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201306 May



With the objective to promote motorsport in the eastern Himalayan region, JK Tyre has associated itself with the very first Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) Rally in the Sikkim region - the Himalayan Drive.


The Himalayan Drive was organised by Just Sportz Management Pvt. Ltd. with the joint support by the Government of Sikkim, West Bengal and GTA. The three-day event was flagged off on March 22, 2013 from Siliguri’s City Centre. The event has received participation from more than 50 drivers and navigators from Kolkata, Siliguri, North Bengal, Darjeeling and Gangtok. The 400 kms long rally traversed through the beautiful lush green landscapes of West Bengal and the mountainous terrains of Sikkim & Darjeeling Hills including tea gardens, forests of exotic flora and fauna as well as the majestic Teesta River.  


Sanjay Sharma, Head - Motorsport, JK Tyre & Industries Limited said, “We are delighted to be associated with The Himalayan Drive, which is a first of its kind endeavour in this part of India. This this heralds a new milestone in the promotion of motorsport in the Sikkim, Darjeeling and North Bengal region. We have already made a mark in Bhutan through our Indo-Bhutan Car Rally. Motorsport enthusiasts can look forward to a grand feast of thrilling action and adventure in West Bengal, Sikkim and Darjeeling hill areas, which promises some challenging terrain and breathtaking beauty, all in the beautiful backdrop of the mighty Eastern Himalayas.”


Tamal Ghosal, Director of Just Sportz Mangement Pvt. Ltd. and Clerk of the Course (COC) of The Himalayan Drive said, “The Eastern Himalayas has great potential for adventure sports and a TSD rally is the first step to unleash the great potential of motorsports in the region. With the able support of the enthusiastic Governments of West Bengal,, Sikkim & GTA we hope to create an iconic cross country motorsports event which will rival the best in the world.”




Winners of the Himalayan Drive



The rally route was for the most part on hill roads that were as high as 9500 feet above sea level. On the first day, the participants covered a distance of 120km from Siliguri to Gangtok. On the second day of the rally, the drivers drove for a distance of 185km from Gangtok to Darjeeling while the third and final day saw the participants head back to Siliguri covering a distance of 110 km.


The rally culminated at Siliguri on March 24, 2013 followed by the prize distribution ceremony which was held at the City Centre. SK. Ajgar Ali (Driver) and MK. Mohammad Mustafa (Navigator) won the Rally, while Soham Hazra (Driver) and Nirav Mehta (Navigator) and Subir Roy (Driver) and Amit Saha (Navigator) took second and third positions respectively.


An eleted Soham Hazra was heard commenting, “The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 2013 was certainly a challenging event that tested man and machine to the maximum. The rally route was breathtaking and I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this event."


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