The 6th and final round of the
Maruti Suzuki National Super League Championship concluded with the much
awaited ‘Rally of Himachal’ in Shimla. Braving the biting cold and steep
winding roads covered with snow, Karthick Maruthi driving a Vitara Brezza won
the Maruti Suzuki National Super League Championship 2016.
Sachin Singh also driving a
Vitara Brezza and Jagmeet Gill driving a Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, won the second
and third place respectively. M.Musthafa was declared as the best navigator of
The Maruti Suzuki National
Super League Championship, introduced to encourage rallying among the amateur
motorsports enthusiasts, consisted of 6 TSD format rallies. The TSD rallies
gave the rallyists a chance to chase their passion in one of the most epic
rallying experiences, running across length and breadth of the country. Spread
across the year, Maruti rally began from lush hills of Uttarakhand, revving its
way to Goa in the Deccan Rally, creating ripples of enthusiasm in the most
scenic Backwaters Rally, exploring some of the most pristine and unexplored
landscapes in Mughal Rally, making its way to the land of rising Sun in the Rally
of Arunachal and finally bringing the rally home in the silver snow covered
mountains of Shimla in Rally of Himachal.
Vinay Pant, AVP Marketing,
Maruti Suzuki said, “Maruti Suzuki has always pioneered in the field of
Motorsports through the most sought after rallies in the country with Raid de
Himalaya, Desert Storm and Dakshin Dare. But we realized that there is a vast
untapped potential to expand the motorsports culture in India through TSD
rallies as it gave the amateur rallying enthusiasts an opportunity to
participate and hone their skills. TSD rallies are the safest form of rallying
and does not require any modification or customisation in the cars. As a result
we saw constant increase in participation. It’s especially encouraging to see
more and more women participate in each rally. My heartiest congratulations to
Karthick Maruthi as he takes the Vitara Brezza home.”
Extremely excited after
winning the Maruti Suzuki National Super League Championship 2016 and also
winning a Vitara Brezza, Karthick Maruthi said, “It has been an exciting year
of rallying and sure I was putting my best efforts to win the championship. The
win would not have been possible without the perfect combination of the driver,
navigator and the car. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to come back for
the next rally.”
The Maruti Suzuki National
Super League Championship 2016 is open to all four-wheeler makers. There is no
need for any customisation in cars to participate in the championship. The Rally follows Time-Speed-Distance (TSD)
format which is a highly recommended rallying format that tests the skills of
driver and the navigator.
Maruti Suzuki National Super League Championship 2016 calendar -
1. Uttarakhand Rally –
2. Deccan Rally – Pune – Goa
3. Backwaters Rally – Ooty –
4. Mughal Rally – Jammu
5. Rally of Arunachal –
6. Rally of Himachal –
Panchkula - Shimla
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