Narsee Monjee, Vile Parle
in Mumbai witnessed the national finals
of the inaugural edition of Red Bull Desert Wings University Challenge, a
thrilling competition for students who are motorsport enthusiasts. At this
highly competitive, remote controlled, ‘mini Dakar’ race with 8 finalists, Rohith
Mahalikudi set the fastest time – 7.518 secs- on a specially created track.
Taking place for the first
time ever in India, Red Bull Desert Wings University Challenge had five
qualifiers in Patiala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. Winners from
each qualifier competed in the finals at Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai on November 30, 2017.
The winner Rohit Mahalikudi
has earned an all-expenses paid trip to Peru to compete in the World Finals at
the University of Le Havre on 16th January 2018. The national winner will also
get the opportunity to witness the toughest rally raid the Dakar Rally in Lima,
Peru. Any university student above 18 years of age and holding a valid passport
is eligible to participate.
After winning the Red Bull
Desert Wings Rohit said, “I never expected such a big opportunity to come my
way. Two days ago I did not imagine I’d be taking part in such an event. Red
Bull changed all of that, they came to my college and I took part. I’m very
surprised and pleasantly shocked that I’m going to Peru, I’m sure it’s going to
be an amazing experience.”
Date: 12th November 2017
Venue: Thapar University, COS
Winner: Sarthak Gupta -
Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College popularly known as S.D. College, Chandigarh
– 14.3 seconds
Number of Participants: 81
took part (147 registrations).
Date: 18th November 2017
Venue: Birla Institute of
Technology & Science, basketball court, Pilani, Hyderabad
Winner - Ashutosh Andhari –
BITS Pilani - 16.183 seconds
Number of Participants: 84
took part (148 registrations)
Date: 24th November 2017
Venue: Amity University,
Atrium Area, Kolkata
Male winner: Piyush Jindal –
Amity University, Kolkata – 10.506 seconds
Woman winner (wildcard entry):
Vidhi Singrodia – Amity University - 14.083 seconds
Number of participants: 84
took part (106 registrations)
Date: 28th November 2017
Venue: Ramaiah Institute of
Technology, MSR Nagar, New BEL Road, Bangalore
Winner: Rohith Mahalikudi – M.S. Ramaiah Institute of
Technology – 10.076secs
Number of Participants: 64
Date: 30th November 2017
Venue: Narsee Monjee College,
Vile Parle, Mumbai
Wild Card entry winner -
Desert Wings challenge conducted at IGX is – Manan Nagda
Winner: Ayush Gurnani - Narsee
Monjee College, Vile Parle- 10.042 secs
Number of participants: 84
Winner: Rohith Mahalikudi -
M.S. Ramaiah Institute Of Technology – 7.518 secs
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