The arid desert of Jaisalmer
is proving to be relentless, with the participants battling it out in a
cut-throat competition. The stages covering the majestic dunes of Asu Tar and
Turkon ki Basti brought a whole new rejig in the top positions of the rally.
Commenting on this, Dharamapal
Jangra from Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport said, “Driving in the dunes has
always been challenging, and today in particular, the stages turned out to be
an extreme test of the machines. My Brezza withheld the extreme temperatures and
rugged terrain and played a vital role in my elevation to the 3rd position.
Making way out of the Sam dunes has been an achievement in itself, and what
better than finding one of the top spots. We only foresee more thrill and unpredictability
with the upcoming night stage set for today.”
In the Moto category, Aaron
Mare took the lead, clocking in at 05:29:39, followed by C.S Santosh at
05:36:43. At the third position, Santolino Lorenzo completed the distance in
The rally has taken an
interesting turn in the Leg 3 of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm with CS Santosh
retiring from the rally after crashing in a few kilometers before the stage
finish. Defending champion and Indian motorsports legend Suresh Rana from Team
Maruti Suzuki Motorsport also retired from the rally after his Grand Vitara
suffered a technical issue after the first fuel stop.
1. Aabhishek Mishra and V Venu Rameshkumar (06 :55 :38)
2. Raj Singh Rathore and Sagar Mallappa (07:21:55)
3. Dharampal Jangra and Harikrishnan (07:31:58)
1. Nipun Agrawal and Kabir Mansharamani (00 :02 :24)
2. Surendra Gopu and Hardeep Singh (00 :04 :56)
3. Vishal Jain and Rajeev Katula (00 :07 :09)
1. Gurpinder Singh and Mrinmoy Saha (00:05:01)
2. Vivek Vikram Singh and Sabatullah Khan (00:06:41)
3. Ashish Budhia and Arindam Ghosh (00:11:01)
1. Aaron Mare (05:29:39)
2. C.S Santosh (05:36:43)
3. Santolino Lorenzo (05:42:49)
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