The 15th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm has been flagged off from Delhi on January 29, 2017. The competitors will cover a distance of 2,000kms over a span of six days.
The rally lovers will get a chance to navigate through Rajasthan's picturesque yet challenging terrains of Hanumangarh, Bikaner and Jaisalmer to conclude in Jodhpur on February 4th wherein the winners will be felicitated through a prize-winning ceremony.
The rally will be classified into four categories - XTreme, NDure, Xplore and Moto. Suresh Rana driving for Team Maruti will defend his title, whereas the Moto class will be headed by two-time Dakar Rally finisher CS Santosh.
The rally will also see 10 women participants, which includes Bani Yadav and Sarah Kashyap podium finishers of previous editions of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, Dakshin Dare and Raid de Himalaya.
Known as mini Dakar, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2017 will feature a 207 kms stage which is the longest stage in Indian Motorsport history. Participants are provided clearance for their vehicles after a strict one-day scrutiny check prior to the flag-off ceremony.
Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki, R S Kalsi said, "Pioneered in 2003, Desert Storm has been an effort to replicate our success in off-road rallying in the Western region of the country."
He added, "At Maruti Suzuki, we believe that rallies bring out the best in men and machines, and the increasing participation each year is encouraging and helps us strengthen such motorsport events."
Maruti Suzuki has been actively promoting safe motorsports in the country for over 15 years now. To popularize action sport, the Maruti Suzuki motorsport calendar is packed with exciting motoring events.
Maruti Suzuki Motorsport has partnered with ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt Ltd for a fourth year in a row and ExxonMobil will be the lubricant partner across all motorsport events in 2017.
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