Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare motor rally’s season 6 entered the third day of competition as rain finally took a halt bringing in a bright sunny day. Starting from the Vidyanagar township, the rally moved ahead to the Canal stage. Situated right next to the Tungabhadra canal, the flat track featured many ditches and patches of slush.
The Extreme Car category drivers travelled a total distance of 100 kilometres during the day, with all Maruti Gypsy cars leading on day three. Team Maruti’s Sandeep Sharma and Varun Davessar in their Maruti Gypsy continued to maintain the lead, clocking a total time of 1:57:19. Upholding their stance in the second spot, the same as yesterday were Team Maruti drivers Sanjay Agarwal and Venu Ramesh Kumar closing at 1:58:52 in their Maruti Gypsy. Determined to move up the table, nine time Raid de Himalaya champion Suresh Rana and Parminder Thakur scorched the track in their Maruti Gypsy, to better their position from yesterday, finally finishing third by end of day 3 with a time of 1:59:23.
In the Extreme Bike category, achieving a hat-trick on day three and maintaining the same ranks since the beginning of the rally is defending champion of Dakshin Dare 2013, Natraj (1:36:05), Mohit Verma (1:40:04) and Pramod Joshua (1:44:28) stood first, second and third respectively.
Team Maruti also maintained its lead in the Endurance category for the third day in a row, with a penalty time of 1:36 as the vehicles traversed 300 kms from Shimoga to Hospet on day three. Grabbing the second spot, Sachin Singh and Pratima finished the day with a penalty time of 2:14. Again in third place were Ganesh Murthy and T Nagarajan of Team Maruti.
Extreme Results after day 3:
- Extreme Cars: Sandeep Sharma/Varun Davessar (1:57:19), Sanjay Agarwal/Venu Ramesh Kumar (1:58:52), Suresh Rana/Parminder Thakur (1:59:23)
- Extreme Bikes: Natraj (1:36:05), Mohit Verma (1:40:04), Pramod Joshua (1:44:28)
- Endurance Results after day 3:
- Kartik Maruti/Shankar Anand (1:36), Sachin Singh/Pratima (2:14), Ganesh Murthy/Nagarajan (2:26)