- Jagmeet Gill/Chandan Sen of Team Maruti crowned champions in Adventure Trial 4W
category and Helmut Frauwallner of Austria wins X-Treme 2W class
- Sajan Preet Singh wins the X-Treme Alpine while Kunal Rao bags the maiden trophy
of newly introduced Scooters category
The 15th Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya, the most exciting motorsport event in India,
culminated in Leh after travelling over 1800 kms over 6 days which included the
highest motorable passes and inhospitable sub zero temperatures.
Suresh Rana/Ashwin Naik driving a Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara were crowned champions
in the X-Treme 4W category. Rana has won this coveted trophy for a ninth time, and
second time with Ashwin Naik as co-driver. He had an overall timing of 9.46.23 Hrs
over 6 days. Sanjay Agarwal/Shiv Prakash driving a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy finished
as first runner up with cumulative timing of 10.10.35 Hrs while Harpreet Bawa/Parminder
Thakur were second runner up having clocked 10.11.23 Hrs.
Jagmeet Gill/Chandan Sen of Team Maruti driving a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy lifted the
trophy in the Adventure Trial 4W category with an overall penalty of 0.03.46
Hrs. Subir Roy/Md. Mustafa was first runner up with a penalty of 0.03.53
Hrs. while Kaushal Patel/Gaurav Patel were ranked overall third with cumulative
penalty of 0.04.01. Hrs.
Helmut Frauwallner from Austria was crowned champion in the X-Treme
2W category with a cumulative timing of 9.09.54 Hrs. This also makes him the overall
X-Treme category of 15th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya. Stephan Rausch from
Germany clocked 10.08.05 Hrs and finished as first runner up and Bangalore
based R Nataraj was second runner up with an cumulative timing
of 11.05.10 Hrs.
The winners were felicitated by Mr. Manohar Bhat, Vice President (Marketing), Maruti
Suzuki in the presence of Mr. Manjeev Bhalla and Mr. Vijay Parmar from Himalayan
Motorsport Association, the organizers of the rally.
In the 15th Edition of Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, out of the 75 cars, bikes
and scooters that had entered the X-Treme category, 29 finished the rally –
inclusive of all 5 participants in the newly created Scooters category. In the Adventure
Trial category, out of the 62 cars that had been flagged off, a remarkable 41 made
it through the final leg of the rally.
Congratulating the winners of the 15th Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya, Mr. Manohar
Bhat, Vice President (Marketing), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said,
“The participation this year is the highest ever and it has been increasing
with every edition. As the leading automobile company which brought this internationally
acclaimed platform for motorsport, this is very encouraging. Another notable thing
is that profile of participants is also changing every year. Today Maruti Suzuki
Raid-de-Himalaya is favourite amongst not just the young and old but young at heart,
professionals or simply anyone who loves motorsport.”
This year there Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya saw a huge contingent of women participants.
Many of the notable first were an all women team Himachal Police comprising Constable
Munish Mehta and Constable Richa Sharma, another all-women pair from Indian Army
constituted by Maj Smitha of ASC and Capt Madhavi Singh of EME. Ms Sheetal Bidaye
of Mumbai became the first ever Indian woman to compete in Raid X-Treme while 20
yr old Kalyani Potekar of Pune was the youngest woman biker who braved the Himalayas
in the Raid X-Treme (Alpine) category. Husband-Wife pair to watch out were favourites
Satish Gopalkrishnan-Savera D’souza and another to watch were Ashish Mehrotra-Neeta
Mehrotra in the Adventure Trial category. The youngest participant was aged just
18 years while the eldest one was 57 year old. Coincidentally, the overall winner
of 15th Raid-de-Himalaya cum winner of the overall Moto & Quad Category Helmut
Frauwallner turned 55 years old today.
The rally this year saw the X-Treme and Adventure Trial categories compete on two
different routes. The rally travelled through the highest altitudes in the world.
Enroute, the Raid traversed through two of the highest motorable passes
Wari La (5250 mts) and Khardung La (5602 mts) and highest human settlements
in the world at Komik (4587 mts). Other exciting places the Rai-de-Himalaya
passed through included Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La (4551 mts), Losar
(4079 mts), Kaza (3650 mts), Dhankar (3894 m), Darcha (3360 m), Keylong (3440
m), Pang (4600 m), Tanglang La, Rumtse (4300 m) to conclude at Leh (3524 m).
X-Treme (4X4) – Suresh Rana/Ashwin Naik: 9.46.23 Hrs, Sanjay
Agarwal/Shiva Prakash E 10.10.35, Harpreet Bawa/Praminder Thakur: 10.11.23 Hrs
X-Treme (Moto and Quads) – Helmut Frauwallner: 9.09.54 Hrs,
Stephan Rausch: 10.08.05 Hrs, R Nataraj: 11.05.10 Hrs.
Adventure Trial – Jagmeet Gill/Chandan Sen: 0.03.46 Hrs,
Subir Roy/Md. Mustafa: 0.03.53 Hrs, Kaushal Patel/Gaurav Patel: 0.04.01 Hrs.
X-Treme (Alpine) – Sajan Preet Singh, Baljeet Singh, Chirag
Scooters – Kunal Rao, Amit Belgaonkar
About Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya
Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalayas is one of the two Indian motorsport events listed
on the off-road rallies calendar of FIA (Federation Internationale Automobile and
FIM (Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme) Geneva, Switzerland. Only 12 international
motoring events world-wide are listed in this calendar.
Maruti Suzuki & Motorsports
As an automobile leader, Maruti Suzuki has been promoting motor sports since its
inception in the 1980s. To popularize action sport, the Maruti Suzuki motorsport
calendar is packed with exciting motoring events. Be it for a motorsport enthusiast,
an amateur or a professional and irrespective of gender, there are events that offer
the thrill and joy of motorsport to one and all. The annual calendar of events includes
Autocross, Treasure Hunt and professional rallies including Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya,
Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm and Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare. These events provide
rallying thrills as well as promote safe driving habits.