The 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya culminated at Leh. Suresh Rana and Parminder Thakur were adjudged the winners of the X-treme 4W category and C.S. Santosh was declared as the winner of the Xtreme 2W category.

K. Prasad and M. Chandrashekhar were declared the winners in the Adventure 4W category. In all, 17 teams in the X-treme 4W category, 40 teams in the 4W Adventure category and 20 bikers could reach the final leg that concluded at Leh.

On the occasion, Mayank Pareek, Chief Operating Officer, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki, said, ``It was a tough and perilous journey and the winners showed great acumen, stamina and dexterity. This year, we had undertaken a number of extra safety measures like putting in service a helicopter to ensure timely help to rallyists in case of emergencies.''

This year’s Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya had 130 teams with over 200 participants in the four wheeler and two wheeler categories.

The tough route, this year, traversed through some of the highest motorable passes and human settlements in the world. These included Darcha (3360 mts), Keylong (3440 mts), Leh (3524 mts), Kaza (3650 mts), Dhanka (3894 mts), Losar (4079 mts), Rumtse (4300 mts), Kunzum La (4551 mts), Komik (4587 mts), Pang (4600 mts) and Wari La (5313 mts).

This year the rally covered a distance of 1,800 kms in 6 legs spread over 6 days undertaking a treacherous route through various crests and troughs embedded in the great Himalayan ranges.

(This article was published on October 15, 2012)
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