The weather played spoilsport on Day four of the 16th Maruti Suziki Raid De Himalaya rally, as the event was halted after heavy snowfall on Kunzum La, which connects Lahaul & Spiti (4,500 mt height) with the state, on Wednesday. Such a situation has occurred for the time.
The six-day long motorsport marathon is likely to resume on Thursday. Several contestants participating in the event had to halt for a day. Besides, they also had to put snow-chains on the tyres of their vehicles.
Maruti Suzuki vice president (marketing) Manohar Bhat said this was the first time that the Spiti valley had stalled the event.
“There are extreme weather conditions here, which have made the Raid one of the most grueling motorsport races worldwide. Snowfall is expected at Sarchu, where the Raid will proceed now. We are, however, hopeful that the it will run on Day five and Day six as per the schedule,” Bhat said.
Earlier, in 2007, the sport had to be brought to a premature end due to heavy snowfall at Patseo on Manali-Leh highway.