Karthick Maruthi and his
co-driver S Sankar Anand, in their Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza zoomed past
their rivals to reach the finishing line as they took first place in the Deccan
Rally, the second round of the National Super League TSD Rally Championship
2016 that concluded in Goa on May 16, 2016. The rally saw Sachin Singh and
Prakash M in second spot in their Maruti Suzuki Swift followed by Ajgar Ali and
M Musthafa who came in third driving their S-Cross.
Among the women participants,
Sheena Sabharwal along with her navigator, Pratibha Anand was awarded the best
performing women’s team. The winners were felicitated with the coveted trophies
by Amit Kamat, Maruti Suzuki Regional Manager (West) at Deccan Rally prize
distribution ceremony in Goa. The final winner of the rally will be awarded
with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza at the end of the six rally series.
The 35 participating teams
covered a total distance of around 750 kms in the Time Speed and Distance (TSD)
format as they criss-crossed through the scenic routes of Pune, Ratnagiri and
Goa. The rally witnessed participation of a total of 11 women participants out
of which 5 teams were all women teams.
Commenting at the occasion,
Vinay Pant, General Manager, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “It’s
been an action packed couple of days. We have seen some great talent come to
the fore and it’s been extremely overwhelming to be spearheading this journey.
We are pleased to see the response especially from the youngsters which
encourages us to promote motorsport here in the western region. We take great
care to ensure everything is in place in our rallies and I would like to offer
our heartfelt congratulations to the winners and it’s time to look forward to
the third round of the rally shortly.”
Expressing delight on winning
the title, Karthick Maruthi said, “We feel on top of the world after winning
the Deccan Rally. This is a crucial link in addition to the victory of the
first round at Uttarakhand of the overall six stage rally and we are glad to
have surpassed it successfully. Each round is a decider and mounts up to the
final championship. We are game for rest of the challenge as well!”
The event which is open only
for the 4 wheeler category is further split into four groups: Non-Championship
– Expert, Non-Championship – Amateur, Denizen – Expert, and Denizen – Amateur.
It follows the Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) format to challenge the skills of both
the driver and navigator to the maximum. This is a safe moderate level of
motorsport that ensures to retain the adventure of competitive motorsport
especially for amateurs.
The National Super League TSD
Rally Championship is yet another feather in the cap for Maruti Suzuki
motorsports in India. It is a combination of six different rallies namely
Uttarakhand Rally, Deccan Rally, Backwaters Rally, Mughal Rally, Gujarat Rally
and Arunachal Rally.
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