13th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalayas takes off from Shimla
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Shimla, Oct 10: The 13th edition of the annual Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalayas was flagged off amidst huge fervor and excitement from Shimla on Tuesday.
Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, flagged off the rally and cheered the participants.
The flag off took place after two days of intense vehicle and participant scrutiny that was held on October 9 and October 10.
The high point of Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya is customization of rally route in line with experience and expectations of the motorsports enthusiasts. For the first time, two separate routes have been worked out by the organisers to engage with two different types of motorsports enthusiasts.
Explaining the double route format and encouraging the participants, Shashank Srivastava, Chief General Manager, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki, said, “The overwhelming response from motorsports enthusiasts across the country to our various motorsports initiatives like Maruti Suzuki Raid- de-Himalaya, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, Dakshin Dare, Auto Cross etc. encouraged us to do something innovative this year.
In its unique format in this year’s event, the X-treme and Adventure category will compete on two separate treacherous and challenging routes initially, but will meet at Rangdum, valley situated 3,657 m (11,998 ft) above the sea level, in the isolated Suru valley in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. After Rangdum the two category participants will continue together via Penzi-La till the final stop at Srinagar, J&K.
With this new double-route format, this year’s Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya has seen an increase in participation by 5% over last year. (291 now v/s 277 in 2010)
The route for the X-treme Category shall start off from Shimla on the 11th Oct and traverse through the districts of Mandi and Kullu and halt at Manali. From Manali, the motorists will proceed through the mighty Rohtang Pass to halt at Leh on October 12. Next day, the raid will pass through Leh including the 18,300-foot Khardung-La, the highest Motorable road in the world and cover Kargil, Rangdum and Penzi-La to conclude in Srinagar on October 16. The motorcyclists too follow this tough Alpine route and terminate at Leh.
The route for the Adventure Trial also starts from Shimla and then passes through Mandi, Kullu, Kangra, Chamba, and to enter Jammu and Kashmir through Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Kokernag and Ananatnag. From here it would go to Kargil, Rangdum, Dras, Kargil, Zozi-La and culminate in Srinagar on October 16.
This year the rally will cover a distance of 2000 kms in 6 legs spread over 6 days will make its participants undertake a treacherous route through various crests & troughs embedded in the great western Himalayan ranges.
This year’s event will see around 115 participants from the Northern parts of the country and 33 participants from southern India. 40 participants from western India and 12 from Eastern India complete the rally entourage. These motorsport enthusiasts will compete across three categories: X-treme 4-wheelers (46 teams), X-treme 2-wheelers (35 teams) (both for professional motorsport enthusiasts), and 76 enthusiast teams in the Adventure Trial category for amateurs.
The 13th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya is being organized under the aegis of Himalayan Motorsport Association. State Bank of India has also made a significant contribution towards organizing the event. This toughest motoring event in the country is being supported by the Indian Army.
As an automobile leader, Maruti Suzuki has been promoting motor sports since its inception in the 1980s. To popularize action sport, the Maruti Suzuki motorsport calendar is packed with exciting motoring events.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 IST
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