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Japanese GP: Vettel wins, Nico seventh

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saharaforceindiaSuzuka, Japan: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix from the pole on Sunday to close within four points of the top of the Formula One championship standings as leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari crashed out of the race at the first turn. Meanwhile Sahara Force India picked up six points as Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh place with teammate Paul Di Resta coming home at twelfth.

Sunny Sidhu bows out of Raid De Himalaya

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Raid De HimalayaShimla: Chandigarh champion rallyist, Sunny Sidhu, six time winner of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm had to bow out of the 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya on day one itself on account of mechanical failure in his vehicle.

Sunny, a top contender for the Raid crown, faced engine trouble in the third competitive stage of the event today from Chimni to Khanag. He was driving a Mahindra XUV for Team Mahindra at the event. After mechanical failure the XUV had to be towed out of the competitive zone.

14th Raid-de-Himalaya flagged off from Shimla

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Raid De HimalayaShimla: Maruti Suzuki's most endearing and challenging motorsport rally, the 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya was flagged off amidst much fervor and excitement by Sunila Dhar, Deputy General Manager (Marketing) in the presence of Manjeev Bhalla from Himalayan Motorsports Association.

The competition which is in its 14th year running is fraught with perils and undulating terrains. The Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya is the true test of a competitor’s dexterity in handling rough roads, uncertain and extreme weather conditions and the strength and endurance of his vehicle. The competition will require the participants to traverse a distance of 1800 kms and will span across 6 days. This year the first competitive leg of the rally will start off from Shimla on 7th Oct 2012 and culminate in Leh on 12th Oct 2012.

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