The hills will come alive once again with the reverberating sounds of machines as man battles it out on the world’s highest arena at the 18th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya.
The countdown has begun for the world’s highest motorsport event which is all set to kick off this year on 8th October from the Manali. Undoubtedly, the stakes run even higher this time as the rally runs on new roads this year!
The capital of Spiti, Kaza, which sits on the eroded floodplain at an altitude of 12,500 feet will be the first stop for the Raid. From thereon, it will make its way towards Sarchu, picturesque Leh and then back to Manali over the course of 7 days, covering approx. 2000 kms. The extreme test of mental endurance and physical fitness will see a battle of hostile proportions with participants dodging tough terrains and inclement weather as the race culminates in Manali on 15th October for the grand prize distribution.
No amount of preparation can seem enough, no grit and endurance questioned, no mountain appears less daunting, the mecca of rallying in Asia sends even the unshakeable souls stirring with its extremes with highest altitude of 17500 ft and temperatures as low as -15 c.
Taking the excitement a notch higher will be Maruti Suzuki’s all-new compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza, which will be making its debut appearance at the rally this year.
About the Rally:
Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya is one of the two off-road motor rallies from India listed in the annual motorsport calendar of Switzerland based Federation Internationale Automobile (FIA) and Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme (FIM). The Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya will be run in compliance with the International Sporting Code of the FIA, National Competition Rules (NCR) & General Prescriptions of the FMSCI.
The rally is organized with the aim of conducting motor sporting events in the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. All members of Himalayan Motorsport Association have been associated with motorsport for the last 20 to 30 years as rally drivers or organizers, across the country. 200 + qualified Scrutineers and Stewards who have current Scrutineer and Steward Licenses from the FMSCI will be making sure that rally sets some new standards this time.
Sports Illustrated India magazine launched the Motorsports Special Issue, in association with Maruti Suzuki Motorsports on 10th August 2016, at Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill. Ace Ex Footballer and motorsports enthusiast Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia along with Ace Indian Rally Driver –Mr. Gaurav Gill unveiled the magazine with Mr. Vinay Pant – AVP Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Also were present a host of celebs. The extra special coffee table magazine celebrated the growing category of motorsports in India. Bhaichung Bhutia and Gaurav Gill spoke about their passion for the motorsports. The other sponsors included Singapore Grand Prix and Singapore Tourism Board.
The Launch of the special annual Sports Illustrated India issue marks the dawn of the new horizon in the world of Indian motorsports. The Magazine will provide the much-needed vital knowledge about the motorsports industry and seeks to be the one-stop information hub for the motor sports enthusiasts. The Motorsports Issue is a refreshing sports magazine poised to bring the Indian as well as international motorsports personalities on the Indian scene, focusing on key areas of motorsports. With exclusive interviews and features from both Indian and International Motorsports icons crossing the spectrum of sports, including Karun Chandok, Narain Kartikeyan, CS Santosh, Hari Singh, Gaurav Gill, Suresh Rana and others. The new publication will bring its readers closer to the lifestyle of India’s top racers/motorists.
Spokesperson Mr. Vivek Pareek, Senior Publisher, Sports Illustrated India said “This special issue is a rendition of Sports Illustrated India’s commitment to every sport in India. We hope this specific initiative will encourage more people to take up the sport and find the support they need to excel.”
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Mr. Vinay Pant, AVP -Marketing spokesperson said” Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to motorsports has spanned almost two decades, and we have constantly endeavoured to take the sports to the grassroots. With more initiative across the country that encourage budding racers, we look forward to a vibrant racing scenario in India.
Spokesperson Mr. Shashank Shekhar Mishra, India Representative of Singapore Grand Prix said “Singapore Grand Prix is one of the world’s most glamorous events, with exceptional racing and performances. We are proud to associate with Sports Illustrated to bring the passion and excellence of the track to readers and visitors to the most spectacular GP event in the world.