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2017 Raid de Himalaya Suresh Rana Seized Crown For 11th Time 1

2017 Raid de Himalaya saw Suresh Rana recording his 11th victory in the Xtreme Cars class while Abdul Wahid Tanveer led an all-TVS podium

Suresh Rana of Maruti Suzuki has dominated the proceedings as he cruised him way to victory in the 19th edition of Raid de Himalaya that was contested from Manali to Leh covering a distance of around 2,000 kilometers. While Rana triumphed in the Xtreme Cars category, another familiar face, TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer claimed his consecutive win in the Xtreme Bikes division.

The competitors had to endure six days of tough outing as the grueling challenge tested the perseverance of man and machine. So much that only 10 drivers has crossed the finish line in the Xtreme Cars category with Suresh Rana and co-pilot PVS Murthy took the top honours with an overall time of 9 hours 22 minutes and 17 seconds.

2017 Rally de Himalaya Suresh Rana Seized Crown For 11th TimeSaddled behind the wheel of a factory-prepped Grand Vitara, Suresh Rana beat his closest finisher Sanjay Razdan by 50 minutes and 57 seconds to record a staggering 11th victory at the demanding Raid de Himalaya. Wrapping up the final step of the podium was Sanjay Agarwal and navigator N Smitha by finishing an hour and 23 minutes behind the eventual winner.

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Dharam Pal Jhangra narrowly missed podium by less than three minutes and came home fourth driving Vitara. While the category saw an awash with Gypsy and Grand Vitara machines, Niju Padia and co-driver Sabatullah Khan finished fifth in Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and was the highest of the T2 class participants.

2017 Raid de Himalaya Suresh Rana Seized Crown For 11th Time 2In the second half of the top 10, Sandeep Sharma finished sixth ahead of Shuchi Thakur, Hukam Singh Rathore, Hav Mangal Singh and Amrinder Maj Singh Brar rounded out tenth position. The Xtreme Bikes class saw TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer and R Nataraj battling till the end as the former emerged victorious by completing the course three minutes ahead with a total time of 7 hours 44 minutes and 03 seconds.

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Nataraj had been on the lead for one-third of the cross country rally but Tanveer came back strongly and seized the crown by a whisker. With Rajendra taking third on his Apache RTR 200, it was a complete TVS showdown. Only 13 riders took the chequered flag as Imran Pasha ended up fourth ahead of Vishwas SD.

2017 Raid de Himalaya Suresh Rana Seized Crown For 11th Time 32017 Raid de Himalaya Results

Xtreme Cars:

Pos

Driver

Time

Gap

1

Suresh Rana

PVS Murthy

9hr22m17s

50m57s

2

Sanjay Razdan

Karan Aukta

10hr13m14s

1hr13m17s

3

Sanjay Agarwal

N Smitha

10hr35m34s

1hr23m24s

4

Dharam Pal Jhangra

Sultan

10hr45m41s

1hr26m06s

5

Niju Padia

Sabatullah Khan

10hr48m23s

1hr36m13s

6

Sandeep Sharma

Karan Arya

10hr58m30s

1hr57m15s

7

Shuchi Thakur

Shahid Salman

11hr19m32s

3hr21m20s

8

Hukam Singh Rathore

Dixyant Mann

12hr43m37s

3hr30m51s

9

Hav Mangal Singh

Yadav Singh

12hr53m08s

3hr30m51s

10

Amrinder Maj Singh Brar

Maj Pareek

14hr49m34s

5hr27m17s

Xtreme Bikes:

Pos

Rider

Time

Gap

1

Abdul Wahid Tanveer

7hr44m03s

2

R Nataraj

7hr47m03s

3m00s

3

Rajendra R E

8hr57m29s

1hr13m26s

4

Imran Pasha

9hr42m36s

1hr58m33s

5

Vishwas SD

9hr46m20s

2hr2m17s

6

Mohit Thakur

10hr01m39s

2hr17m36s

7

Rupinder Singh

10hr22m10s

2hr38m07s

8

Shujaat Mohd Khan

11hr21m06s

3hr37m03s

9

Rehan Khan

11hr27m56s

3hr43s53s

10

Pratik Prabhu Desai

11hr31m43s

3hr47m40s

11

Kanwar Bhanu Pratap Singh

11hr40m58s

3hr56m55s

12

Aishwarya Pissay

11hr43m13s

3hr59m10s

13

Gurjinder Singh Malwa

11hr44m43s

4hr00m40s

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