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.
Raid De Himalaya is considered India’s ultimate adventure in motorsport,pitting competitor and machine against the most extreme terrain and toughest conditions. A large number of teams are knocked out on account of mechanical problems in the vehicles caused by racing on the impossible terrain.
For the 13th consecutive year,Raid De Himalaya was an event on the annual calendars of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM),the governing bodies for auto-racing events globally.
CAC lifters emerge champs
Chandigarh: Central Air Command (CAC) lifted the overall trophy by garnering 144 points in the Air Force weightlifting championship held at Lacme Auditorium,3 BRD Air Force Station,on Friday. Eastern Air Command (EAC) finished runners-up with 137 points and South Western Command (SWC) stood third with133 points. In 105 kg category,Corporal PK Dubey of WAC stood first,Aircraftsman H Singh of MC took silver and Corporal D Mishra of SWAC got bronze. The New Air Force record was created by CPL PK Dubey in snatch by lifting 141 kg.
In +105 Kg category,Aircraftsman Shyopat Singh of CAC took the first position,Sergeant NSS Srinivas of EAC got silver and Sergeant S Mishra of TC bagged the bronze. AC Shyopat Singh created a new Air Force record in snatch by lifting 141 kg. The best lifter award went to Kl Meitei of CAC.Around 70 weightlifters of international / national repute participated in 56 Kg,69 Kg,77 Kg,85 Kg,94 Kg,105 Kg and +105 Kg categories.
94 kg: 1 Aircrafts man Sandeep Yadav (SWAC),2 Corporal Khasim (CAC),3 Junior Warrant Officer J Singh (EAC).