration and hence makes the rally safer.
The concept of 0 & 00 cars was also brought to Eastern India by RRPM.
It is going to be the 3rd TSD event (all 3 by RRPM) in Eastern India where one can see the usage of 0 & 00 cars.
0 car generally traverses through the rally route just before the rally begins and would follow all the instructions like a participating team.
00 car would travel through the route about 15 minutes before the rally to check the track.
The event is also supported by a large amount of force from the North Bengal Police and around 150 local volunteers from the nearby areas.