Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Returns With Another Exciting Edition

The interest of people in rally sports has increased tremendously over the past couple of years. And so, consequently, has the number of rallying events. Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, which is also known as the Mini Dakar Rally, has returned. This is the 14th edition of the event. It will be flagged off 4th of April from New Delhi. This time there is a new flexi format in the Xplore category. So, get ready to see some more fun, excitement and action in this 14th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2016.

Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2015 day 2

Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm returns with more excitement and fun

Mr. Vinay Pant, General Manager, Marketing, , Maruti Suzuki India while announcing the 14th edition of Desert Storm, said that with a focus on strengthening the connect with the youth of India, Maruti Suzuki keeps the thrill and adventure alive in participants and audience through pioneering motorsport rallies. They have always strived to promote motorsport in India. Through the rallies the participants get to explore their talent in off-roading while abiding to the safe driving philosophy. Over the years Maruti Suzuki rallies are considered to be at par with international standards; and by introducing new concepts like part-participation/flexi-format in Desert Storm, they are adding innovation and aim to reach out to a wider audience.

To shed some light on the format of the Rally, there will be four categories in which the rally will be held, these are – XTreme, NDure, Xplore & Moto. The six-day extreme event will cover over 2000 kms starting from New Delhi traversing through Hanumangarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer to conclude in Jodhpur on April 10, 2016. This time it has been anticipated that over 200 participants will show up in the rally. What new in this edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Rally is the addition of a part-participation/flexi-format in the Xplore category. This means that the Xplore category will be organized in two parts and it will depend on the participant whether to pick the entire 6 days or go for a shorter duration period (3 days, either the initial 3 or the final 3). The organizers have added this new option to encourage the participants who find it challenging to participate across all six days. Also, following some great response received in the previous edition, the concept of “night stage” has been sustained for over 160 kms in the rally.

Here’s is the schedule of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Rally 2016-




Night Halt

2-3 April, 2016 ScrutinyGreat India Place, Noida
3rd April, 2016 Ceremonial Flag offGreat India Place, Noida
4th April,20161Hanumangarh to BikanerBikaner
5th April, 20162Bikaner to JaisalmerJaisalmer
6-8 April, 20163-4JaisalmerJaisalmer
9th April, 20165JodhpurJodhpur
10th April, 2016 Prize DistributionJodhpur
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