Dakshin Dare, Leg 4: Rana holds on top spot, Nataraj extends advantage

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Dakshin Dare, Leg 4: Rana holds on top spot, Nataraj extends advantage
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Aug 5, 2016, 7:03 AM

Nine-time Raid de Himalaya winner Suresh Rana held on on to his lead despite it slashing to three minutes in the cars category at the end of fourth leg in Dakshin Dare on Thursday.

Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action
Dakshin Dare in action

Rana (co-driver Parminder Thakur) arrived on the penultimate day of Dakshin Dare with a comfortable seven minute buffer over nearest rival and last year’s winner Sandeep Sharma (co-driver Karan Arya).

But the Manali-born driver appeared to struggle in SS12, giving the initiative to Sharma, who subsequently set the fastest time in the stage to reduce the overall gap to 3m35s.

Behind, Jasmohan Saini (co-driver Vikram Thakur) controlled the pace behind to keep third place, with Samrat Yadav (co-driver Kunal) jumping four positions to move up to fourth.

G Sidhu (co-driver Karanpreet Mattu) was fifth but with Harpeet Bawa (co-driver Varender) close on his heels as a mere 0.22s separate the two.

Nataraj extends lead in bikes

In the Extreme Bikes category, TVS rider Nataraj extended his advantage to a mammoth 41 minutes over Febin Jose, who moved up to second place after Sanjay Kumar retired from the rally.

The battle for the final podium spot is close with Akash Aital in front chased by Eshank Rudrappa and Vishwas S D, the trio separated by just three minutes heading into the final leg on Friday.

Extreme Cars Standings (Top 10)

Pos

Driver

Time

1

Suresh Rana

Parminder Thakur

6hr17m03s

2

Sandeep Sharma

Karan Arya

6hr20m38s

3

Jasmohan Saini

Vikram

6hr32m07s

4

Samrat Yadav

Kunal

6hr42m40s

5

G Sidhu

Karanpreet Mattu

6hr45m14s

6

Harpreet Bawa

Varender

6hr45m36s

7

Sanjay Agarwal

Venu

6hr48m44s

8

Lijin Mathew

Amal Poulose

7hr03m52s

9

Bani Yadav

Pankaj Rai

7hr18m31s

10

Amarjetpal Buwal

Nakul

7hr25m50s

Extreme Bikes Standings (Top 10)

Pos

Rider

Time

1

Nataraj

5hr10m49s

2

Febin Jose

5hr52m04s

3

Akash Aithal

5hr56m14s

4

Eshank Rudrappa

5hr57m33s

5

Vishwas S D

5hr58m12s

6

Shahrukh Mohammad

6hr02m29s

7

Raja

6hr10m48s

8

Syed Asif Ali

6hr12m01s

9

N Vinay Gowda

6hr26m55s

10

Baljeet Singh

6hr28m38s

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Series Indian Rally
Event Dakshin Dare
Author Rachit Thukral
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