Distance covered by P in 8 sec = 4 * 8 = 32 m
Distance covered by P in 16 sec = 32 + 5 *8 = 72 m
Distance covered by P in 24 sec = 72 + 6 * 8 = 120 m
Distance covered by P in 32 sec = 120 + 7 * 8 = 176 m
Distance covered by P in 40 sec = 176 + 8 * 8 = 240 m
Distance covered by P in 48 sec = 240 + 9 * 8 = 312 m
Total distance in 48 sec = 312m
To cover balance 86 m with speed = 10 m/sec, time taken = 86/10 = 8.6 sec
So P would finish 400 m in 48 + 8.6 = 56.6 seconds.
In 56.6 seconds, Q cycles 56.6 * 6.5 = 367.9 m or B should have a 32.1 m lead to result in a dead heat.
Correct Answer: 32.1 meters