The 4th leg of the 15th
edition of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm culminated with Suresh Rana and Ashwin
Naik retaining their lead from the previous day as they raced past their
The rallyists completed a
total distance of around 300km along the city’s golden Sam dunes crossing
Turkon ki Basti, Siambar and Mangaliyawas.
In the Xtreme category, Suresh
Rana with navigator, Ashwin Naik sustained their lead in their Maruti Suzuki
Grand Vitara. Niju Padia and navigator Nirav Mehta grabbed the second position
in their Pajero while Sandeep Sharma and navigator Karan Arya driving the
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy dropped to the third place due to a minor setback.
In the Moto category,
champion, C. S Santosh who has been leading the rally in the category yet again
continued to do so. He was followed by R. Nataraj and Tanveer Abdul Wahid in
the second and third position respectively.
In the Ndure category,
participants were seen balancing the given time, speed and distance to avoid
penalties. Nikunj Toshniwala with
Suvrajit Dutta stepped up to the first position while Arpit Gupta with T.
Nagarajan dropped to the second position followed by Suresh Kumar Dudi and
The Xplore B category which
commenced on February 3, 2017 witnessed Karthick Maruthi with Sankar Anand led
the rally followed by Rajesh Chalana and Satish Gopalkrishnan. Ali Ajgar with
Mohammed Musthafa came third in the category.
Among the women participants,
Bani Yadav who was at position 9 on the previous day, was seen fighting hard to
get past her competitors in her Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.
The participants are currently
competing across a total distance of around 500kms in the night leg which began
late in the night on Feb 2, concluding in Jodhpur where the prize distribution
ceremony is expected to take place.
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) – 09:21:41
Niju Padia and Nirav Mehta
(Driving Pajero) – 09:33:19
Sandeep Sharma and Karan Arya
(Driving Maruti Suzuki Gypsy) – 09:46:56
Moto category (Provisional):
C. S. Santosh – 07:20:57
R Nataraj – 07:30:08
Tanveer Abdul Wahid – 07:46:10
Below are the total penalties of the top three participants at the end
of Day 4 (Provisional):
NDure category (Provisional):
Nikunj Toshniwal and Suvrajit
Dutta – 00:34:16
Arpit Gupta and T Nagarajan –
Suresh Kumar Dudi and Rajith
Purusuthman – 02:06:08
Xplore category (Provisional):
Karthick Maruthi and Sankar
Anand (Driving Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza) – 00:00:31
Rajesh Chalana and Satish
Gopalkrishnan – 00:02:35
Ali Ajgar and Mohammed
Musthafa (Driving Maruti Suzuki Swift) – 00:09:21
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