19 cars, 21 bikes in X-treme and 47 Cars in Adventure Trail Flagged off From Kaza – Tabo for Leg 4
Shimla: (With inputs from Dheeraj Chauhan)Four time winner Suresh Rana and Bangalore lad Ramani maintaining their lead in the four wheels and two wheel categories respectively as the organizers released the cumulative results of the three legs that concluded at Kaza on Saturday.
Suresh Rana of Team Thunderbolt with 2 hours 18 minutes and 35 seconds of penalty time (2:18:35) was ahead of Sanket Shanbhag with 2:28:34 penalty time in the four wheel category. At the end of Leg 3 Rana had posted the fastest timings on each of the six competitive sections run in the Raid so far.
Harpit Singh Bawa of Team Thunderbolt with 2:29:55 had moved up into third place and Gurdeep Singh Grewal of Team Godwin had fallen by a position with 2:31:55 penalty time to fourth place. Capt. Amarinder Brar of Team Army had climbed up to fifth position with 2:32:18 penalty time, said Navdeep Thareja over phone. Next in the lead for top ten are Col. Chibber (2:33:43), Maj Shakti Bajaj (2:34:06) and Lt Col VKS Tomar (2:41:59).
In the motorcycle category, Bangalorite Bhasker Ramani riding a Yamaha WR 450 is leading with 2:18:51 penalty time. Tailing him was Ashish Moudghil in a Honda Karizma with a penalty time of 2:32:29.
Sandeep S.Matharu in a Bajaj Pulsar 200 DTS-i) was third with 2:44:31, Prashant Kumar on a Yamaha WR 250 had moved up to fourth place with a penalty time of 2:49:40 and Chetan Ganapathy had fallen to fifth place with a cumulative penalty time of 2:51:44, said Thareja.
Going over Kunzam La and Baralcha Passes, the Raid-de-Himalaya has took off from Spiti early today and would head for a night halt at the army camp of Patseo. All forty vehicles left in the fray, 19 cars and 21 bikes, took off from Kaza in the X-treme category on Sunday morning, said Navdeep Thareja. In the Adventure Trail of the 51 four wheelers that left Manali on Saturday morning only 47 have taken the start on Sunday from Tabo, he informed MH.
Beyond Patseo, the eight day Raid gets to Leh and from Leh it moves to Kargil, where it spends a day competing on a circular loop and head back to finish at Leh.
Due to no connectivity at Patseo, news regarding Raid de Himalaya may not be updated as the area has no telephone, mobile or landline phone links that can be relied upon.