Maruti Desert Storm
It is a six-day rally, which has many firsts to its credit, traverses approximately 2,600 km through the interiors of Rajasthan and along the Gujarat coastline before culminating at Udaipur.
The rally is a mix of adventure, thrill and excitement for the participants as they tread through uncharted territory and experience the formidable Thar Desert, the rocky and uncertain Aravalli, and the slippery and white sands of the Rann of Kutch.
The route will take the 170 rallyists through competitive and transport sections. The competitive section includes tough, off-road terrain that has gravel, sand and rocks, while the transport section is run on inter-city state highways and connecting roads.
Maruti Suzuki Rally Desert Storm thoroughly tests the skills of the drivers and ruggedness of their cars and the bikes.
The rally will cover the most scenic and picturesque remote areas of Rajasthan. Heritage properties at Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Khimser & Jaipur serve as night halts. Different Teams
Rally enthusiasts from as far as Arunachal Pradesh in the east to Goa in the west enter to take on the challenges of the wilderness. The participants include doctors, engineers, businessmen and housewives across age groups. There are also some women teams' and ' husband-wife' teams which participate. Indian Army and Air Force also send their teams.
The safety effort is supplemented with over 8 ambulances along the route. The rally is monitored for its entire duration by over thirty radio-equipped cars. More than a hundred volunteers ensure safe passage of the event, most of them are rally and motorsport veterans.
This years Maruti Suzuki Rally Desert Storm has three categories :
PRO (for professionals) - 4WD & 2WD
NAV (for amateurs) - 4WD SUV
NAV (for amateurs) - Cars
A record 170 rallyists vying for top honours
Challenge of 12 tough Special Stages enroute
The 7th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2009 will run a mix of around 12 Special Stages to test the participants' driving skills under various conditions. The 12 stages are as follows: Wild cat:
A drive through leopard territory via a dry river bed under the night sky Back to School:
A simple straight-forward section through sandy farming country which can bog down the unwary Redline Express:
Running parallel to a train track and then suddenly turning into a sandy section is not so easy that too with a speed evaluation. The Twilight Zone:
This section might make the participants end up on a sand dune Dust to Glory:
This is a stage where one can even find that he has lost the path Ground Zero:
It may seem easy to drive through dry lakes till they reveal that they aren't really dry Tora Tora Tora:
Situated right next to an Air Force practice range Bad Max:
It is a freezing level where one has to cross a 80km long river bed Black Gold Special:
The site of local 'Mahopar' festival features a short and twisty special track that snakes between two dunes and then opens at the National Highway Forest & Furious:
The thrill of driving through the forest The Beach:
Driving along the waves of the Arabian Sea and inhaling the salt-infused air of the high seas Gone in Sixty Seconds:
After a long, sandy and scary drives, the last one is quite exciting with a 75 km long stretch on a flat horizon with no discerning landmarks
Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2009 was organized in partnership with Northern Motorsport, for the seventh year in the running. Northern Motorsport is one of the leading motorsport organization in India and organizes a range of motorsport events for Maruti Suzuki including Auto-Cross, Rally of the North etc. With a team of well-known automotive enthusiasts, Maruti Suzuki and Northern Motorsport together are exploring the unexplored terrains of motorsports in India.
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