Earlier, we informed you that the Maruti Suzuki has delayed the launch of Ignis to 2017, but that doesn’t mean that the company has taken a step back, while the brand has flagged off the 8th edition of the Dakshin Dare Rally, the annual Southern motorsport rally from Orion Mall, Bengaluru. This year’s rally will be traversing through a new scenic yet challenging route of Coorg, Murdeshwar and Shimoga that will conclude in Goa on August 6, 2016.
Around 110 teams comprising of 190 motorsport enthusiasts will cover approximately 2200 kms in a span of 6 days. The rally will also witness participation of 16 women to compete for the coveted title. The rally comprises of three categories – Endurance, Ultimate Car and Ultimate Bike.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ram Suresh Akella, Vice President, Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said, “Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare was conceptualised to enhance the thrill of off-road rallying experience for motorsport enthusiasts in South India. The twists and turns in this area make it even more exciting for the participants especially with the slippery monsoon terrain. Pioneered in 2009, the rally aims to challenge motorsport enthusiasts to achieve greater milestones in their motorsport journey. The increasing participation each year encourages us to strengthen such motorsport events.”
Strengthening the culture of motorsport, safety of all the participants undergo a strict scrutiny check one day prior to the flag off will be ensured. Suresh Rana, nine times winner of Raid-de-Himalaya and three times winner of Desert Storm competing against Sandeep Sharma, the defending champions in the Extreme category. While in the endurance car category, Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen will defend their tittles against competition duo of Karthik Maruti and Sankar Anand, followed by Bani Yadav, known for her past winning titles at Raid-de-Himalaya, Desert Storm and Autocross will also be seen participating in this year’s event.