New Delhi: Sunny Sidhu has emerged the winner of the Maruti-Suzuki Desert Rally bettering his runner up position from the first edition. The Desert Rally is perhaps India's equivalent of the Paris Dakar Rally, though decidedly less gruelling. The rally covers only about 1,000 kilometres over four days through rocky terrain in Haryana and Rajasthan. 36 teams, including nine amateurs participated in the rally this time which was flagged off from the National Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday. The Desert Rally is one of the toughest Motorsport events in India, the dirt and sand dunes testing the skill of the drivers. Maruti-Suzuki, one of India's largest automobile companies have been the pioneers in motorsport in India and their most well known event continues to be the Raid De Himalyas which started in 1999. Of the 36 cars that were flagged off, only 16 managed to cross the finish line. Among the highlights of the rally were increasing number of women participants and the introduction of the navigator category to promote amateur rallying in India. The four-day event included the rocky terrain of the Bhatti mines and then on to Bikaner which is where the race finished. Defending champion Anil Wadia of Delhi was pushed to 2nd place.
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