The second leg of the 15th
edition of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm witnessed the participants overcoming
tough sandy terrains in the blazing heat through 3 stages. The rallyists
covered a total distance of around 500km from Bikaner traversing through
Noorsar, Kelan, Rajasar, Motigarh and Nokhra to finally reach the Golden city
In the Xtreme category,
defending champions Sanjay Agarwal with navigator, Shivaprakash seized the first
position closely followed by Harpreet Bawa and his navigator Virendra Kashyap
from Team Maruti Suzuki in the second position. Suresh Rana along with his
navigator Ashwin Rana from Team Maruti Suzuki, who led on Day 1, was seen
zooming towards the finish line to complete the stage by coming third in his
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.
In the Moto category, C. S
Santosh retained his first position followed by R Nataraj and Sanjaykumar in
the second and third position respectively.
In the Ndure category, Debajyoti
Nath and Arindam Ghosh retained their lead with the least amount of penalties
followed by Arpit Gupta and T Nagarajan. Nikunj Toshniwal along with navigator
Suvrajit Dutta dropped to the third spot in the second leg.
In the Xplore category,
Karthick Maruthi and Sankar Anand finished first followed by Rajesh Chalana and
co driver Satish Gopal Krishnan, Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen retained their
third position in this leg as well.
Below is the total time of the
top three participants at the end of Day 2 (Provisional):
Sanjay Agarwal and
Shivaprakash – 03:10:15 with a total penalty of 01:15:38
Harpreet Bawa and Virendra
Kashyap – 03:15:07 with a total penalty of 01:17:03
Suresh Rana and Ashwin Rana –
03:21:14 with a total penalty of 01:11:42
C. S. Santosh – 02:37:36 with
a total penalty of 00:41:29
R Nataraj – 02:48:54 with a
total penalty of 00:44:35
Sanjay Kumar – 02:53:44 with a
total penalty of 00:49:05
Below are the total penalties
of the top three participants at the end of Day 2:
Debajyoti Nath and Arindam
Arpit Gupta and T Nagarajan-
Nikunj Toshniwal and Suvrajit
Karthick Maruthi and Sankar
Anand (From Team Maruti Suzuki) - - 00:00:38
Rajesh Chalana and Satish
Gopalkrishnan (From Team Maruti Suzuki) - -00:00:40
Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen
(From Team Maruti Suzuki) - 00:00:42
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