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Coimbatore INRC: Shivram wins ahead of Ilyas

Team Akshara’s Chetan Shivram won the second round of the Indian National Rally Championship on Sunday, as six-time series champion Gaurav Gill retired from Rally Coimbatore.

Gaurav Gill eases to victory in Dakshin Dare

Mahindra Adventure driver Gaurav Gill maintained his unbeaten record in Dakshin Dare with an easy run to victory in the 2019 edition of the event.

South India INRC: Mascarenhas wins, Gill recovers to third

Team Champions’ Dean Mascarenhas claimed victory in the opening round of the Indian National Rally Championship, while factory Mahindra driver Gaurav Gill put on a charging display to claim the final spot on the podium.

Mahindra unveils rally-spec Super XUV300

Mahindra has taken the covers off the Super XUV300 ahead of its debut in the Indian National Rally Championship this weekend.

JK Tyre relaunches national rally team with Gaurav Gill

JK Tyre will return to the Indian National Rally Championship with a factory team spearheaded by three-time Asia Pacific Rally Champion Gaurav Gill.

Maruti Suzuki explains why it quit rallying in India

India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki says it abruptly quit Indian motorsport in the middle of 2018 because its rallying initiatives had “more or less served” its purpose.

Gill: Maruti should see rallying as more than "competiton to win"

Factory Mahindra driver Gaurav Gill says Maruti Suzuki should see cross-country rallying as more than a “competition to win”, following the manufacturer’s abrupt exit from Indian motorsports.

Indian rallies need "more security" to introduce roadbooks - Metge

Sherco TVS ace Adrien Metge says Indian cross-country rallies need to ramp up security around their events before they can consider replacing GPS devices with roadbooks.

Desert Storm: Mishra wins as Mahindra falters

Aabhishek Mishra lodged his second consecutive victory in Desert Storm on Saturday after the factory Mahindra team was hobbled by a spate of technical issues.

Desert Storm: TVS rider Metge takes emphatic Moto win

TVS Racing rider Adrien Metge led the Desert Storm rally from start to finish to take an emphatic five-minute victory over Hero MotoSports rival CS Santosh.

Technical issues put Gill out of Desert Storm contention

Factory Mahindra driver Gaurav Gill has dropped out of contention in Desert Storm after losing over an hour in the penultimate leg due to a technical issue.

Calendar for 2019 Indian National Rally Championship unveiled

FMSCI has unveiled a six-round calendar for the 2019 Indian National Rally Championship, the first to be held by new promoter Champions Yacht Club.

Bengauluru INRC: Ilyas beats Mascarenhas to win opener

Younus Ilyas emerged victorious in the curtain-raising round of the Indian National Rally Championship in Bengaluru after staving off a late challenge from chief rival Dean Mascarenhas.

Beating Mahindra for INRC wins driving force for Volkswagen

Sirish Vissa says beating the factory Mahindra team with customer-entered Polo cars is a big driving force for Volkswagen Motorsport India.

Volkswagen open to more factory INRC entries with Polo R2

Volkswagen Motorsport will “evaluate” further factory entries in the Indian National Rally Championship with the Polo R2, but is unable to commit to anything at present.

Popular Rally: Sixth INRC title for Gaurav Gill

Mahindra Adventure stalwart Gaurav Gill became the Indian National Rally Champion for the sixth time with a convincing victory in the season-concluding Popular Rally on Sunday.

Chikmagalur INRC: Kadur wins from Ghosh

Karna Kadur cruised to victory in the penultimate round of Indian National Rally Championship in Chikmagalur, while Gaurav Gill staged an emphatic comeback to finish fifth overall in Coffee Day India rally.

Chikmagalur INRC: Kadur takes lead after Gill's retirement

Karna Kadur moved into the lead of the Chikmagalur round of the Indian National Rally Championship after overnight leader Gaurav Gill suffered an unfortunate retirement in the final stage of Saturday.

Arunachal INRC: Gill leads Urs after Saturday

Gaurav Gill built a sizeable gap on the opening day of Rally of Arunachal, as Phalguna Urs denied Mahindra Adventure a 1-2 finish.

TVS secures National 2W Rally Championship title

TVS Racing enjoyed another successful year in the MRF National 2W Rally Championship, clinching titles in four out of five categories.

Opinion: Organisers should avoid clashes in domestic motorsport

India’s domestic motorsport calendar isn’t the most packed in the world. Far from it. Yet we somehow still manage to have date clashes between major races and rallies.

Raid de Himalaya: Saikia and Nataraj crowned champions

Team Polaris’ Arindam Saikia and TVS Racing rider R Nataraj were crowned champions in their respective categories of Raid de Himalaya following the conclusion of the final leg on Saturday.

Raid de Himalaya ushers into new era after Maruti exit

The 20th edition of Raid de Himalaya marks the start of a new era for India’s most prestigious cross-country rally, but can the organisers tap its full potential?

Dakshin Dare: Gill scores dominant win on Mahindra's return

Gaurav Gill led a dominant 1-2 finish for Mahindra Adventure in Dakshin Dare, defeating a trio of Maruti Suzuki drivers with relative ease.

India Baja: TVS rider Santolino and Saikia score wins

TVS Racing’s Lorenzo Santolino secured victory in the Moto class of India Baja, beating India’s only Dakar finisher CS Santosh.

Vicky Chandhok to make rallying return in INRC Chennai

Vicky Chandhok will compete in the opening round of Indian National Rally Championship in Chennai this weekend, ending a 17-year rallying hiatus.

India's Billy Monger - the inspiring story of Vikram Agnihotri

Vikram Agnihotri may have lost his arms at a tender age of seven, but that was hardly a deterrent for him to take part in the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 40 years later.

Rallying under the stars - night stages in Desert Storm

This year’s Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm featured several night stages, providing an added challenge for some of India’s best cross-country rallyists.

Privateers shine at this year's Desert Storm

It was refreshing to see privateers bag wins in this year’s Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, while majority of the manufacturers struggled to even make it to the finish.

Desert Storm: Mishra and Mare declared Xtreme and Moto winners

Privateer Aabhishek Mishra (co-driver V Venu Rameshkumar) and South African Mare took top honours in the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm following the final leg on Friday.

Desert Storm: Mishra, Mare inch closer to wins after Leg 4

Privateers Aabhishek Mishra and Aaron Mare lead Xtreme and Moto category respectively ahead of the final day’s running in the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm.

Desert Storm: Mishra stays on top in Xtreme, Mare assumes Moto lead

Aabhishek Mishra continues to lead the Xtreme category of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm after Leg 3, while Aaron Mare took over the top spot in the Moto class.

Desert Storm: Mishra passes Rana for lead, Santosh holds Moto top spot

Aabhishek Mishra jet past Suresh Rana in Leg 2 to take the lead in the Xtreme category of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, while Hero’s CS Santosh continues his stranglehold in the Moto class.

Desert Storm: Rana, Santosh top opening leg

Suresh Rana and CS Santosh drew first blood as the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm cross-country rally began in earnest on Monday.

ExxonMobil partners with Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm

ExxonMobil partners with Maruti Suzuki Motorsport as official lubricant partner for its 2018 adventure motorsporting event - Desert Storm.

Desert Storm preview: Santosh and Rana headline 2018 event

The 2018 edition of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm will get underway today in Bikaner, Rajasthan and there are plenty of heavyweights in both Xtreme and Moto categories.

Bangalore INRC: Gill clinches fifth title with win

Mahindra’s Gaurav Gill won the season-concluding K-1000 Rally in Bangalore to clinch his fifth Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) title.

Arunachal INRC: Gill moves closer to title with win

Mahindra’s Gaurav Gill claimed an easy win in the Rally of Arunachal to inch a step closer to his fifth Indian National Rally Championship title.

How organisers ensure safety at Raid de Himalaya

Raid de Himalaya arguably remains India’s most dangerous cross-country rally, despite several precautionary measures taken by the organisers.

44 retirements in 2017 Raid de Himalaya

Raid de Himalaya turned out to be a tough nut to crack this year, with 44 competitors retiring from the prestigious cross-country rally across both categories.

Raid de Himalaya: Rana and Tanveer crowned champions

Maruti Suzuki’s Suresh Rana claimed a dominant victory in the Xtreme Cars category of the Raid de Himalaya, while TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer notched up his second successive Xtreme Bikes title.

Raid de Himalaya: Rana stays on top, Tanveer overthrows Nataraj

Maruti Suzuki’s Suresh Rana continues to lead the Xtreme Cars category in the Raid de Himalaya after Leg 3, while the Xtreme Bikes category saw a new leader in the form of Abdul Wahid Tanveer.

Raid de Himalaya preview: Rana, TVS riders favourite for win

India’s top cross-country rallyists will assemble in Manali this weekend for the start of Raid de Himalaya, considered by many to be the country’s most prestigious motorsport event.

Rajasthan INRC: Gill eases to second victory of 2017

Team Mahindra Adventure’s Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) took an emphatic victory in the third round of the Indian National Rally Championship, the Rally of Rajasthan.

Gill aiming to clear misconceptions on rallying

Two-time Asia-Pacific rally champion Gaurav Gill has kept the Indian flag flying high in the rallying world.

Opinion: One-off events like Raid, Desert Storm need more promotion

Rallying provides a great platform to involve the general public, but efforts need to be made to boost participation in such events.

Something to learn from the Raj days

Today is the second death anniversary of former Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India President Bharat Raj. He passed away suddenly, while at the helm of affairs.

Opinion: Why leave motorsport out of the Arjuna Award?

It was another frustrating day for Indian motorsport when the Arjuna Awards list was announced.

Coimbatore INRC: Gill storms to victory in first round

Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) won the MRF Rally of Coimbatore on Sunday.

Coimbatore INRC: Kadur, Gill the ones to watch out for

Defending champion Karna Kadur and multiple National champion Gaurav Gill will be the cynosure in the MRF Rally of Coimbatore on Sunday.

Opinion: Once-popular INRC needs that big push

The start of the four-wheeler rally championship is one of the most exciting on the Indian motorsport calendar.

Dakshin Dare: Rana and Nataraj crowned champions

Team Maruti Suzuki driver Suresh Rana and TVS Racing ace R Nataraj have won the 2017 edition of Dakshin Dare cross-country rally in their respective categories.

Dakshin Dare: Rana takes cars lead, Nataraj stays on top in bikes

Defending champion Suresh Rana rose to the lead in the Ultimate Cars category of Dakshin Dare after erstwhile leader Samrat Yadav’s car crashed in the third leg on Wednesday.

Dakshin Dare: Yadav stays on top in cars, Nataraj new bikes leader

Samrat Yadav continues to hold the top spot in the Ultimate Cars category of Dakshin Dare, while R Nataraj emerged as the new Ultimate Bikes leader after the second leg on Tuesday.

Maruti considering entering Indian Rally Championship

Maruti Suzuki is mulling a potential entry in the Indian Rally Championship in next “one-two years”, according to the manufacturer’s affiliated driver Suresh Rana.

Dakshin Dare preview: Challenging new stages, intense competition

The ninth edition of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare gets underway on July 16 with the flag-off ceremony from a central location in Bangalore.

India Baja: Hero's Rodrigues, Chiripal take wins

Hero MotoSports’ Joaquim Rodrigues has been crowned the Moto class winner in the second edition of India Baja, after defeating a quartet of TVS Racing bikes during the two-day cross-country rally in Jaisalmer.

Hero and TVS to battle for India Baja crown

Hero and TVS will battle for supremacy in the second edition of India Baja in Jaisalmer this weekend.

Nataraj relishes 2017 Desert Storm Moto class victory

TVS Racing's R Nataraj says he is satisfied with his performance in the 2017 edition of the Desert Storm, where he took the Moto category win ahead of teammate Tanveer Abdul Wahid.