2016 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm: Shifting sands
The only thing that is constant in rallying is change. That’s what makes the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm exciting
It was rather fascinating to be in the middle of a posh hotel in Noida and know that 20 years ago, there was a Triple Caution point in the Himalayan Rally just 200 metres from where I sat. The 2016 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm has come a long way and like Noida, the rally has changed. The event has gotten bigger and tougher over the years with this edition covering over 2,200km. 12 of the 13 stages were brand new too. This year, in the interest of safety, the organisers had also provided a GPS tracking device for every competitor’s vehicle....
Daruvala, who had sealed his second Formula 2 win with a dominating drive in the second sprint race on Saturday, was sluggish from second and clocked 56:41.936.
This was Bagnaia's debut success in the premier category after 10 wins combined in Moto2 and Moto3.