Kolkata, India, August 12, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- A senior auto junction official said the objective of being associated with this event was two-pronged. On one hand, they wanted to be associated with the cause of visual impairment, and on the other, it supported the event to celebrate the spirit of motor sports.
The event, which primarily focused on empowerment for the visually challenged and creates a platform for them to be a part of the exciting and thrilling sport, saw more than 170 participants and 51 rally drivers battle it out for the top honours.
Flagged off by the Police Commissioner of Kolkata Mr Surajit Kar Purkayastha, the rally covered around 60 km to end at the Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys Academy.
“It was our vision to give an opportunity to the visually impaired to be the driving force in a sport, which is otherwise not available to them. Here is a person who can see is empowered by the visually impaired and throughout the rallying sector, the visually impaired is on the ‘driver’s seat’ mode and the actual driver is on the ‘guide d’ mode,” said Yogesh Gupta, president, Rotary Club of Calcutta Midtown and Chief Coordinator for the event.
Under the guidance of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the car rally was categorized under two classes:
1. Expert class: Open to all entrants / drivers with a blind navigator.
2. Amateur Class: Open to members of the Rotary Club, Rotaract Club, their friends and relatives, other members of the society but excluding professional motor rally participants and other experienced amateur rally participants.
Each car had a visually impaired navigator and a driver who could see. The driving instructions were provided in Braille. The Chief Steward of the rally was Lajpat Prasad, who was assisted by the other two stewards, Siddhartha S Bose and Subhash Nag Chowdhury. The Clerk Of Course was Arup Dey.
1. Dipanjan Ganguly (driver) & Sourav Pan (navigator) -18 penalty points
2. Aditya Singhi (driver) & Pradip Mondal (navigator) -23 penalty points
3. Vandana Sethi (driver) Sabita Jagotia (navigator) – 26 penalty points
4. Debasish Sen (driver) & Somnath Hazra (navigator) - 26 penalty points
1. Soumyadeb Shaw (driver) & Sandip Ghosh (navigator) -5 penalty points
2. Sudip Kumar Ghosh (driver) & Biswajit Sil (navigator) - 12 penalty points
3. Anubhab De (driver) & Rajdip Naik (navigator) - 15 penalty points