Rana and Ashwin Naik have emerged winners of the 15th Maruti Suzuki Desert
Storm that concluded on February 4, 2017
in The Blue city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Driving in their Maruti Suzuki Grand
Vitara, the duo clocked a time of 11:50:44, aggressively defeating the
competitors in the XTreme category.
The last leg of the rally
which was the night leg this year covered a total distance of around 150km
challenging the participants as they traversed through the sandy dunes in the
chilly temperatures of the night. On the last day, the participants covered a
total distance of around 500km travelling from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur.
In the NDurance category,
Nikunj Toshniwal and co-driver Suvrajit Dutta won the title, while Karthick
Maruthi and S. Sankar Anand took home the trophy in the XPlore Cars category
driving the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. R.Natraj on his TVS was crowned the
winner in the Moto category.
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Desert
Storm involved close to 2000 kms of racing in the testing conditions around the
Thar Desert. Spread across 6 days, the rally was flagged off from Noida and
crossed Hanumangarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer concluding in Jodhpur.
Company: For TVS Racing Team it was a
fine victory in the Desert Storm 2017 with wins in both Group A and B. While R
Nataraj won Desert Storm 2017 in Group A above 250cc up to 500cc, Tanveer stood
2nd in the same category, Rajendra RE won Desert Storm in Group B above 125cc
up to 250cc
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