The seventh edition of the six-day Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally is all set to be flagged off on Tuesday. The rally, billed as one of the toughest motorsports events in India, will be traversing approximately 2,600 km through the interiors of Rajasthan and along the Gujarat coastline before culminating at Udaipur on February 23.
This will be the first time when an Indian rally will be conducted at night as the participants will be flagged off on Tuesday midnight from Shahpura (on the outskirts of Manesar on the Delhi-Jaipur highway) to Bikaner.
The rally offers a mix of thrill, adventure and fear to the participants as they thread through the uncharted territories of the Thar desert, the rocky and uncertain Aravalli and the slippery and white sands of the Rann of Kutch.
There will be two sections — competitive and transport — for the 170 rallyists and, while the competitive section includes off-road terrain that has gravel, sand and rocks, the transport section will run on normal roads. Following the ceremonial flag-off on Tuesday morning, the rallyists will assemble at Shahpura.