The Desert Dash 2013 was flagged off from New Delhi on the 21st of December. The 5 day event culminated on the 25th of December with the prize distribution and rally ball at Lebua Resort, Jaipur.
The 2013 event featured some new routes and properties. A mock Leg Zero held on the 21st of December prepared participants for the competition ahead.
There were 12 participants in the event and included senior executives in their SUVs including the Range Rover Vogue, Mercedes ML and GL 350, Mitsubishi Montero & Pajero Sport, Nissan Xtrail, Toyota Fortuner as well as a Mahindra Thar.
The vehicle scrutiny and the drivers briefing were held at the Mapple Emerald, New Delhi and was followed by the ceremonial flag-off from the same venue.
The event was divided into 4 legs spread over 4 days:
Leg 1 – Alsisar Mahal to Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner;
Leg 2 – Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner to Suryagarh Fort, Jaisalmer
Leg 3 – Suryagarh Fort, Jaisalmer to Khimsar Fort
Leg 4 – Khimsar Fort to Lebua Resort, Jaipur
Participants drove across the scenic desert countryside and also along the Indira Gandhi irrigation canal close to the international border with Pakistan. Surprise time controls were placed all along the route. Penalties accumulated over 4 days determined the final ranking. Each day ended with a gala dinner and entertainment at the night halt venues including Alsisar Mahal, Lallgarh Palace, Suryagarh Fort, Khimsar Fort and the Lebua Resort.
The event concluded with a grand prize distribution and rally ball in the lawns of the Lebua Resort.
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