Day 2 of the Maruti Suzuki
Desert Storm 2016 saw vehicles rallying into the city of Bikaner. Located in
the heart of the Thar Desert, Bikaner is surrounded by golden sand dunes,
majestic forts, stunning palaces, traditional havelis and spiritual temples.
The leg 2 of the Desert Storm was one of the longest routes covering a total
distance of approx. 160 kms, starting from Badrasar.
Leg 2 of Extreme category had
one competitive stage of approx. 156 Kms of length between Bhadrasar and Dhaia.
Abhishek Mishra from Jaipur and his navigator PV Srinivas Murthi continued to
reign supreme as they contine to lead the category by clocking 04:34:32 Hrs.
Manali man Suresh Rana and his navigator Ashwin Naik in their Grand Vitara,
continue to trail at the second position by clocking in 04:50:18 Hrs, trying hard for the first place.
Amanpreet Ahluwalia and Virender Kashyap are at the third position by clocking
05:05:00 Hrs in their Maruti Gypsy.
The rocky plateau and a tough
desert terrain are taking a toll on the vehicles and an army of service team is
working at a war speed to keep the machines at their prime performance.
Talking about holding the
first position at the end of day 2, Abhishek Mishra said, “We are so pleased to
maintain our position on day 2 as well. All the sweat and turmoil has been
worth it, but there are miles to go before we even begin to slowly inch towards
victory. We are satisfied with the margin between us and the second position.
Every day is tricky, with its own unique challenges and we will take them as
they come. Fingers crossed.”
In the XTreme bike category,
rallyist C.S Santosh continues to lead at 04:14:00 Hrs followed by Aravind KP
at 04:36:00 Hrs who moved a rank higher after beating Jess David by a margin of
In the NDure category,
motorists travelled the same distance as XTreme teams but in the Time Speed
Distance format in the Leg 2 of the event. Holding the lead is SK Ajgar Ali and
his navigator MK Mohammed Musthafa with a day end penalty of 00:01:03 Hrs.
Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen with day end penalty of 00:04:24 Hrs has now moved
to second position, while Vishnu Singh and Adithya Anthony made it to the top
three with a day end penalty of 00:06:02 Hrs .
In the Xplore category, Sachin
Singh with M Prakash continued to hold the first place on day 1, followed by
Karthick Maruthi and S.Shankar Anand, while Pratap and his navigator T
Nagarajan were at the third position.
The rally tomorrow will see
participants travel to Jaisalmer and is expected to get even tougher amidst the
shifting sand dunes.
RESULTS AFTER LEG 2:
XTreme Cars -
1. Abhishek Mishra & PV Srinivas Murthi - 04:34:32 Hrs
2. Suresh Rana & Ashwin Naik - 04:50:18 Hrs
3. Manpreet Ahluwalia & Virender Kashyap - 05:05:00 Hrs
Moto Quad - End of Leg 2
1. C.S Santosh -
2. Aravind KP -
3. Jess David – 04:38:00 Hrs
NDure Cars – End of Leg 2
1. SK Ajgar Ali & MK Mohammed Musthafa - 00:01:03 Hrs
2. Jagmeet Gill & Chandan Sen - 00:04:24 Hrs
3. Vishnu Singh & Adithya Anthony 0:06;02 Hrs
Xplore Cars – End of Leg 2
1. Sachin Singh & M Prakash – 00:03:00
2. Karthick Maruthi & S.Shankar Anand – 00:03:31
3. Pratap & T Nagarajan – 00:04:11
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