Major A.S. Brar and Ashish Saurabh Moudgil won the 11th edition of the world's highest and toughest motor rally - the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya rally - in the car and bike categories, respectively.
An ecstatic Brar was a relieved man at the end of the long rally. : "Fortune does play
a big role and it sure did for me. The rugged terrain requires luck alongwith driving sensibilities and the right spirit," he said. The six-day 'Raid', stretching across 2,000 km, passed through the most rugged and inhospitable terrain of trans-Himalayas. It concluded in Srinagar Oct 12.
Captain Nishant Karki and Amartej Pal Singh Buwal finished second and third, respectively, in the X-treme Four-Wheeler category.
Five-time consecutive winner in the X-treme Four-Wheeler category, Suresh Rana was out of the 'Raid' in the fifth leg due to mechanical failure in his Maruti Gypsy.
The rally saw seven entries from the Indian Army and three from the Indian Air Force. It is also for the first time that both top slots in the X-treme Four-Wheeler category were won by teams of the Indian army who were deservedly awarded the team trophy for their stupendous performance in the six-leg Maruti Suzuki rally .
In the X-treme Two-Wheeler category, the second and third slot was won by Gurpinder Sarao and Sandeep Singh Matharu.
This year the rally organisers used the latest technology to keep track of the participants' vehicles.As many as 108 professional motorists took part in the X-treme Four-Wheeler, X-treme Two-Wheeler and Adventure Trial categories.
The Raid-de-Himalaya is the only Asian motor sport event listed on the off-road rallies calendar of the Switzerland-based FIM (Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme).