Chandigarh’s Gill finishes third in Raid de Himalaya in Adventure category
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Chandigarh's Jagmeet Gill finished third in the Raid Adventure category on the final day of the Raid-De-Himalaya, which concluded in Leh due to heavy snowfall on Friday. K Prasad claimed the top spot in the category while Satish Gopalkrishan of Bengaluru claimed the third spot.
Suresh Rana took the winners' trophy in the Extreme category on the final day of the event. Rana claimed the title for a record eighth time while Amanpreet Ahluwalia of New Delhi grabbed the second spot in the category. Lt Col. Shakti Bajaj of Indian Army grabbed the third spot in the Extreme category.
After going through the high mountain passes of Baralacha La, Jalori Jot, Rohtang La, Kunzum La and Yar La, the marathon motorsport event concluded at Leh. On account of snow at Wari La, one of the highest mountain passes in the world, the last competitive leg of the Raid scheduled on October 12 was cancelled. The results were calculated on the basis of the performance of the teams over the last five days. Of the total 50 entries in Raid Xtreme, only 16 teams managed to mark the finish line at Leh.
In the Raid Adventure (Cars - Class I) category, the first prize was bagged by Mahesh Kumar and JP Yadav of Gurgaon. The second prize in the same category went to Siddhartha Singh and Gaurav Aggarwal of Delhi. The third prize in this category was bagged by Chetan Joshi of Ahmedabad
CS Santosh of Bangalore was ranked first in the Xtreme (Motorcycles and Quads) category. Austrian Helmut Frauwallner was second in this category.
"We are happy that the rally concluded without any untoward incident. Wari La has snow and that's why we cancelled the last leg of the rally. But it is a tremendous show by the rallyists and co-drivers. The event was one of the toughest in recent years with the drivers going through snowfall and ice-crusted roads. It was a challenging task for all of us but in the end we are happy that the rally concluded without any major incident," shared Vijay Parmar, president, HMA.
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