Shimla: (With inputs from Dheeraj Chauhan) While it’s just Leg four of Raid de Himalaya, and its getting predictable who the winners are going to be. As per the results of Leg 4, under the Xtreme 4 wheelers Suresh Rana has maintained his lead at number one. Not only that, he has been successful in widening the gap as well, as he posted fastest times in both the competitive sections of the day. He covered the car breaking, rough Losar Gramphoo section in 1:27:45 and the Darcha Patseo section in 0:16:59.
Sanket Shanbagh is following him with 2:57:41 penalty minutes, while the third, fourth and fifth position are taken up by Harprit Singh Bawa (3:11:12), Major Shakti Bajaj (3:18:24) and Captain Amarinder S. Brar (3:21:17). Capt Brar was second fastest in the Darcha-Patseo section with 0:17:20 minutes.
Under the Xtreme 2 wheelers category Bangalore boy Bhaskar Ramani (2:53:02) has maintained his top position as well, while Ashish Moudhgil (2:58:14) is trailing him at number two. Sandeep S. Matharu (3:17:49) is at number third. The fourth position has been taken up by Rajan Sidhu while the fifth was sweeped by Karanbir Singh Bedi as Prashant Kumar dropped to number 7 while Chetan Ganpathy pulled out of the competition.
The rallyists departed for Leh for Leg 5 on a route that will take them over 3 mighty passes Baralacha la, Lachung la and Tanglung la to cover 175 kms of competitive sections. The highest point on the route will cross over 17500 feet.