Dakshin Dare, Leg 5: Rana takes win in cars and Nataraj dominates bikes

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Dakshin Dare, Leg 5: Rana takes win in cars and Nataraj dominates bikes
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Aug 6, 2016, 8:56 AM

Manali-born Suresh Rana added another feather to his cap by winning the 2016 Dakshin Dare cross-country rally, beating reigning champion Sandeep Sharma.

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
Dakshin Dare in action

Rana (co-driver Parminder Thakur) led Dakshin Dare from start-to-finish, with only Leg 4 hiccup, where Sharma (co-driver Karan Arya) caught up with Rana.

But the nine-time Raid de Himalaya managed to fight back in the final leg, eventually winning the rally by 6m06s from Sharma.

“We have won with a lead of just 06m06s, which shows the high level competency witnessed at this year’s Dakshin Dare,’’ Rana said after his win.

“It’s not just about the vehicle anymore, but about presence of mind and driving styles. Sustaining the lead throughout stages is taxing.”

“It’s our first win at Dakshin Dare and we hope the winning streak remains in the forthcoming editions as well,’’ he added.

Jasmohan Saini (co-driver Vikram Thakur) completed the podium positions, 16m06s adrift of Rana in the overall standings.

Samrat Yadav (co-driver Kunal) was classified fourth with Harpreet Bawa (co-driver Varender) jumping up to fifth on the final day, mere 2m07s separating the two. 

G Sidhu (co-driver Karanpreet Mattu), who ran in the top five until Leg 4, finished sixth after losing places on the final day but stayed ahead of Sanjay Agarwal (co-driver Venu).

Meanwhile, Bani Yadav (co-driver Pankaj Rai) was classified as the highest female driver, finishing the South Indian cross-country rally in a strong ninth place.

Nataraj cruises to victory

TVS rider Nataraj cruised to victory in the Ultimate Bikes category, dominating the field beating Febin Jose by a comprehensive margin of 45m45s.

Nataraj was the only rider to finish the rally under six hours mark with a total time of 5hr26m33s.

Behind the leading pack, Akash Aital completed the podium, just managing to hold off Eshank Rudrappa by 0.32s over the final line.

Vishwas S D completed the top five, among the 18 riders who completed the rally.

Ultimate Cars Results:

Pos

Driver

Time

1

Suresh Rana

Parminder Thakur

6hr51m15s

2

Sandeep Sharma

Karan Arya

6hr57m21s

3

Jasmohan Saini

Vikram Thakur

7hr07m21s

4

Samrat Yadav

Junal

7hr18m04s

5

Harpreet Bawa

Varender

7hr20m11s

6

G Sidhu

Karanpreet Mattu

7hr22m56s

7

Sanjay Agarwal

Venu

7hr27m16s

8

Lijin Mathew

Amal Poulose

7hr43m25s

9

Bani Yadav

Pankaj Rai

7hr56m38s

10

Amartejpal Buwal

Nakul

8hr00m57s

11

Anu Rana

Poonam Rana

8hr14m02s

12

Harvinder Bhola

Amber Udasi

8hr21m39s

13

Hydross Niaz

Sawan Satyanaran

8hr53m02s

14

Pritvi B S

Pratap

9hr20m56s

15

Dhirendra

Honey

9hr32m21s

16

Sachin Sharma

Ritchy

9hr35m14s

17

Amol

Uday Kumar

10hr44m35s

18

Shivkumar Reddy

Vinay B M

12hr47m28s

Ultimate Bikes Results:

Pos

Rider

Time

1

Nataraj

5hr26m33s

2

Febin Jose

6hr12m18s

3

Akash Aithal

6hr16m07s

4

Eshank Rudrappa

6hr16m39s

5

Vishwas S D

6hr19m16s

6

Shahrukh Mohammad

6hr21m10s

7

Raja

6hr32m06s

8

Syed Asif Ali

6hr34m50s

9

N Vinay Gowda

6hr49m10s

10

Baljeet Singh

6hr49m14s

11

Yashrad Rathod

7hr19m27s

12

A Pawan

7hr24m26s

13

Samarth

7hr24m35s

14

Vishal Das

7hr40m04s

15

Nikhil B

8hr16m30s

16

Alex

8hr28m58s

17

Aishwarya

9hr21m11s

18

Vikram Hattangady

9hr52m51s

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Series Indian Rally
Event Dakshin Dare
Author Rachit Thukral
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