In a thrilling battle of grit and endurance, stretching over 2 countries, 5 days and 1050 kilometres of unadulterated cross country rallying, the brother duo of Sudip Ghosh and Arindam Ghosh emerged victorious in the Himalayan Drive 4 with 568 penalty points after leading the rally from start to finish.
Close on their heels was the team of veteran rallyist Jogendra Jaiswal and Prosenjit Roy who finished second separated by just 8 penalty points at 576, while driver Pratik Sarkar and navigator Debasish Ghosh secured the third position with 832 penalty points.
Bolpur lad Rajiv Sarkar and co-driver Chandu Sekhar settles for fourth position, just 4 points behind the second runners-up with 836 penalty points, while the experienced duo of Yogesh Mullick and Suvrajit Dutta completed the top five rankings with 864 penalty points.
Filled with excitement and challenge over a span of five days, one couldn’t really have asked for a more thrilling finish of Himalayan Drive 4 with the top two teams being separated by just 8 seconds and the third and fourth position being decided with a mere difference of 4 seconds.
25 teams from different parts of the country including North Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya participated in arguably eastern India’s biggest TSD cross country car rally which tested the toughness and determination of both man and machine.
This five leg TSD rally was ceremonially flagged off by senior government officials and corporate delegates on Saturday, February 27, from City Centre in Siliguri. The Himalayan Drive 4 kick started the following morning from the same veneu and traversed through the beautiful yet challenging mountainous landscapes of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan, navigated through the dense forests and river beds of Murti, the lush green tea gardens and picturesque mountains of Darjeeling before culminating at the Techno India Campus in Siliguri on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Leg 1 of the Himalayan Drive 4 was flagged off from City Centre in Siliguri and traversed through Canal Road, Baikanthapur Beat area, Saraswatipur Tea Estate, Gajoldoga, Lataguri, Murti, Binnaguri, Hasimara, and Jaigaon before entering Bhutan through Phuentsholing, and then going past Chapcha to end the day at the beautiful Paro valley.
The 2nd Leg began from the upscale Hotel Olathang in Paro, proceeded onto the Paro River bed, went through the Paro town, and then climbed up to the snow laden roads of Chelela Pass before culminating in Hotel Olathang.
Leg 3 was flagged off from Hotel Olathang by Governor of Paro, His Excellency Dasho Thinley Gyaltsen and then traversed through the Paro River bed, Chapcha, Phuentsholing, Jaigaon, Khola River bed, Central Dooar’s Tea Estate, Radharani Tea Estate, Chuapara Tea Estate, Kalchini, Hasimara, Chilapata Forest, Falakata, Birpara, Binnaguri to end the leg at Murti, near Gorumara National Park.
The 4th Leg started from Chapramari Forest and went through Khunia More, Samsing, Gorubatan, Damdim, Murti, Lataguri, Kailaspur Tea Estate, Odalbari, Sevoke Bridge, Mongpo, Jorebunglow, Ghoom, to end the day at Bhanu Bhavan in Darjeeling.
The 5th and final Leg was flagged off from Bhanu Bhavan in Darjeeling, and passed through Ghoom, Mirik, Bunkulung, Dudhia, Sukna Forest to culminate at the Techno India Campus in Siliguri.
The prize distribution was a gala affair attended by top government officials, foreign dignitaries and corporate honchos. The Himalayan Drive 4 was organised by Kolkata-based Just Sportz Management Pvt. Ltd., sponsored by JK Tyre and supported by Biswa Bangla, West Bengal Tourism and North Bengal Development Department.
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