On the final day, the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rallyists raced towards Jaipur
in their vehicles from Bikaner covering a distance of approximately 330 Kms. The
route was full of challenges and twists and unexpected desert rain which made the
rally even more interesting for both, the rallyists and the spectators.
This year’s edition of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm kept the motorsports enthusiasts
in the country glued to the scoreboard for each leg of the rally. Top honors of
the rally went to Abhishek Mishra from Delhi and his navigator PVS Murthy driving
a Grand Vitara in the XTreme category with a timing of 14:32:28 Hrs. Harpreet Bawa
from Chandigarh and his navigator Ashwin Naik in their Vitara, grabbed the second
position by clocking 15:05:09 Hrs followed by the team of Niju Padia of Bhavnagar
and Shekhar V in their Pajero at 16:26:18 Hrs at the third position.
Speaking of his win Abhishek Mishra said,” I am super thrilled at this victory.
All the weeks hard work has been paid off. I am eagerly looking forward to next
year’s rally’. Speaking further he said, “it takes a lot of hard work, concentration
and following the basic principles of safe driving to complete the rally”.
In the NDure category, motorists traveled the same distance as XTreme teams
but in the Time Speed Distance format in the Leg 5 of the event. Jaipur greeted
its own boy Vishnu Singh and his navigator Adithya Anthony driving Vitara, as the
winners with a day end penalty of 0:25:42 Hrs. Somdeb Chanda and Neerav Mehta from
Kolkata at the third position in Gypsy at the day end penalty of 0:33:28 Hrs. Sharavik
Shah and Amit Kumar Saha in their Pajero bagged the third position with a day penalty
of 0:34:18 Hrs
In the Moto Quad category, CS Santosh showed his exemplary driving skills and passion
and grabbed the first prize by clocking 1:29:59 Hrs . Jes David of Jaipur was no
less than a winner, with a timing of 1:44:49 Hrs, he grabbed the second position.
Mohit Verma continued to push himself to finish third with a total time of 2:04:58
The winners were announced in a grand celebration, on the sixth and the final day
at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur. Mr. Manohar Bhatt, Vice President, Marketing, Maruti
Suzuki said, “The participants did really well and increased the bar for the next
rally. It indeed was a test of man and machine, which only few brave hearts were
able to finish and win.” He further added, “It’s great to see the passion, for motorsport,
which lies in their heart. Team Maruti Suzuki will always provide its motorists
the best of the opportunities and vehicles to face such extreme sports. We hope
to see all the daredevils to raise the bar higher. We will be back next year with
another exciting and adrenaline pumping edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm
RESULTS AFTER LEG 5:
- 1. Abhishek Mishra & PV Srinivas Murthy – 14:32:28 Hrs
- 2. Harpreet Bawa & Ashwin Naik – 15:05:09 Hrs
- 3. Niju Padia & Shekhar V – 16:26:18 Hrs
NDure Cars – End of Leg 5
- 1. Vishnu Singh & Adithya Anthony – 0:25:42 Hrs
- 2. Somdeb Chanda & Neerav Mehta – 0:33:28 Hrs
- 3. Shravik Shah & Amit Kr Saha - 0:34:18 Hrs
XPlore Cars- End of Leg 5
- 1. Kartil Maruti & Sankar Anand – 0:5:26 Hrs
- 2. Subham Midha & Abhinav Kalra – 0:4:46 Hrs
- 3. Anubhab De & Chandan Sen – 0:3:04 Hrs
- 1. CS Santhosh – 1:29:59 Hrs
- 2. Jes David – 1:44:49 Hrs
- 3. Mohit Verma – 2:4:58 Hrs
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About Desert Storm : The Thar Desert isn’t a place to drive; it’s
a place to fight. The Desert Storm takes its racers through the interiors of Rajasthan.
An uneasy alliance of the formidable Thar Desert, the rocky Aravalis, and the slippery
white sands of the Rann of Kutch, versus the racers who depend on their skills,
motor’s ability and luck to survive.
Maruti Suzuki & Motorsports : Maruti Suzuki has been actively promoting
motorsports in the country for over 15 years now. 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, 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.
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