Pooja Goyal

Chandigarh, August 8

We drove for 4 days covering 1500 kilometres in the slushy and slippery terrains of South India. With only 3-4hours of sleep every night and a power-packed drive of 12 hours every day, we completed the race. It was a true test of endurance for man and machine alike, said Harvinder Bhola from Chandigarh, driver, team Harjee Motorsports.

Dakshin Dare is South India’s biggest and India’s toughest cross-country motorsports rally organised every year, for last 11 years. This year’s rally was organised in Karnataka by Federation of motorsport club of India. The first leg flagged-off in Bengaluru on 28th July, routing through Yellapur and finished at Hubli on 2nd August. This was a route constructed to extract the maximum out of competitors and their cars and push them to their extremes.

Team Harjee Motorsport from Chandigarh with driver Harvinder Bhola and navigator Chirag Thakur participated in T2 category and secured the first position in their own Category (T2 upto 1400cc 4×4 vehicles) and Overall 3rd Position among the total 33 participating cars, out of which only 16 finished the rally. They drove Maruti Suzuki Gypsy 1400cc 4×4 car.

The toughest part of the rally was the continuous pouring of rain that made the track extremely slippery and slushy, shared Harvinder. Sharing an incidence, he said, one of the competing cars got stuck in the slush. We stopped and helped them by towing the car out of the slush with our own vehicle, wasted 5 mins of precious time, risked our own position in the competition. But for us humanity is more important than any competition, said Harvinder

The scariest part for me was when we went sideways on two tyres while taking a turn at very high speed, said Chirag.

Harvinder and Chirag are national-level motor sport rallyist for more than 10 years and each rally brings them new challenges.

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