Maruthi wins for Maruti

With co-driver Anand, Karthick se­cures max­i­mum points again for the 2016 NTSDRC championsh­ip

Evo India - - MOTOR SPORT - Words by: Aatish Misra

TTHE SEC­OND ROUND of the Maruti Suzuki Na­tional Su­per­league TSD Rally Championsh­ip was flagged off in Pune on May 13, 2016 and ended in Goa on May 16, 2016. Karthick Maruthi and S Sankar Anand in their Vi­tara Brezza came out on top with a to­tal of 15 min­utes and 6 sec­onds of penal­ties, win­ning back-to­back ral­lies and ex­tend­ing their lead in the championsh­ip.

Na­tional Su­per­league TSD rally championsh­ip fol­lows the Time Speed Dis­tance for­mat, but what makes it dif­fer­ent are the ‘Tests’. Tests are spe­cial stages that do not fol­low the TSD for­mat and could be any­thing from driv­ing a stage or putting the nav­i­ga­tor through some tricky cal­cu­la­tions. The first test in­volved driv­ing through a dirt track course with dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cles and de­cided the start or­der for the 14th.

On May 14, drivers be­gan from Pune and jour­neyed west to­wards Guha­gar. With 321km of driv­ing, con­tes­tants trav­elled through the Sahyadri moun­tains to the Konkan coast. The day ended with the sec­ond test which mim­icked a short rally stage. At the end of the day, Maruthi and Anand led the stand­ings with 10 min­utes and 48 sec­onds of penal­ties. San­deep Dod­hi­wala and Dhin­gra were in sec­ond, trail­ing the lead­ers by a minute and Su­bir Roy and co-driver Ni­rav Me­hta stood third a fur­ther 10 sec­onds be­hind.

On May 15, the rally trav­elled south along the western coast from Guha­gar in the Rat­na­giri dis­trict to Goa. The dis­tance trav­elled on the sec­ond day was 413km, in­clud­ing a third test that took place en route. While Maruthi re­mained on top, both Dod­hi­wala and Roy dropped lower down in the or­der al­low­ing Sachin Singh and Prakash M to take sec­ond, and Aj­gar Ali and M. Musthafa to place third. The championsh­ip heads to Ker­ala next for the Back­wa­ter Rally from June 16-19. ⌧

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