Traversing 350kms of
Jaisalmer’s undulating and gruelling terrain in the scorching heat, the
participants reached the end of leg 3 of the 15th edition of Maruti Suzuki
Desert Storm. The rallyists completed 200km, the longest racing stretch ever in
the history of Indian motorsport and passed by the city’s golden Sam dunes and
majestic forts. The terrain comprising of the perfect mix of sand, rock and
tarmac challenged the participant’s abilities to manoeuvre over the changing
In the Xtreme category, Suresh
Rana with navigator, Ashwin Naik picked up momentum in their Maruti Suzuki
Grand Vitara after a minor setback on Day 2. Sandeep Sharma and navigator Karan
Arya driving the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy were seen following closely at the second
position, while Niju Padia and navigator Nirav Mehta stood third in their
In the Moto category, Dakar
rally champion, C. S Santosh retained his first position from the first two
days and was followed by R. Nataraj and Tanveer Abdul Wahid in the second and
third position respectively.
In the Ndure category,
participants drove in 4X4 vehicles to manage the given time, speed and distance
and avoid penalties. Arpit Gupta with T. Nagarajan grabbed the first position
followed by Debajyoti Nath with navigator, Arindam Ghosh who dropped to the
second place. Nikunj Toshniwala with Suvrajit Dutta retained his third position
In the Xplore A category, Ali
Ajgar with Mohammed Musthafa seized the winning title, followed by Karthick
Maruthi with Sankar Anand. Anupam Chandra and Adheesh Agrawal finished third in
the category. The top three winners were all part of Team Maruti Suzuki. The
participants were awarded with their respected trophies in a prize distribution
ceremony at Brys Fort Hotel in Jaisalmer.
Below is the total time of the top three participants at the end of Day
Xtreme category (Provisional):
Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik
(Driving Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara) – 06:37:29
Sandeep Sharma and Karan Arya
(Driving Maruti Suzuki Gypsy) – 06:42:47
Niju Padia and Nirav Mehta
(Driving Gypsy) – 06:44:34
Moto category (Provisional):
C. S. Santosh – 05:26:00
R Nataraj – 05:26:42
Tanveer Abdul Wahid – 05:46:36
Below are the total penalties of the top three participants at the end
of Day 3:
NDure category (Provisional):
Arpit Gupta and T Nagarajan-
Debajyoti Nath and Arindam
Nikunj Toshniwal and Suvrajit
Xplore category (Final):
Ali Ajgar and Mohammed
Musthafa (Driving Maruti Suzuki Swift) – 00:15:13
Karthick Maruthi and Sankar
Anand (Driving Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza) – 00:37:16
Anupam Chandra and Adheesh
Agrawal (Driving Maruti Suzuki Swift) – 01:23:11
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