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Old 2nd November 2009, 13:37   #1
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Hi Guys,

Sanjay David & Raghav R (IGNITE) participated in the annual Sri Lankan 4x4 competition - Taprobana Challenge 2009 held on 28th Oct- 1st Nov 2009.

The Indian team participated in a 4.2L Toyota Land Cruiser and stood 8th out of 20 participants.

The Highlight was Sanjay David beat the score of the reigning Sri-Lankan champion Indika Sanjaya in the Last SS, which everyone considered a great feat as no-one has beaten his timing in any SS, in a long time.

More details and pics from Sean Hameed, Raghav & Kaushik Mahadevan.

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Hi Guys,

Sanjay David & Raghav R (IGNITE) participated in the annual Sri Lankan 4x4 competition - Taprobana Challenge 2009 held on 28th Oct- 1st Nov 2009.

The Indian team participated in a 4.2L Toyota Land Cruiser and stood 8th out of 20 participants.

The Highlight was Sanjay David beat the score of the reigning Sri-Lankan champion Indika Sanjaya in the Last SS, which everyone considered a great feat as no-one has beaten his timing in any SS, in a long time.

More details and pics from Sean Hameed, Raghav & Kaushik Mahadevan.

Regards,

Arka

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Way to go guys. Congratulations on the great feat.
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Default Congratulations- Sanjay and Raghav!!

Indian Team managing to finish 8th and my Palar challenge team mate beating a veteran in a special stage is a great news! Congratulations Teamiee

Ragav, truly a great feat indeed. We must meet up for stories and details soon.

Where are the pics guys??
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Raghav owes us a treat now.. make that 2 for Sanjay (palar treat is still pending)

Congrats guys...
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Hi Guys,

Sanjay David & Raghav R (IGNITE) participated in the annual Sri Lankan 4x4 competition - Taprobana Challenge 2009 held on 28th Oct- 1st Nov 2009.

The Indian team participated in a 4.2L Toyota Land Cruiser and stood 8th out of 20 participants.

The Highlight was Sanjay David beat the score of the reigning Sri-Lankan champion Indika Sanjaya in the Last SS, which everyone considered a great feat as no-one has beaten his timing in any SS, in a long time.

More details and pics from Sean Hameed, Raghav & Kaushik Mahadevan.

Regards,

Arka

"Taprobana 4x4 Challenge - 2009" | Four Wheel Drive Club of Sri Lanka
I always been a strong beleiver that brains work better in off road scenarios than brawns.

Sanjay and Raghav, Drove a LJ 70 Land Cruiser 2.8 Litre 4 Cylinder Diesel, 300 cc more than what he is used to. Vehicle was pretty much stock with standard coil spring suspension, compared all his peers. His and the 2nd BJ40 Land Crusier, which was driven by Zunin Mohamed from Kerela were the only 2 vehicle without Diff locks, and the only 2 vehicles running 33" tires. Our Marshalling vehicles were more souped up han this.

Sanjay also came to terms with the winch after a quick breifing before the start. These guys are so well respected in our competion quadrant, that they fear that their rankings are at risk if the man was given a machine in par with the others.

This is where the locals needed a reminder about basics of off roading and terrain reading. In SS number 11 in the river section, there were only 2 guys made it without winching. Our # 1 Champion and Mr. David. Of course the beach section he was the master, where palar has taught him many valuable tricks.

When I wrote first on this forum, I metioned that it does not matter what type of vehicle that you drive, as Raghav says "It is all up to the nut that is hoding the steering Wheel"

Get your Mahindra's and the Gypsey's ready, you guys can give a fight, Sanjay David & Raghav your next stop in Malaysia is coming up.

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Hi guys,
congrats on such a nice achievement.I would like to please request LKCRUISERS to explain may be in a seperate thread how this competitative 4X4 works.what are the tasks involved , how are the points given , etc.
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Raghav & David, A BIG congrats & standing ovation to you folks. You folks have done the Indian 4x4 community proud by your achievement.

@LKCruisers: a nice brief writeup that you have posted here about David & Sanjay. I feel happy reading this.

Way to go.!!!!
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Hi all,

just to clarify... Our contenders from India were Sanjay David (Driver) and Raghav R (Co-driver) of IGNITE

I am uploading a photo of the duo - Sanjay is wearing a black t-shirt and Raghav is wearing a red t-shirt.


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Sanjay David and team came second in the Palar Challenge 08 and first in the Palar Challenge 09.

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Congrads Sanjay. Did you have a chance to do a proper recce?

Pretty good to beat a vetran at his own turf !
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Congrats! Sanjay and Raghav.

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Sanjay and Raghav, Drove a LJ 70 Land Cruiser 2.8 Litre 4 Cylinder Diesel, 300 cc more than what he is used to. Vehicle was pretty much stock with standard coil spring suspension, compared all his peers. His and the 2nd BJ40 Land Crusier, which was driven by Zunin Mohamed from Kerela were the only 2 vehicle without Diff locks, and the only 2 vehicles running 33" tires. Our Marshalling vehicles were more souped up han this.
I am curious about this statement. I had initially thought that their vehicle (LJ 70 Land Cruiser 2.8 L) was a monster, but you are telling it was puny compared to the competition. In that case, where would our Jeep/Gypsy stand? I rarely ever see a foreign make vehicle in Indian offroad events. Does that mean Srilankan offroad scene is lot more advanced with modern offroad vehicles? Are there domestic offroad vehicles?

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These guys are so well respected in our competion quadrant, that they fear that their rankings are at risk if the man was given a machine in par with the others.

This is where the locals needed a reminder about basics of off roading and terrain reading.
This is probably the result of our primitive offroad vehicles, they force people to really understand the offroading basics and terrain.
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Congrats! Sanjay and Raghav.

I am curious about this statement. I had initially thought that their vehicle (LJ 70 Land Cruiser 2.8 L) was a monster, but you are telling it was puny compared to the competition. In that case, where would our Jeep/Gypsy stand? I rarely ever see a foreign make vehicle in Indian offroad events. Does that mean Srilankan offroad scene is lot more advanced with modern offroad vehicles? Are there domestic offroad vehicles?

This is probably the result of our primitive offroad vehicles, they force people to really understand the offroading basics and terrain.
Hi Samurai,

The Champion Drives a Land Rover with a 100" Range Rover Chassis, with a light series II body with Upgraded 2.5 litre 300 Tdi Engine with High Boost Turbo which produces over 150 bhp. His Axles are reinforced Ashcroft from UK, he is running 35x10.50 15 Simex extreme trekker with internal bead locks, His clutch is special order, His winch alone is an investment, 16mm Plasma rope, twin motor Giglepin with 60% speed upgrade with XP 6 HP motors running 24Volts through 12Volts. Exit Entry Angles chopped, Lightened by cutting even the excess threads off the bolts.

Compared to this Sanjay's one is stock standard how Toyota sent it. His upgrade is that it has 33 x 12.5 15 Tires where the treads are worn 70%. The winch is a 3600kg stock winch from Toyota. The 3L engine produces about 90 horses.

Our Marshal / Scout Vehicles - Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ 80 has Diff Locks Front & Rear, Safari Tuff Clutch, Dobinsons Heavy Duty Suspension and Warn Winch. Stuff the LJ 70 did not have.

The modern off road vehicles are mostly designed with road on mind and off road as an option. The older designs were mostly purpose built, but unpopular for their road manners.

The Gypsey & The MM540 is still purpose built. Ask Raghav how we further build it for compettition, He was in our garage, and most waht we do can be sourced in India to modify.

Check our Web site and the Sanya Event what they have done with a Suzuki Samurai, it wan the event.

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congrats to you our indian team. Personally have met Indika, a very nice guy and an expert in Landrovers. He is got a big garage where he does everything for rovers, especially defenders. Wish the burger was here in India. He also has won the rainforest challenge too.
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Indika and many other are planning to take up on Sanjay's invite to Palar Challenge 2010.

Indika has yet to win the Rainforest Challenge, 2006 he was placed 14th Overall and 2nd in The Diesel under 3000 catagory. 2007 The event was washed off.

He has won the championship and his award is the entry to RFC 2009, as the Sri Lanka Champion. He is currently the best qualified and has the best chances of reaching the podium for Sri Lanka.

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Sanjay David posing with Prashan, just after finishing the event's last SS (The one he came first)


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Sanjay David at the prize distribution



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Our team in action

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