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Maruti Suzuki flags off 14th Desert Storm Rally

Snapshot: Newly launched Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza makes its debut in the Desert Storm rally.

Country’s leading car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki flagged off the 14th edition of its popular and most exciting Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally from the Great India Place Mall, Noida. The ralliyist will cover a total of 2000 kms steering through the sand dunes and rocky-rough terrains of Hanumanagarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jaipur in Rajasthan. The flag off actually witnessed over 200 rally-headed enthusiasts, which is a highest ever participation proving the growing popularity of motorsports in the country.

Speaking about the rally, Mr RS Kalsi Executive Director (M&S), Maruti Suzuki India said, “Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally is a true test of endurance, it pushes man and machine to extreme limits as they navigate across the barren arid and sandy dunes of Rajasthan. Introduced in 2002, the rally fulfils the objective of providing the thrill of off-road rallying to motorsport enthusiasts. While there is thrill and adventure, the TSD format promotes safe driving habits amongst participants. This year we have tried to take the experience one notch higher by introducing flexi-format in Xplore category. We are confident that such innovations bring value to the motorsport and lead to an increase in the popularity of motorsports in India.”

Many rallyist turned up from across various cities in India like Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Bangalore. Not only this, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has also taken part in Maruti’s Desert Storm Rally, that will span from the sand dunes and rocky turf of the route. Spanning for over six-days, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm will will be held in four categories - XTreme, NDure, XPlore & Moto.

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This time Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally will witness champions from past rallies like Suresh Rana, Sandeep Sharma, C S Santosh and Karthick Maruthi. Bani Yadav and her navigator, Sukhbans Mann, past 3-time winners of Desert Storm, will be one of the 6 women teams participating in the rally this year. Winner of Desert Storm 2010 and 2015, Aabhishek Mishra, from Jaipur will be seen driving the Maruti Suzuki Vitara and Karthick Maruthi will be driving the Vitara Brezza.

Maruti Suzuki has planned it quite well, in order to make the rallies even more exciting and fun. This time the event will go through a flexi-route format in the Xplore category from Delhi to Jaisalmer (Xplore Dawn) and from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (Xplore Dusk), where both these legs will run for 3 days and will run independent of each other. The objective of such a format is to provide short length rally exposure and encourage bigger participation.

Schedule for the 14th edition of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally 2016:

Date

   Event

                     Highlight

2nd and3rd April 2016

  Scrutiny

 

3rd April 2016

Ceremonial Flag off from Noida

 Rally to travel from Noida to Hanumangarh

4th April 2016

Leg 1

 Hanumangarh to Bikaner with two competitive sections enroute.

5th and 6th April  2016

Leg 2

 Bikaner to Jaisalmer

 Toughest day of the rally. 187 kms of competition distance.

7th April 2016

Leg 3

 Rally starts in the wee morning hours at Jaisalmer.

 Prize distribution for the Xplore Dawn category

8th April 2016

Leg 4

 Two stages plus a night leg

 Start of Xplore Dusk

9th April  2016

Leg 5

 Rally travels to Jodhpur

10th April  2016

Prize Distribution

 

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