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4th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm car rally begins tomorrow

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Mumbai, Apr 11 (UNI) Maruti's annual rendezvous with the desert is back this year with the 4th Maruti Suzuki Rally Desert Storm 2006 beginning tomorrow.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is expected to flag-off the five-day rally from Delhi's National stadium tomorrow.

After the flag-off, the rally will proceed to Rajasthan to take on the hot sands. Over the next four days, the rally will traverse gravel and dry desert wilderness and will conclude in Jaipur on April 16, a release issued here today stated.

For this year's event, more than 60 teams are participating in the car category. These include 35 professional rallyists and 26 amateurs. Additionally, 21 biker teams are participating.

Interestingly, there are some women teams and 'husband-wife' teams participating this year. Indian Army and Air Force have also sent their teams. The amateur category has attracted the highest participation this year. The 'professional' participants will have their cars and bikes prepared as per MAI specification, the release added.

Last year's champions Sunny Sidhu (car category) and Nipendra Jassi (bike category) will defend their crowns this year also.

Covering a distance of about 1,340 km, the rally this year will be tougher, with more competitive sections added. The rally will run through various sectors in Rajasthan like Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Pushkar and Sambhar.

The Rally is being organised by Northern Motorsport.

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