April 19 2012, Mumbai: Team Mahindra Adventure took the Dakshin Dare 2012 Rally by storm, making a clean sweep at the top titles, in the 4th edition of the gruelling five-day rally that concluded in Bangalore recently. The highlight of team Mahindra Adventure’s triumph, was the spectacular grit of the Mahindra XUV 500 and the determination displayed by their drivers, especially National champion Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sheriff) and Lohitt Urs (co-driver Chipong Chiwan), who zoomed to the top two spots in the Ultimate (Extreme) category. This victory marked a triumph for the magnificent car which became the first diesel SUV to win an extreme category in the history of Indian rallying.
The other drivers who made this a memorable rally for Team Mahindra Adventure were Sanjay Takale (co-driver Musthafa) and Karthick Maurthi (co-driver Sankar Anand) behind the wheel of Mahindra Scorpios, which finished first and second respectively in the Endurance category. To top it off, K.S. Venkatesh (co-driver Chandra Sekaran) steered his powerful Mahindra Thar past the finish line, ahead of the pack, in the Corporate category
Commenting on the daring success of the Mahindra Adventure rally team’s performance, Mr. Vivek Nayer, Sr. Vice-President, Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “This unprecedented clean sweep by Mahindra vehicles is a testimony to the tough and rugged 'Mahindra DNA'. Our vehicles have conquered the southern terrain with dogged determination and confidence, creating history in Indian motor sports. We are proud to have won one of the toughest rallies, and our winning teams deserve special mention for their unstinted passion to take on challenges, their spirit of adventure and their exceptional desire to win.”
Extreme Category: 1. Gaurav Gill/Musa Sheriff (Mahindra); 2. Lohitt Urs/Chipong Chiwan (Mahindra); 5. Suhem Kabeer/Jeeva Rathinam (Mahindra).
Endure Category: 1. Sanjay Takale/Musthafa (Mahindra); 2. Karthick Maruthi/Sankar Anand (Mahindra);
Corporate Category: 1.Venkatesh/Chendrasekaran (Mahindra)
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