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First-Time Participating Couple Win At Drags, They Praise Car Club Efforts

  For couple, Kajal Kumar (husband) and Indra Kumar (wife), it was a first time entry in the drags organised by the Fiji Car Club on August 28. And best
10 Sep 2016 15:11
First-Time Participating Couple Win At Drags, They Praise Car Club Efforts

 

For couple, Kajal Kumar (husband) and Indra Kumar (wife), it was a first time entry in the drags organised by the Fiji Car Club on August 28.

And best of all, they won. The couple participated using their 2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 litre 7-speed vehicle which is turbo charged.

While Mr Kumar won the ¼ Mile Drag Race 17 category, Mrs Kumar won the Open Ladies Drag Wars category.

Mr Kumar said he has always been into cars ever since he was young.

“Driving at high speeds has always been a hobby so instead of risking lives on our roads I chose to test my driving skills on tracks,” he said.

“I would like to thank Fiji Car Club President, Raizal Haniff, and his team because of whom, not just me but my wife also got a chance to participate.

“I was surprised to win the 17 second ¼ mile drags because I had earlier lost in the semi-final of drag wars.

“So I was really disappointed up until my name was announced for the best time in the mentioned category.

“It came as a shock but I was really happy about it and more happy to see my love lady win it too.”

Mr Kumar is a licensed real estate agent and property management expert.

He is originally from Labasa, but moved to Suva some 12 years ago and attended DAV Suva.

He has represented Nasinu Indo Rugby, Wainivula Eels rugby team and Fiji Indo Rugby team.

But now that the indo rugby doesn’t have exposure, he has shifted his focus on drags as leisure.

 

About the ride

About his ride, Mr Kumar said his Volkswagen is not modified and was as it was from factory.

“The shell may look ordinary but what’s under the hood is something to fear for as it can go up to 260kmph,” he said.

“We do not have any plans to upgrade as we will keep it as a family car but we are in the market to purchase a Toyota Ke 70 or datsun 120y or something similar,” he said.

“This would be something which we racing couple can modify and then try to compete in lower categories like maybe challenging my good friend Francis Nair’s EX 200 (laughs).

“I can then aim to participate in 15 seconds category or lower.”

Mr Kumar will be sure to participate in the next drags which will be held on September 25.

 

Thankful to

He thanked current sponsor, Pacific Energy Shell Lubricants as well as previous sponsors, Global Warehouse (Fiji) Limited (Penrite) and Lincoln Refrigeration for their continuous support in motor sports development in Fiji.

Mr Kumar also thanked fellow racer, Francis Nair, for making him believe that he can win and not just participate by giving sharing some racing tactics as well.

“And also not forgetting Fiji Car Club executive Rahul Rajesh for his guidance and my IL team of Nischal, Sonil, Satish, Ronal, Suman, Sanju, Nikansha and my son Ishant,” he said.

“We couldn’t perform without their encouragement and cheering.”

Mr Kumar’s advice to all drivers: “I humbly request if you wish to race, then join Fiji Car Club but do not race on our roads.

“So many accidents and lives are lost unnecessarily by just one error.

“And i think if people start getting their fielders and other vehicles, then Raizal and team may have another category just like the hybrid and trust me it will be fun.”

Feedback:  rachna@fijisun.com.fj

 


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