10 RARE SUBARU’S EVER BUILT

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1954, Subaru has produced millions of cars worldwide, with many models having production runs of fewer than a thousand units. Below I’ve listed some of those Subaru vehicles that are rare, strange or otherwise unknown.

1. Subaru FE Coupe





STI stands for Subaru Tecnica International, WRX stands for World Rally X, with the X meaning ‘cross’ or ‘experimental’ (depending on who you ask). FE? That stands for Fuel Economy, and the incredibly efficient FE was rated at 33 mpg city and 50 mpg highway. Yes, Subaru was beating the 2015 Toyota Prius’ 48 highway miles per gallon in 1979. The 1.6 liter, horizontally opposed four cylinder was fitted with a “transistorized ignition”, with an increased compression ratio, a redesigned camshaft and new combustion chamber design. Options at the time included an AM/FM stereo, tape system and a CB radio. Rarity: So low I can’t find anything on the Internet about it.

2. Subaru Impreza WRX STi Spec C Type RA-R



Subaru absolutely loves the alphabet, and if you haven’t seen my parody video on this topic, check it out Subaru Impreza Wrx Sti Spec Type RA-R Video That video was inspired in part by the Impreza WRX STi Spec C Type RA-R. This rare 320 horsepower, 318 lb ft of torque monster was released in 2006 with only 300 making it to production. That’s even more rare than the Impreza 22B. The year it was released, the STi Spec C Type RA-R came at an asking price of 4,284,000 Yen, which is $35,685 in today’s marketplace. A quick google search finds one for sale at $37,382 in Britain. If you bought one, good investment!

3. Subaru FF-1

According to Subaru, the FF-1 was the first front-wheel drive car to come out of Japan and the first to use Subaru’s four-cylinder Boxer engine. Offered from 1969 to 1972, the FF-1 was available in two-door, four-door and a wagon models. A few enthusiasts over on NASIOC have saved a couple of these FF-1s from the junkyard, like SubieGal with her 1970 FF-1 and Kostamojen with his FF-1. The FF-1 was powered by Subaru’s 1.1-liter EA-61 engine, pushing out 65 horsepower and 61 pound feet of torque. According to many, this is the rarest Subaru you can find in the US.

4. Subaru Impreza Casa Blanca

Possibly the ugliest, most vile Subaru ever conceived, the Casa Blanca was a car based around the 1999-2000 Impreza. According to Jalopnik, the Casa Blanca was designed during a retro car craze over in Japan. The front fascia design works well on its own, but when paired with the rally-inspired look of the first generation Impreza wagon, it makes me want to nuke it from orbit. The rear end design was mailed in too. The designers simply took out the taillights and plopped in new ones. 5,000 of these Japan-only monsters were ever made and as far as I know, no one has been crazy enough to bring one state-side. The Casa Blanca was not even worth the work it took to manufacture it.

5. Subaru 360

This adorable little munchkin is the Subaru 360, a model introduced by Subaru in 1958. It took a decade for the 360 to make its way to America where it went on sale at an affordable $1,297 (around $9,000 when adjusted for 2015 inflation). Not exactly rare for the time, Subaru produced 392,000 of these rear-engined, two-door cars over a 12 year run. The 360 was powered by a two-cylinder, two-stroke engine churning out a neck snapping 22 horsepower. Although it was underpowered by today’s standards, it weighed only 900 pounds and achieved 66.3 miles per gallon. That’s LA to New York on only 41.8 gallons of gas! With today’s gas prices, that’s a cross-country road trip for $87. (Sidenote: Gas prices averaged $0.35 per gallon in 1970, so that road trip would have cost you less than $15 in gas back then.) Rarity in the US? 10,000 of the Sport model were sold in the US, how many are still running, unknown.

6. Subaru Legacy 2.5GT spec.B

Offered from 2006-2009, the spec.B was a rare performance-based Legacy with a turbocharged 2.5-liter, with 241 torque and 243 horsepower. In some ways, it’s the closest US fans have ever seen to a production model Legacy STi. Other upgrades over the Legacy GT included a six-speed manual transmission, DVD-based navigation and a Momo steering wheel. According to the Internets, only around 1,000 were ever produced. Car and Driver tested the $34,620 car in 2006 and felt that it was a little spendy and fell short option-wise when compared to other cars in its price group. Hey, you can’t put a price on rarity.

7. Subaru Sambar

Not exactly rare overseas, the Sambar has been a staple in Japan since 1961. The original Sambar microvan/microtruck was created as an option for Subaru 360 buyers that wanted to carry small loads. The Sambar was first powered by a tiny 356cc two-stroke engine paired with a 3-speed manual transmission and offered in van and pickup truck variations. Today, the 2015 Subaru Sambar is powered by a 3-cylinder, 660cc engine offered in both 2WD and 4WD variants. There are a handful of the old model stateside currently, with more than a few being turned into Volkswagen Bus replicas.

8. Subaru Impreza UK300

As the name suggests, the UK300 had a limited run of only 300 units. According to NorthUrsalia.com, the UK300 was a Prodrive project on the old Bugeye Impreza. A Prodrive Performance Package was added, as well as a couple exterior and interior design enhancements.

9. S201

Another one for the “kill it with fire” books, the S201 was based around the first generation Impreza with a seriously awful body kit. The spoiler may be the worst in existence. It wasn’t just all show and no go, since it came with a 2.0 liter with 300 horsepower and 260 torque. According to NorthUrsalia.com, the S201 was based around the Electra One concept. No one knows how many are still around, but maybe that just helps us forget about it.

10. 1998 Impreza 22B STI Coupe

No rare Subaru list is complete without the holy grail of Subarus, the 22B. Easily my favorite Subaru ever, the 22B came with a closed-deck 2.2 liter with 278 horsepower. What separates the 22B from the rest of Subaru’s fleet is the incredible widebody kit and the nearly bulletproof engine. Only 424 were ever produced and, as of this writing, I’m only aware of 2 being in the States. The 22B is truly Subaru’s greatest masterpiece.

Bonus: One more, and possibly the rarest “recent” model.

The Unicorn, the Acadia Green 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS


US models of the 2.5RS were produced from 1998 – 2001 and had a production run of 14,033. In 1998, only 1,680 were available. 700 of those 1,680 were in Rally Blue. Those in Acadia Green? Less than 250. That’s why this car is considered the Unicorn among Subaru enthusiast circles

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The Ultimate Subaru WRX STI

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When it comes to motorsports, the Isle of Man (IOM) punches well above its weight class. Geographically small and sparsely populated, the 221-square-mile plot of earth quietly nestled between Ireland and England is, in some ways, understandably low-key. For two weeks each year, though, a spotlight in the form of one of the world’s most storied motorcycle races illuminates the isle’s rolling hills, narrow streets and towering cliffs.

The Tourist Trophy (TT) race doubles Man’s population, floods the nation with capital and strings together one of the most arduous road courses ever conceived. For over a century, motorcycle riders have risked life and limb howling along a 37.7-mile loop for competitive glory and the viewing pleasure of spectators.
In 2011, Subaru and Isle of Man native Mark Higgins disrupted this two-wheeled ecosystem by sending a lightly modified WRX STI around the course in just under 20 minutes, breaking the 21-year vehicle lap record. Just three years later, the Manxman (local lingo for an Isle of Man inhabitant) and Subaru returned with a new 2015 WRX STI to shed another 41 seconds from the record.
This year, Subaru decided to raise the bar. Placing confidence once again in Higgins, the automaker partnered with UK motorsport engineering group Prodrive and Subaru Tecnica International to develop a racecar tailor-made to the IOM TT circuit.

The standard Subaru WRX STI is a remarkable piece of engineering: 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque power all four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine wastes not an ounce of power, thanks to the Subaru front and rear limited-slip differentials and a Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD). Combined with Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned suspension, the stock 2016 WRX STI inhales all types of road surfaces.

At the Isle of Man, however, the WRX STI was destined to be pushed beyond its original limits. Enter Prodrive. In mere months, Prodrive transformed a stock WRX STI into a purpose-built racecar that could handle the TT’s 200-plus corners, elevation changes and geographically compromised road surfaces.

. Interior of the 2016 IOM TT Challenge WRX STI.

The differences between a standard WRX STI and the 2016 TT Challenge Car begin under the hood. While the production engine block remains, every other powertrain component has been uniquely formed. Prodrive developed a tailored crankshaft, intercooler, rods, pistons, gaskets, cams and other internals, with a resulting 2.0 liters of displacement. A larger diameter turbocharger from Garrett®was then added to deliver torque between 4,250 and 8,500 rpm. This setup allows Higgins to keep his foot planted for longer without worrying that thrust will unsettle the car midcorner.

****Subaru WRX STI engine block with uniquely formed components****

Mated to the 600-hp motor is Prodrive’s Xtrac 6-speed semi-automatic sequential gearbox. While most drivers prefer a pair of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Higgins requested a single paddle. In addition to the transmission’s 24-millisecond gear changes, the H-pattern can offer more efficient shifting than linear layouts.

Though the IOM car shares the bones of the WRX STI, its suspension geometry has more in common with a WRC rally car. Four-way adjustable dampers, links, struts, sway bars, cross members and other components are designed to soak up the IOM’s punishing roads while providing the stiffness required for cornering stability. Aiding the suspension’s struggle for traction is a hydraulic active center differential and beefier front and rear limited-slip differentials. Rounding out the racecar’s grip-hoarding hardware is a set of 6-piston AP Racing aluminum brake calipers and 355 mm two piece discs.



******6-piston AP Racing aluminum brake calipers and 355 mm discs*****

Driver-controlled actuated rear wing via a wheel-mounted button.

While the thunder of the Challenge Car’s straight-pipe exhaust hints at its modified menace, its inflated bodywork is equally imposing. A stripped-down cabin, lightweight doors and fenders, and other lightweight materials make it 812 pounds lighter than a standard WRX STI. Downforce is amplified thanks to a jutting, wooden front splitter; hydraulic, driver-controlled rear wing; large air inlets on the hood; and air channels along the body. Speaking of that rear wing, Higgins articulates its movement via a steering wheel-mounted button, increasing or decreasing its pitch in fractions of a second. On straights, the wing is lowered to reduce drag, but under hard braking or cornering, raising the spoiler increases traction. Finally, Prodrive installed a high-strength steel FIA-spec safety cage.

RAI’S FINEST YOUNG DRIVER RAJBIR RAI SET TO RETIRE AFTER 2016 SEASON

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Rajbir Rai to hang his helmet at the end of
the 2016 KNRC season
Kenya’s fastest rally youngster Rajbir Rai has
announced his retirement from the sport after
years of brilliant displays.
Rajbir, the 2014 Pearl of Africa Uganda rally
and Kisumu rally winner announced after the
conclusion of the 2016 KCB Eldoret rally at
Chemweno farm that he will be quitting the
sport after the season closing Guru Nanak
Rally. The son of legendary Sarbi Rai admitted
candidly that he needs a fresh impetus in his
life, hence the decision to hang up his gloves
and balaclavas.
rajbir
“I just wanna have some fun in the remaining
two events coz I am retiring at the end of the
season. I have had a good five seasons and I
feel I have other things now.”-Rajbir.
Rajbir started his racing career with driving
buggies at Jamhuri Park prior to moving to
the 2WD class in his dad’s old VW Golf.

TAPIO SCORES A HATRIK AT KCB ELDORET RALLY 2016

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Finland’s Tapio Laukkanen scored his first ever hat-trick in Kenya by clinching victory in the KCB Eldoret Rally at the wheels of his familiar Subaru Impreza on Saturday.

Laukkanen’s efforts were almost thwarted after suffering two consecutive punctures and taking the risk of doing the remaining stages without a spare wheel.

The Finn was followed home by Manvir Baryan, who registered his best result in the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) by taking the all-important second place.

Incidentally, Baryan is the official sponsor of the Finnish driver. Under Multiple Carriers, Laukkanen has been able to tackle the whole of the KNRC series since his debut nearly two years ago.

Baryan, driving a Ford Fiesta, was followed by Rajbir Rai in third place in a similar car. Incidentally, the first three out of the four positions were filled by the Ford Fiestas, with Carl Tundo grabbing the fifth position.

TWO ROUNDS TO GO

Jassi Chatthe suffered a major blow in his bid to retain the championship title for the second year running after his Mitsubishi Evo10 was time barred in the fourth stage due to power steering problems. There are only two rounds remaining.

Ian Duncan was among the biggest casualties of the competition after his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10 came to an abrupt end with a blown turbo in the first stage of the rally.

“We could not continue with a damaged turbo though we had a spare one. It would have taken almost two hours to replace it. It is sad we had to pull out so early in the first stage of the day,” said Duncan.

The National Formula Two Class was won by Alex Lairangi in a Toyota Sprinter with its 17th position while his bitter rival, Eric Bengi, followed in 20th place driving a Toyota RunR. Natasha Tundo and Chantal Yound continue to perform well as the only all-female crew after finishing 19th in the competition.

Frigo Silvia proved to be the best-placed female navigator by guiding Conobbio Piero to the seventh place in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10.
KCB ELDORET RALLY PROVISIONAL RESULTS:
1. Tapio Laukannen (Subaru R4) 1h26m19s
2. Manvir Bryan (Ford Fiesta R4) 1h27m11s
3. Rajbir Rai (Ford Fiesta) 1h29m37s
4. Carl Tundo (Ford Fiesta Proto) 1h31m34s
5. Tejveer Rai (Evolution X) 1h33m57s
6. Amaanraj Rai (Evolution X) 1h34m15s
7. Piero Cannobio (Evolution 10) 1h35m16s
8. Jasmeet Chana (Evolution X) 1h35m58s
9. Mahesh Halai (Subaru N12) 1h38m28s
10. Asad Khan Kalulu (Subaru) 1h38m58s
11. Dennis Mwenda (Evolution 9) 1h40m12s
12. Onkar Rai (Evolution X) 1h40m38s
13.Taiti Wachira (Evolution) 1h40m50
14. John Nganga (Subaru) 1h41m10s
15. Kepher Walubi (Evolution) 1h46m10s
16. Osman Abdullahi 1h47m00s
17. Alex Lairangi (Toyota printer GT)
1h48m53s
18. Jansher Sandhu (Evolution 9) 1h49m56s
19. Natasha Tundo (Subaru N10) 1h50m40s
20. Eric Bengi (Toyota RunX) 1h52m12s
21. Chandu Devji (Subaru GC8) 1h53m15s
22. Leonardo Varese 1h54m23s
23. Sammy Nyorri (ToyoyaRunX) 2h01m16s
24. Duncan Mubiru (Evolution X) 2h30m04s

Retirements
1. Baldev Chager
2. Stephen Mwangi
3. Ramesh Vishram
4. Sam Karangatha
5. Jaspreet Chatthe
6. Izhar Mirza
7. Farhaaz Khan
8. Raaji Bharij
9. Ian Duncan
10. Edward Maina
11. Lodhia Miten
12. Umar Khalid

KCB ELDORET RALLY 2016 ROUND 6 DRAFT ITIENARY THIS SATURDAY ON OCTOBER 8TH

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Stage set for KCB Eldoret Rally
-Event will traverse two counties namely Uasin
Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet
-Rally will be organised by Western Kenya
Motor Club
-Scritineering and perc ferme will be at Sikh
Union Eldoret on October 7
-Flag off at KCB Eldoret Western Branch from
7am onwards on October 8
-Spectator stage and service will be at
Chemweno Farm on Moiben and finish at Iten
in Elgeyo Marakwet county.
-Total distance 258.80, Transport 111.30 &
Competitive 147.50.
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KCB Eldoret Rally 2016
KCB Eldoret Rally 2016
2016 KENYA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 5
KNRC CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS
1 Tapio Laukkanen 104
2 Jaspreet Chatthe 100
3 Ian Duncan 72
4 Rajbir Rai 61
5 Carl Tundo 51
6 Baldev Chager 49
7 Onkar Rai 48
8 Manvir Baryan 41
9 Mahesh Halai 20
10 Frank Tundo 16
11= Farhaaz Khan 15
11= Quentin Mitchell 15
11= Asad Khan 15
14= Karan Patel 12
14= Imran Mogul 12
16= Jasmeet Chana 11
16= Natasha Tundo 11
18 Izhar Mirza 10
19= Eric Njogu 9
19= Eric Bengi 9
19= Alex Lairangi 9
22 Tejveer Rai DNE 8
23= Chandrakant Devji 7
23= Leonardo Varese 7
23= Edward Maina 7
23= Ramesh Vishram 7
23= Osman Abdullahi 7
28= Amaanraj Rai 6
28= Jansher Sandhu 6
28= Sammy Nyorri 6
28= John Nganga 6
32= Adil Mirza 5
32= Josiah Kariuki 5
32= Steven Mwangi 5
35= Nikhil Sachania 3
35= Geoff Mayes 3
37= Jonathan Somen 2
37= Rehan Shah 2
37= Gurmit Thethy 2
37= Imran A Khan 2
37= Kimaru Boit 2
37= Jitendra Dhokia 2
37= Dinesh Sachania 2
37= Issa Amwari 2
37= Aakif Virani 2
37= Dilraj Chatthe 2
37= Dennis Mwenda 2
37= Ammar Haq 2

KNRC CHAMPIONSHIP CO-DRIVERS
1 Gurdeep Panesar 111
2 Greg Stead 65
3 Amaar Slatch 64
4 Tim Jessop 62
5 Gareth Dawe 61
6 Ravi Soni 58
7= Ketan Halai 25
7= Tauseef Khan 25
9= Keith Henrie 21
9= Andrew Doig 21
11 Harshil Limbani 20
12= Steven Cook 18
12= Ravi Chana 18
14 Adnan Din 17
15 Kavit Dave 16
16 Zahir Shah 14
17 Chantal Young 13
18= Raju Chaggar 12
18= Tony Kimondo 12
20 Anthony Njenga 10
21 Anthony Gichohi 9
22= Gavin Laurence 8
22= Tuta Mionki 8
24= Julius Mwanchuya 7
24= Kigondu Kareithi 7
24= Steve Mbuthia 7
24= Evans Mwenda 7
24= Jonathan Kosgei 7
29= Feisal Khan 5
29= Salim Khan 5
29= Riyaz Ismail 5
29= John Ngugi 5
33 Richard Hechle 4
34= Tony Gikuhi 3
34= Kashif Shaikh 3
34= Azhar Bhatti 3
34= Jamie Mactavish 3
38= Steven Nyorri 2
38= Atul Kochaar 2
38= George Kiama 2
38= Shakeel Khan 2
38= Taiti Wachira 2
38= Saima Khan 2
38= Edward Njoroge 2
38= Mwangi Waithaka 2
38= Rohit Bhudia 2
38= Victor Okundi 2
38= Job Njiru DNE2
38= James Mwangi 2
38= Mwangi Kioni 2

KENYA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
KNRC TWO WHEEL DRIVE CLASS (2WD) CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS
1 Eric Bengi 100
2 Alex Lairang’i 95
3 Leonardo Varese 68
4 Sammy Nyorri 63
5 Gurmit Thethy 15

KNRC TWO WHEEL DRIVE CLASS (2WD) CHAMPIONSHIP CO-DRIVERS
1 Anthony Gichohi 95
2 Tuta Mionki DNE 75
3 Kigondu Kareithi 68
4 Mwangi Waithaka 42
5 Tony Gikuhi 25
6 Steven Nyorri 21
7 Harshil Limbani 15
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Fastest Cars 2015-2016

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1. Hennessey Venom GT
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Hennessey Venom GT specification:
Speed cars 270 mph (435 km/h), 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, has a 7.0 liter LS7 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1244 hp, with a Hennessey Venom GT price tag of $1,000,000 and up.
2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport specification:
Speed cars 268 mph (431 km/h), 0-60 in 2.4 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle 8 Liter W16 Engine with 1200 hp, base Bugatti Veyron Super Sport price is $2,400,000.
3. Koenigsegg Agera R

Koenigsegg Agera R specification:
Speed cars 260 mph (418 km/h), 0-60 mph in 2.9 secs. 5.0-liter V8 Engine with twin turbo’s, housing 1099 hp. Base Koenigsegg Agera R price is $1,600,000.
4. SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC Ultimate Aero specification:
Speed cars 257 mph (413 km/h), 0-60 in 2.7 secs. Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp, base SSC Ultimate Aero price is $654,400.
5. 9ff GT9-R

9ff GT9-R specification:
Speed cars 257 mph (413 km/h), 0-60 in 2.9 secs. The 4.0 Liter flat-6 Twin-Turbo Engine with 1120 hp, comes with a base 9ff GT9-R price of $695,000.
6. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo specification:
Speed cars 248 mph (399 km/h), 0-60 in 2.8 secs. Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, base Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo price is $555,000.
7. Koenigsegg CCX

Koenigsegg CCX specification:
Speed cars 245 mph (394 km/h), 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp, base Koenigsegg CCX price is $545,568.
8. McLaren F1

McLaren F1 specification:
Speed cars 240 mph (386 km/h), 0-60 in 3.2 secs. BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp, base McLaren F1 price is $970,000.
9. Zenvo ST1

Zenvo ST1 specification:
Speed cars 233 mph (374 km/h), 0-60 in 2.9 secs. Twin-Charged 7.0 liter V8 Engine forging 1,104 hp. Base Zenvo ST1 price: $1,225,000.
10. Pagani Huayra

11. Gumpert Apollo

Gumpert Apollo specification:
Speed cars 225 mph (362 km/h), 0-60 in 3.0 secs, 4.2 liter V8 Engine that houses 650 hp. Base Gumpert Apollo price: $450,000.

KCB Eldoret Rally 2015 Pictorial

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TAPIO WINS KCB ELDORET RALLY
1. Tapio Laukkanen 1:37.32
2. Rajbir Rai 1:40.27
3. Jas Mangat 1:41.24
4. Quentin Mitchell 1:41.28
5. Jaspreet Chatthe 1:42.40
6. Carl Tundo 1:42.53
7. Manvir Baryan 1:42.59
8. Baldev Chager 1:46.21
9. Tejveer Rai 1:46.46
10. Raaji Bharij 1:48.42
11. Jansher Sandhu 1:51.36
12. Dennis Mwenda 1:52.05
13. Farhaaz Khan 1:52.20
14. Steve Gacheru 1:52.25
15. Asad Khan 1:55.32
16. Amaanraj Rai 1:55,52
17. Steve Mwangi 1:56.25
18. Jasmeet Chana 1:57.04
19. Don Smith 1:58.11
20. Eric Bengi 2;00.22
21. Mahesh Halai 2:01.15
22. James Kirimi 2:02.57
23. Rob Hellier 2:03.44
24. Tash Tundo 2:06.03
25. George Njoroge 2:06.12
26. Sammy Nyorri 2:07.16
27. Gurmit Thethy 2:09.06
28. Mitel Lodhia 2:09.46
29. Chandu Devji 2:11.07
30. Alex Lairang’I 2:11.09
31. Leo Varese 2;12.00
32. Raju Sagoo 2:12.50
33. Imran Kana 2;22.28
34. Nikhil Sachania 2:27.09
35. Navdeep Sandhu 2:35.41
36. Geoff Mayes 2;59.08
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