Maruti Suzuki Dakshin dare




Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur lead on first day of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare

Mysore, Aug 5, 2013 South India’s longest motorsports rally, the 2000 km Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare, started amidst light drizzle from Bangalore before the crack of dawn for six short super stages interestingly named the coconut leg. Traversing a total of 403 kms during the day,

Suresh Rana, the eight time Maruti Suzuki Raid-De-Himalaya Champion and holder of Maruti Suzuki Desert storm crown thrice, clocked a time of 01.04.12 Hrs in his Grand Vitara to open up a miniscule lead in the first leg of this annual event. Another Team Maruti Driver Amanpreet/Venuramesh driving a Gypsy, clocked 01.04.48 Hrs, are ranked second, and trail by just 36 seconds. Sanjay Agarwal/Shiva Prakash are 00.03.39 Hrs behind to and take the third place on the table with a total timing of 01.07.51 Hrs.

The extreme category, vehicles covered a liaison distance of 134 kms North West of Bangalore to reach near Tiptur, Karnataka’s largest coconut and copra trading hub, via Neelamangala and Tumkur. Coconut 1, a high speed 12.1 km stretch amidst Coconut and Copra plantations took place first, and was followed by another similar tarmac and gravel stretch Coconut 2 spanning 18.8 Kms. This two stage rally was run thrice to cover a total distance of 92.7 kms. This was followed by 158 kms transport stage to finish at Mysore.

The Endurance category vehicles traversed 290 Kms. In this category, where the rally is being run on the TSD format, Kartik Maruti/Shankar Prasad lead with a penalty of 0.00.12 hrs. Bangalore couple Satish Gopalakrishnan/Savera who are driving a Grand Vitara are at second place with a penalty of 0.00.24 hrs, while Sudip Ghosh/Arindam Ghosh in their Esteem are close third with a penalty of 0.00.26 Hrs. In fact so tight is the field in the Endurance category that the difference between top 10 is below one minute, and might see action heating up in the days to come.

Tomorrow, the extreme category vehicles will move about 80 kms towards Coffee and Pepper plantations of Coorg – also known as Scotland of the East - on the eastern slopes of Western Ghats where three stages totaling 78 kms will take place. The rally will then traverse through very wet Malnad region via Nagarhole National Park, through the southernmost tip of Deccan Plateau in Kearala at Wayanad and climb up through tangled jungles and deep valleys towards Nilgiris and reach Ooty by end of the day.

Results after leg 1:

Extreme Cars: Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur: 01.04.12 Hrs, Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh: 01.04.48 Hrs, Sanjay Agrwal/ Shiva Prakash: 01.07.57

Endurance Cars: Karthik Maruti/Shankar Anand: 0.00.12, Satish Gopalakrishnan/Savera  D’Souza: 0.00.24, Sudip Ghosh/Amandeep Ghosh: 0.00.26 Hrs



Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh lead after second day of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare

  Suresh Rana drops to second place, Sanjay retains third spot

  Kathik Maruti maintains lead in Endurance, Sudip overtakes Satish in Ranking

Ooty, Aug 6, 2013: As the second day of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare came to a draw, a very slushy and wet track full with mud and gravel, combined with intermittent drizzle, had taken its toll on many a man and machines. Overnight leader Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur lost some valuable minutes when their Grand Vitara went off track during fourth of nine stages. Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh grabbed the opportunity with both hands to score a lead over him during the ‘Coorg Leg’.

While Amanpreet/Venueramesh in their Maruti Gypsy now lead with a cumulative two day timing of 01.59.58 Hrs, Suresh Rana/Thakur driving a Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara still have a good chance being in second place and just one minute 37 seconds behind  having clocked 2.01.35 hrs till now. Bangalore boy Sanjay Agarwal/Shiva Prakash and their Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is another two minutes behind with a cumulative time of 02.04.22 Hrs.

The Coorg Leg began at 6 am from Mysore with the ultimate cars and bikes taking a 89 km transport stage to Pollibetta in Coorg region – or Malnad as the region around is called due to the extensive rainfall received here. Three tracks of 6.5 kms, 8 kms, and 9 kms were prepared amidst lush coffee plantations here in Woshully, Polibetta and Yemmegundi respectively. The serpentine dirt track, with poodles of water and slush due to heavy rains due to monsoon, made it really tough for the drivers. Nine high speed super stages were planned but couple of them cancelled when two cars came stuck in the slush. Thereafter, the cars and bikes completed a transport stage of 187 kms via Waynad and Gudalur, stretching the total length of Leg 2 to 393 kms.

In Endurance category Kartik Maruti/Shankar Prasad maintains his lead. Bangalore couple Satish Gopalakrishnan/Savera who are driving a Grand Vitara slipped to third in ranking. Switching the place with them are Sudip Ghosh/Arindam Ghosh.

On day 3, the Valley Leg, the rally will take upon the challenging Nilgiris around popular hill station of Ooty. After a transport stage of 24kms, nine super  stages will take place over a distance of 61 kms amidst tea and coffee plantations, snaking roads and multiple hair-pin bends. The participants will then cover a transport stage of 101 kms to end the day at Coimbatore.

Cumulative Results After Day 2:

Extreme Cars: Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh: 01.59.58 Hrs, Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur: 2.01.35 Hrs, Sanjay Agarwal/ Shiva Prakash: 02.04.22 Hrs

Endurance Cars: Karthik Maruti/Shankar Anand, Sudip Ghosh/Amandeep Ghosh, Satish Gopalakrishnan/Savera  D’Souza



Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh extend lead on Day three of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare

  Suresh Rana drops to second place, Sanjay retains third spot

  Kathik Maruti maintains lead in Endurance, Sudip overtakes Satish in Ranking

Coimbatore, Aug 7, 2013: As Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare continues to become tougher by the day, participants are literally facing the heat both on the tracks and on the ranking table. The ‘Craig Leg’ organized on day 3 of the rally stretched over  lush green tea plantations on the eastern side of Nilgiri coming down Ooty, had some of the participants in The Dare spirit, while others were humbled and concentrated on driving safe and completing with man and machine  intact.

Overnight leaders Delhi driver Amanpreet Ahluwalia and his Coimbatore based Navigator Venuramesh managed to extend their lead by a slight margin over Manali lad Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur and the difference now stands at 00.04.16 Hrs. While Amanpreet/Venuramesh driving a Maruti Gypsy have a cumulative timing of 3.05.37 Hrs while Suresh Rana/Thakur in their Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara have clocked 3.09.53 Hrs. With over 106 kms of special stages yet to go, a photo finish is on cards.

Major upset of the day was pull out by Sanjay Agarwal/Shiva Prakash, whose car hit a boulder resulting in a broken oil tank. With his pull out, Imran Khan/Gagan Vijay now occupy the third slot with a cumulative time of 3.57.56 Hrs but more than 52 minutes behind the leader.  

In the bikes category, R Nataraj is leading with a cumulative timing of 3.30.03 Hrs. Another below 260 cc bike of Saratha is on second place with a 3 day total of 3.47.05 Hrs. Akshay is on the third spot clocking 4.03.33 Hrs in the last three days.

On day 3, the Craig Valley Leg, the rally took upon the challenging Nilgiris with two super stages of planned after 24 kms of transport stage from Ooty. The first stage was full of mud and tiny rocks, which were exposed due to incessant rains, and making the drive bumpy and difficult to maneuver. The second stage, on the other hand, had more of mud, but very narrow tracks making the drive very challenging. The participants then covered a transport stage of 101 kms to end the day at Coimbatore.

In the Endurance category, Bangalore couple Satish Gopalakrishnan /Savera D’Souza made a come back to the second spot in their Grand Vitara, narrowing the margin from over 44 seconds to just 5 seconds. Karthik Maruti/Shakar Prasad now lead with a cumulative penalty of 0.01.17 Hrs, followed by Satish/Savera at 0.01.22 Hrs. Sudip Ghosh/Amandeep Ghosh are now to the third spot with 0.01.28 Hrs and just 11 seconds behnd  the leader. This is making the Endurance category a really tough challenge to watch in the next two days.  

Cumulative Results After Day 2:

Extreme Cars: Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh: 3.05.37 Hrs, Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur: 3.09.53 Hrs, Imran Khan/Gagan: 3.57.56 Hrs

Extreme Bikes: R Nataraj: 3.30.03 Hrs, Saratha: 3.47.05 Hrs, Akshay: 4.03.33 Hrs.

Endurance Cars: Karthik Maruti/Shankar Anand, Satish Gopalakrishnan/Savera  D’Souza , Sudip Ghosh/Amandeep Ghosh 0.01.28 Hrs  





Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh win the fifth edition of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare

~ Karthik Maruti/Shankar Anand win in the 4-wheeler Endurance Category and R Nataraj wins in the bike category for second time in a row. ~

~ In the most challenging and enduring ‘Extreme’ category of rallying, all three winners were steering Maruti Suzuki vehicles ~

~ 147 motorsport enthusiasts had participated in the five-day rally, traversing 2000 kms across South India ~

Bangalore, August 9, 2013: The 5th Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare, one of the most exciting events in Motorsports Calendar of India, which traversed through some of the most picturesque terrains under a relentless monsoon, concluded its journey after five days of tough and grueling drive covering over 2000 kms.

In the most challenging and enduring ‘Extreme’ 4-wheeler category of rallying, all three winners were steering Maruti Suzuki vehicles. Besides, two of the podium finishes in Endurance category too came on Maruti Suzuki manufactured vehicle.

Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venueramesh Team Maruti, driving a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy won the title this year, a unique achievement for this annual event, as it is the only cross country motorsports rally in the country which throws up a new victor each year. Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur, from Team Maruti again, was second on the podium steering their Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. The third position was bagged by Imran Khan/Gagan Vijay who had put his Maruti Suzuki Gypsy into the challenge.

Amanpreet/Venuramesh had led the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare in leg 2, 3, 4 and 5, and managed a cumulative timing of 3.45.00 Hrs over 5 days to lift the title. Rana/Thakur who had kept themselves in contention by being the leader on day 1 and then maintaining the second slot thereafter, returned with a final overall timing of 3.48.41 Hrs, which fetched them the runners up trophy. Imran/Gagan had a momentous occasion on Day 3, when they broke into top three of leadership board and finally bagged the second runner up with a timing of 4.42.54 Hrs.

In bikes category, R Nataraj won the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare crown for the second time in a row by a very comfortable margin. He completed the entire distance in a cumulative time of 4.09.58 Hrs. Saratha stood second with a cumulative timing of 4.32.06 Hrswhile Akshay came in third with a cumulative timing of 4.51.53 Hrs. All three winners were riding below 260 cc bikes.

In Endurance category, it was a very tough challenge through all five days, with the top five on leader board being within penalty time of less than a minute throughout all stages, making it  the most challenging in TDS rally this year. Kartik Maruti/Shankar Anand, who had earlier been the runners up in the Second and the Fourth edition of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare, led all through the five days and earned an overall of penalty of 0.01.32 Hrs. Bangalore couple Satish Gopalakrishnan/Savera D’Souza, who had earlier won the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare in 2011, earned a penalty of 0.01.46 to secure the runners up title. Sudip Ghosh/Arindam Ghosh won the third spot on the podium with a cumulative penalty of 0.01.50 Hrs.

Felicitating the winners, Mr. Manohar Bhat, Vice President (Marketing), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “We are delighted to see the motorsport enthusiasts coming back to this flagship event of Southern India, with more energy and fervor, and brave the dirt and grime of relentless monsoons. Maruti Suzuki has a packed calendar of many more motorsports events across India and provide platform to the ever growing population of these enthusiasts realize their drive and dreams. These events not just provide excitement to motorsports lovers, but also help in promoting controlled and safe driving habits.”

Over 147 motorsports enthusiasts from across the country had come together to participate in Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare 2013 registering a growth of around 57% in overall participation over last edition. Each participant covered between 300 to 500 kms per day, inclusive of special and transport stages.

The rally spread over 34 special stages with monsoons in background, and tested the nerve and grit of all participants and their machines in a unique multi-terrain adventure. After the ceremonial flag off in Bangalore, Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare 2013 had special stages like ‘Coconut Stage’ on day 1 in Deccan Plateau at Titpur, the ‘Coorg Stage’ at Polibetta on the Eastern slopes of Western Ghats on day 2, ‘Craig Valley’ leg around Oooty in the Nilgiris, the Valparai Leg in Annamalai mountain range on penultimate day and the “Satyamangala’ leg on final day finishing at Bangalore. The Rally will have night halts at tourist hot spots like Mysore, Ooty and Coimbatore while it traverses through exotic locations like Chikmagalore, Waynad, Palani, Kodaikanal and Pollachi.

The next event in the Maruti Suzuki Motorsports calendar is Maruti Suzuki Raid-De-Himalaya that is scheduled for October 2013. Maruti Suzuki has extended special invites to the motorsports enthusiasts from Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare to join this event as well.

Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare 2013 was organized in partnership with Motorsports Inc., a leading motorsports organizer of India, for the fifth year in the running.

Final Results:

Extreme Cars: Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Venuramesh: 3.45.00 Hrs, Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur: 3.48.41 Hrs, Imran Khan/Gagan: 4.42.54 Hrs

Extreme Bikes: R Nataraj: 4.09.58 Hrs, Saratha: 4.32.06 Hrs, Akshay: 4.51.53 Hrs.

Endurance Cars: Karthik Maruti/Shankar Anand: 0.01.32 Hrs, Satish Gopalakrishnan/ Savera D’Souza: 0.01.46 Hrs, Sudip Ghosh/Amandeep Ghosh 0.01.50 Hrs