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‘Himalayan Drive 2013’ thrills Sikkim and Darjeeling

New Delhi, March 25th, 2013:

The rally through Siliguri.

The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 2013 TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) Rally covered Eastern regions of Sikkim, West Bengal, Darjeeling hills and the pristine Eastern Himalayas. The three-day event was flagged off on March 22, 2013 from Siliguri’s City Centre and concluded on March 24th, 2013.

The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 2013 was the first ever motorsport event organised in the Eastern Himalayan Region, by Just Sportz Management Pvt. Ltd. with support from the Government of Sikkim, West Bengal and GTA. The event attracted more than 50 drivers and navigators from Kolkata, Siliguri, North Bengal, Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Soham Hazra (Driver) and Nirav Mehta (Navigator) won the Rally, while SK Ajgar Ali (Driver) and MK Mohammad Mustafa (Navigator), and Subir Roy (Driver) and Amit Saha (Navigator) took second and third positions respectively. Mr. Bibhas Bhattacharya was the only local participant to complete both the legs successfully. “The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 2013 was certainly a challenging event that tested man and machine to the maximum. The rally route was breathtaking and I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this event,” said Soham Hazra.

The 400km long rally traversed through the beautiful, lush green landscapes of West Bengal and the mountainous terrain of Sikkim & Darjeeling hills, including tea gardens, dense forests and the majestic Tista River. The rally was a whole new adventure for drivers and navigators and helped them explore the uncharted hills and valleys of Eastern India. The rally drivers not only got a chance to experience panoramic views of the snow-capped Eastern Himalayas, including the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, but also got an opportunity to get a glimpse of the local culture and lifestyle of Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha and other people of the region.

Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Head – Motorsport, JK Tyre & Industries Limited said, “The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 2013 was a new milestone in the promotion of motorsport in the Sikkim, Darjeeling and North Bengal region. We have already made a mark in Bhutan through our Indo-Bhutan Car Rally and through these activities, we aspire to take the sport to every nook and corner of the country. It was a memorable experience for all of us and hopefully, there will be many more to come.”

Mr. Tamal Ghosal, Director of Just Sportz Mangement Pvt. Ltd. and Clerk of the Course (COC) of The Himalayan Drive said, “The Eastern Himalayas have a great potential for adventure sports and a TSD rally is the first step to unleash the prospect of motorsports in the region. We are thankful to enthusiastic Governments of West Bengal, Sikkim and GTA who helped us in executing this one-of-a-kind rally. After the success of this grand feast of thrilling action and adventure in West Bengal, Sikkim and Darjeeling hill areas, we are positive that our endeavours would encourage cross country motorsport events which would be second to none in the world.”

The rally route was for the most part on hill roads that are as high as 9500 feet above sea level. Day 1 of the rally saw the drivers covering a distance of 120km from Siliguri to Gangtok after the flag off. On the second day of the rally, the drivers covered 185km from Gangtok to Darjeeling, while on March 24 they headed back to Siliguri, covering 110 km, and concluded a journey filled with adventure, thrill and sport.

TSD rallying (Time Speed Distance) is a form of motor sport usually conducted on public roads (following traffic rules), but sometimes including off-road and track sections. The objective of these rallies is to maintain precise times and precise average speeds on various segments of a predefined route. Each team usually consists of a rider/driver and navigator. In a Time-Speed-Distance Format, the route instructions, in addition to instructions to keep a team on course also gives assigned speeds. This is where a common man can get his personal road car, with basic safety equipments as provided by the manufacturer, to participate and experience the thrill of motor rallying.

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