Overnight leaders Asgar Ali
and his navigator Muhammad Mustafa held on to their lead after the second leg
of the Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive in Bhutan on February 27, 2017. Leg
two saw the rallyists cover a total distance of over 105 kilometres through the
mountainous terrains of Bhutan to reach the majestic Dochula pass which is
situated at the altitude of 3100 metres above sea level.
Trailing them are Subir Roy
and his navigator Nirav Mehta in second position followed by Deep Dutta and
Prakash Muthuswamy in the third position. The stretch that flagged off from
Paro had the rallyists drive through the Paro marketplace followed by the
semi-dirt track beside the Kichu river before hitting the highway for a couple
of kilometers. The drivers then took another dirt track to climb a steep hill
and cross through a village before climbing down, hitting the highway once
again and climbing the opposite hill, winding through dirt tracks and getting
down to the road beside the river. One of the highlights of the day was the
participation of six teams from Bhutan as this is the first time in the history
of Himalayan Drive that local motorsports enthusiasts from Bhutan participated
in the rally, albeit one leg of it.
Dawa Gyaltsen and Sonam Penzor
were the winners of the local leg (Bhutan teams), followed by Sonam Tshering
and Gyembo Tshering in the second position and Tshewang Gembeo and Choki Dorjee
in the third.
LEG 1 RESULT:
1. Asgar Ali and Mohammed
Mustafa are leading with 50 penalty points
2. Subir Roy and Nirav Mehta
with 84 penalty points
3. Deep Dutta and Prakash
Muthuswamy with 90 penalty points
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