Monday, 10 October 2011

Raid-de-Himalaya’s 13th edition begins today




The 13th edition of Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya — one of the toughest motorsport events in the world — is set to begin on Monday in the state. For the first time, the event will have strict noise control measures in place, besides a mandatory alert regarding environment protection for all the 160 participants driving through treacherous mountain routes for the next one week.

A new 2000km double-route format, has attracted 291 contestants that is scheduled from Shimla to Srinagar. The cross-country motor race that combines transport and competitive sections will be conducted in two categories, X-treme and adventure, said Vijay Parmar, president Himalayan Motorsport, the association which has been conducting the Raid for the past 12 years. More than 150 teams are expected to participate, which include Team Thunderbolt, Team Eagle Motorsport, Team Army Adventure Wing, Team Air Force and Team Maruti in the X-treme category.

Teams from Tata Motors, Mahindra and Maruti are all set to battle out the most predominant adventure class. A paraplegic competitor, Anurag Bareja from Gurgaon, would be competing for the first time in this year's Raid. His participation will be at par with other competitors in a modified hand-controlled car, said Parmar.

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