Desert Storm, Leg 4: Mishra's lead truncated, Santosh still dominates

The order at the front remains unchanged at Desert Storm as Aabhishek Mishra and CS Santosh continue to lead in their respective categories after leg 4.

Participants blazed through a single special stage (SS7) on Wednesday, traversing between Kuchri to Bandha for a total timed distance of 89.78 km.

Nine-time Raid de Himalaya winner Suresh Rana (co-driver Ashwin Naik) went the quickest in the Xtreme category, setting a time of 1hr16m36s.

Rana, who hails from Manali, has now closed the gap to Aabhishek Mishra to just over 10 minutes in the overall standings with two legs still remaining.

Mishra, who has led the standings from the start, was hindered by a power failure yesterday. During these two days, his advantage has been cut short by nearly four minutes.

Meanwhile, Amanpreet Ahulwalia and Niju Padia continue to hold third and fourth position respectively, while Sanjav Agarwal has now returned inside the top five.

Agarwal, who has been losing time since finishing fourth on the opening leg, was able to claw back positions after setting a time of 1hr27m07s in SS7.

Santosh dominates Moto class

Unsurprisingly, runaway leader Santosh was the quickest rider in the Moto class, setting a time of 1hr6m34s in leg 4.

Behind, 2015 Raid de Himalaya winner Aravind KP, who has been running in second position since day two, appeared to struggle, losing 14 minutes to Santosh in a single leg.

Third-placed Sanjay Kumar and fellow TVS rider R Nataraj - who was second quickest in SS7 - have closed the gap to Aravind as a result, but still find themselves over 30 minutes adrift in the overall standings.

Jes David, who was second on the opening day, has dropped to fifth position after losing an hour to the leaders in SS7.

Meanwhile, Team Austria’s Rene Steinhart has steadily returned to the top 10 after setting the fifth fastest time of the day.

In the Xplore category, Pratak has jumped Karthik Maruti to take the top spot as Rajesh Chalan stays in third place.

Xtreme Leg 4 Results: Top 10  

Pos

Driver

SS7

Total

1

 Aabhishek Mishra

1hr18m35s

8hr17m24s

2

 Suresh Rana

1hr16m36s

8hr27m55s

3

 Amanpreet Ahulwalia

1hr23m57s

9hr11m56s

4

 Niju Padia

1hr25m35s

9hr34m32s

5

 Sanjay Agarwal

1hr27m07s

9hr39m44s

6

 Jasmohan Singh

1hr31m05s

9hr43m49s

7

 Ranjiv Sally

1hr38m26s

10hr14m57s

8

 S.Bajaj

1hr47m08s

10hr28m53s

9

 Abhishek Chaudhary

1hr42m01s

10hr43m32s

10

 Puneet Jain

2hr04m06s

10hr48m23s 

Moto Leg 4 Results: Top 10

Pos

Rider

SS7

Total

1

 CS Santosh

1hr06m34s

6hr48m10s

2

 Aravind KP

1hr20m17s

7hr32m12s

3

 Sanjay Kumar

1hr15m44s

8hr06m08s

4

 R Nataraj

1hr13m57s

8hr11m33s

5

 Jes David

2hr10m46s

8hr30m24s

6

 Ashwini Kataria

1hr33m43s

9hr28m50s

7

 Tanveer Abdul Wahid

1hr34m06s

9hr54m42s

8

 Ashish Roarane

1hr39m13s

10hr02m40s

9

 Rajveer Singh Tomar

1hr26m06s

10hr15m10s

10

 Rene Steinhart

1hr20m28s

10hr19m05s 

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Series Indian Rally
Event Desert Storm
Drivers CS Santosh
Article type Leg report