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Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya turns 15

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raid-de-himalaya-14thShimla: Leaving the Dakar Rally much behind, the Maruti Suzuki Raid The Himalaya will take on two of the highest mountain passes in the world this year – the Khardung La and the Wari La.

The Raid, the highest motorsport battle arena globally, turns 15 this year. It will run from October 4 to 12.
The highest altitude that the Dakar Rally touches is approximately 3,000 feet on a competitive stage. The Raiders will race to Khardung La, at an elevation of 5,602 meters (18,379 feet), and the Wari La, at an elevation of 5,250 meters (17,300 feet) above sea level in Ladakh.
In its 14-year history, the Raid has been able to conquer the Khardung La and the Wari La only once. The high mountain passes are marked by such heavy snowfall and blizzards that they have refused to yield way to motorsport enthusiasts from the country and abroad.

Mahindra fights for top five in fierce race

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mahindra-gpMahindra riders Miguel Oliveira and Efrén Vázquez finished seventh and 12th in Sunday’s San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix – both claiming more valuable championship points, but both disappointed to be denied better results by issues that spiked their guns.

Oliveira (18, from Portugal) was confident of a strong top five result as he held his place in a fierce group disputing fourth, holding his final attack in reserve for the closing stages of the 23-lap race round the 4.226-km Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. But even before the halfway stage he was stricken with painful arm-pump problems that made it an ordeal even to finish.

Even so, he fought to the end, finishing seventh in a tight group of five riders. Although Luis Salom had edged away for fourth by just over half a second, fifth to eighth places were covered by six tenths.

Spanish star Efrén Vázquez (27) had a harder job, after qualifying on the fifth row of the grid. He too was battling for inches in a big gang of Moto3™ riders, but a gear-shifting error meant he was also not able to fight to his maximum.

Vettel beats Alonso to win Italian Grand Prix

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sebastian-vettelMonza: Sebastian Vettel got the better of Fernando Alonso to win the Italian Grand Prix here on Sunday. With this win, the Red Bull driver extended his lead in the drivers' world championship to more than 50 points.

Vettel came home 5.4 seconds clear of Alonso, as the Ferrari driver thrilled with a battling chase in pursuit ahead of third-placed Australian Mark Webber in the second Red Bull and Brazilian Felipe Massa, fourth in the second Ferrari.

Meanwhile, starting from pole position, Vettel held his lead into the first chicane despite a determined charge from Mark, who started alongside his team-mate on the front row.

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