The 15th Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya culminated in Leh after travelling over 1800 kilometres over 6 days which included the highest motorable passes and inhospitable sub-zero temperatures. At the end 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 hours over 6 days. Sanjay Agarwal/Shiv Prakash driving a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy finished as first runner up with cumulative timing of 10.10.35 hours while Harpreet Bawa/Parminder Thakur were second runner up having clocked 10.11.23 hours.
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 hours. Subir Roy/Md. Mustafa was first runner up with a penalty of 0.03.53 hours, while Kaushal Patel/Gaurav Patel were ranked overall third with cumulative penalty of 0.04.01 hours.
Helmut Frauwallner from Austria was crowned champion in the X-Treme 2W category with a cumulative timing of 9.09.54 hours. This also makes him the overall X-Treme category winner of 15th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya. Stephan Rausch from Germany clocked 10.08.05 hours and finished as first runner up and Bangalore based R Nataraj was second runner up with a cumulative timing of 11.05.10 hours.
The winners were felicitated by Manohar Bhat, Vice President (Marketing), Maruti Suzuki in the presence of Manjeev Bhalla and Vijay Parmar from Himalayan Motorsport Association, the organisers of the rally.
The 15th Edition of Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya saw 75 cars, bikes and scooters entering the X-Treme category, out of which 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 2013 Raid de Himalaya, 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.”
The 2013 Raid-de-Himalaya also 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. Sheetal Bidaye of Mumbai became the first ever Indian woman to compete in Raid X-Treme while 20 year old Kalyani Potekar of Pune was the youngest woman biker who braved the Himalayas in the Raid X-Treme (Alpine) 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. En-route, the Raid traversed through two of the highest motorable passes Wari La (5250 metres) and Khardung La (5602 metres) and highest human settlements in the world at Komik (4587 metres). Other exciting places the Raid-de-Himalaya passed through included Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La (4551 metres), Losar (4079 metres), Kaza (3650 metres), Dhankar (3894 metres), Darcha (3360 metres), Keylong (3440 metres), Pang (4600 metres), Tanglang La, Rumtse (4300 metres) to conclude at Leh (3524 metres).
Final Results (Winners):
X-Treme (4X4) – Suresh Rana/Ashwin Naik
X-Treme (Moto and Quads) – Helmut Frauwallner
Adventure Trial – Jagmeet Gill/Chandan Sen
X-Treme (Alpine) – Sajan Preet Singh
Scooters – Kunal Rao
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The journey of 2,200 kilometres traversing through scenic, undulating terrains of South India at the 8th edition of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare concluded in a grand finale in Goa on Saturday. Suresh Rana and co-driver Parminder Thakur driving their Grand Vitara won the Ultimate Cars category and Ganesh Moorthy and T Nagarajan emerged victorious in the Endurance Cars category. T Natraj had a big-win in the Ultimate Bikes category covering the distance in his TVS Apache.
Traversing through muddy patches of Bengaluru and Coorg since its flag-off on Sunday, Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare has reached Shimoga the cultural capital of Karnataka. The cut throat competition between 190 rally loving motor enthusiasts on Day 2 concluded with the participants covering a total distance of 383 kilometres with 3 stages spread across 63 kilometres.
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