Spain’s Lorenzo Santolino of TVS Racing won the country’s high endurance rally India Baja 2018 with the cumulative timings of 3 hours 38 minutes 46 seconds.
Santolino was followed by India’s CS Santosh of Hero MotoSports Team Rally with cumulative timings of 4 hours 3 minutes 18 seconds.
Santosh, who was breathing fire down the neck of Santolino till the very end, lost the Moto Category title due to a 30-minute penalty in the Special Stage (SS) 5, the last stage of the competition.
TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer was in the third position of Moto Category with cumulative timings of 4 hours 18 minutes 10 seconds.
Prize distribution ceremony held at Hotel Jaisalkot Jaisalmer in the presence of Mr. Anop Abraham from Isuzu Motors, Mr. Manav Kapoor from Steelbird Tyres, Dr. Harshil Mehta from Shalby hospitals, and Mr. Reza Kazerooni from Monster Energy.
A Special Awards Category for the Team Trophy went to Team Desert Raiders in the Xtreme Category and to Team TVS Racing in the Moto Category.
Apart from that, the Tuner Trophy went to Polaris India in the Xtreme Category and to TVS Racing in the Moto Category.
India Baja 2018 is the Indian edition of internationally coveted ‘Road to Dakar’ Challenge. The top eligible rider of the competition will be given a direct gratis entry to the Dakar Rally of 2020 and to the Afriquia Merzouga Rally of 2019.
The monetary advantages to the winner will amount to a whopping €20,000, covering the cost of his entry at both the competitions.