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.
Yadav had held a comfortable 3m15s advantage after topping the opening two legs, but lost control just 4 km away from the finishing line in SS9. His Maruti Suzuki Gypsy nearly tumbled towards one side, and, while trying to take corrective action he crashed into the edge of the road.
The time lost in recovering the vehicle was enough for factory Maruti driver Rana to overthrow Yadav as the new Ultimate Cars leader. The two drivers are separated by just 1m13s with two stages still to go.
Behind, two-time Dakshin Dare Sandeep Yadav holds the third spot with a total time of 7hr05m46s.
Wednesday’s third leg comprised of three gravel stages in a hilly region near Chitradurga, with strong wind adding to the challenge. The total competitive distance for Ultimate Cars competitors was 106.32 km, while Ultimate Bike riders only had to go through 70.68 km of timed stages.
In that category, TVS Racing’s R Nataraj continues to hold the top spot from teammate Abdul Wahid, the latter currently sitting 1m56s adrift at the end of leg 3.
Sanjay Kumar remains very much in the fight for top honours with a total time of 4hr35m57s, just over five minutes behind Nataraj’s chart-topping time of 4hr29m30s.
Dakshin Dare: Yadav stays on top in cars, Nataraj new bikes leader
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