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Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm’s Day 1, Abhishek Mishra leads with Grand Vitara

Snapshot: Abhishek Mishra from Jaipur and his navigator PV Srinivas Murthi are leading in the Extreme Car category by clocking 1:17:27 Hrs.

Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally has started already and the first day of the this rally was climaxed with full of ardour for some while was a desire to do much better for others. Leg 1 & 2 of the extreme category had two competitive stages of 57 Kms and 24 Kms length around Hanumangarh district. Where the drivers of the Extreme Car category covered a total distance of approx. 330 km, in which Abhishek Mishra from Jaipur and his navigator PV Srinivas Murthi are leading in the category by clocking 1:17:27 Hrs.

Talking about holding the first position at the end of Day 1, Abhishek Mishra said, “The heat in desert could sometimes be unforgiving. The only way to survive a motorsport as difficult as this is by becoming one with the machine. You have to know your vehicle like the back of your hand. It’s the true Darwinian philosophy of ‘Survival of the fittest’.”

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While the Nine-time Raid de Himalaya winner, Suresh Rana with his navigator Ashwin Naik in their Grand Vitara are on the second position by ticking a time of 1:22:38 Hrs and Amanpreet Ahluwalia and Virender Kashyapare at the third position by clocking 1:26:35 Hrs in their Maruti Gypsy.

The NDure category was in the Time Speed Distance format in the Leg 1 & 2 of the event, travelling the same distance as XTreme teams. In this category, SK Ajgar Ali and his navigator MK Mohammed Musthafa hold the first position with with a day end penalty of 00:00:05 Hrs, Suresh Kumar and his navigator Mendiratta V. Sekar with a day end penalty of 00:00:12 Hrs followed by Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen with day end penalty of 00:00:13 Hrs.

On Day 1, Explore category was topped by Sachin Singh with M Prakash held the first place on day 1, followed by Pratap and T. Nagarajan at the second and third position by Rajesh Chalana with Arindam Ghosh.

And tomorrow, the rally will leave for Bikaner where the participants will compete around Badrasar and Bhandarwala villages.  Stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated about this zestful motorsport event by Maruti Suzuki.

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