Desert Storm, Leg 5: Rana takes lead as Mishra suffers heavy crash

Team Maruti's Suresh Rana took over the lead of the Desert Storm during the fifth leg in the Xtreme category as Aabhishek Mishra crashes out on Friday.

The day had four special stages with SS8 being 55.55 km long from Kuchri to Mangaliyawas and SS9 stretching from Turkon Ki Basti to Majid Ki Basti, 67.41 km long.

The SS10 and SS11 was backward journey from Majid ki Basti to Kuchri with stoppages at Turkon Ki Basti and Mangaliyawas.

Mishra (with PVS Murthy) held a 10 minutes lead over Rana at the end of leg four which was further truncated to eight minutes by the SS8.

However, Mishra suffered a heavy crash in SS9 which led to his retirement handing Rana the lead. His Grand Vitara car toppled during the stage, both driver and navigator unhurt in the incident.

Rana (with Ashwin Naik) went on to finish the day on top, having more than a hour lead over second placed Amanpreet Ahluwalia (with Virender Kashyap).

Niju Padia (with Nirav Mehta) slotted himself into the final podium position, having a lead of 19m24s over Jasmohan Singh (with Gunpreet Sawhney).

Sanjay Agarwal and Ranjiv Sally dropped out of the top 10 as well which put Lt. Col. S. Bajaj into fifth with Abhishek Chaudhary at sixth.

The top 10 was completed by Puneet Jain seventh, D Ramarajan eighth, Sanjiv Singh ninth and Harvinder Bhola 10th - the latter three moving into the top 10 at the end of leg five.

Santosh still leads, Aravind closes in

In the Moto class, CS Santosh maintained his top slot with TVS Racing's Aravind KP closed in on the Suzuki rider with just seven minutes gap between the two.

Behind the two, R Nataraj moved up to third pushing Sanjay Kumar down to fourth with just 1m22s separating the two riders.

Both the riders were neck and neck to each other with Natraj building a slim lead in SS11 to move ahead in the standings.

Jes David was fifth after he was penalised in leg four with Tanveer Abdul Wahid in at sixth, who overtook Ashwini Kataria.

Kataria lost chunk of time in both the SS11 and SS12 stages to Wahid with Austrian Rene Steinhart moving up two places to eighth.

Rajveer Singh Tomar ended ninth while Virendra Waghela moved into the top 10 as Ashish Raorane dropped out to sit 11th.

Xtreme Leg 5 Results: Top 10

Pos

Driver

SS11

SS12

Total

1

 Suresh Rana

52m37s

1hr02m42s

12hr15m02s

2

 Amanpreet Ahluwalia

56m52s

1hr03m21s

13hr23m58s

3

 Niju Padia

57m05s

1hr04m44s

13hr42m34s

4

 Jasmohan Singh

58m34s

1hr08m01s

13hr53s56s

5

 S.Bajaj

1hr:01m:08s

1hr10m27s

14hr46m19s

6

 Abhishek Chaudhary

1hr07m30s

1hr17m27s

15hr24m48s

7

 Puneet Jain

1hr03m54s

1hr11m47s

15hr25m17s

8

 D.Ramarajan

1hr04m22s

1hr21m18s

15hr59m56s

9

 Sanjiv Singh

1hr04m58s

1hr13m45s

16hr01m44s

10

 Harvinder Bhola

1hr01m23s

1hr0511s

16hr08m38

Moto Leg 5 Results: Top 10

Pos

Rider

SS11

SS12

Total

1

 CS Santosh

44m55s

1hr52m06s

10hr50m22s

2

 Aravind KP

49m28s

1hr01m50s

10hr57m22s

3

 R Natraj

58m37s

1hr03m34s

11hr52m37s

4

 Sanjay Kumar

51m39s

1hr06m29s

11hr53m59s

5

 Jes David

52m17s

1hr21m33s

13hr32m40s

6

 Tanveer Abdul Wahid

57hr56s

1hr09m02s

13hr58m12s

7

 Ashwini Kataria

1hr11m51s

1hr30m02s

14hr11m56s

8

 Rene Steinhart

1hr03m30s

1hr11m37s

14hr26m24s

9

 Rajveer Singh Tomar

1hr10m17s

1hr29m34s

15hr01m20s

10

 Virendra Waghela

1hr10m11s

1hr26m38s 15hr06m47s
Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Indian Rally
Event Desert Storm
Drivers CS Santosh
Article type Leg report