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201418 Jul


With the objective of strengthening women participation in motorsports, home grown auto manufacturer Maruti Suzuki organised an all women car rally in Pune last weekend. The car rally was held in the TSD (time, speed, distance) format and covered a rally route of 120-kilometre in and around Pune city.


This car rally was flagged off from Hotel Four Points and saw participation of over 82 Maruti Suzuki cars all driven by women, competing in the one day event. The participants were given a road book, which had the instructions regarding directions, distance and time. The navigator had to keep calculating the time based on speed and distance figures given in the road book and accordingly guide the driver about the speeds at which the car is to be driven. The task was to navigate the route correctly while strictly keeping to the prescribed time. Hidden check points added to the thrill and excitement.


Driving her Maruti Suzuki Ritz, Archana Khinvasara the overall winner (with navigator Vivek Khinvasara), said, “I am very excited at this win! The track was beautifully planned out and I absolutely loved the whole experience. I was scared in a few instances but my navigator’s directions were excellent. I am overjoyed at this achievement and the next halt for me is the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare with my Ritz!”




The first overall runner-up Priya Joshi (with navigator Vrushal Joshi), driving her Maruti Suzuki WagonR said, “It was an awesome track and the rally was very well organized; My WagonR stood by me all through the tough rally route. I was a very challenging and thrilling experience for us. This win makes us even fonder of our Wagon R!”


The second runner-up in the Expert Women Category, Jaspreet Chandhok (with navigator Purshottam Killa), driving her Maruti Suzuki Ritz said, “Initially I was a little nervous, but once the rally started I realized that it was actually one of the most fun-filled event! It was like a puzzle to manage the time and speed simultaneously.”


Manohar Bhat, Vice President, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki said, “Maruti Suzuki has been associated with motorsports for over 2 decades. Each year, we have seen increasing interest from women motorsports enthusiasts. The women car rally is a good opportunity for women motorsport enthusiasts to gauge their preparedness for some bigger rallies – like Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm and Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare. Besides, rallying teaches road discipline and helps us promote road safety. The driving skills like enhanced braking, skid correction, tackling multiple terrains etc which participants pick up during motorsport events like this rally, have an immediate impact on improving the safety during real time driving.”


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