Hitesh Sharma Wins Himalayan Autocross
Himachal This Week
Hitesh Sharma from Manali was adjudged overall winner of the first national Himalayan Autocross rally that was organised on challenging dirt track of the country designed by a group of rally enthusiasts. As many as 75 participants took part in this two-day rally, which was preferrably designed for Himachalis. There were men, women, veterans, professional racers and novice who took part in different races in car, 4X4 extreme and motorbike categories. Hitesh Sharma was the overall winner in 4X4 extreme category. Sahil Khanna clocked lowest time in car category and Amit Kapoor finished at first place motorbike category. In 4X4 category, the second place was secured by Chandan Sharma from Manali. Sahil Sharma from Manali and Ankit Guleria from Hamirpur bagged the second and thrid positions respectively in motorbike category. Mohit Malik was adjudged second in car category. The organisers under the banner of Himalayan Xtreme Sports Association intend to develop world class infrastructure to host international events. Last year the organisers had accepted entries only from Himachal rally enthusiasts to promote the sport among local youth. This is the only dirt track for rally in Himachal having total length just over 2.5km spread that is spread over 50 bigha of private land at Patlikuhal, 20 kilomtres from Manali. Himachal’s king of motorsport and country’s top rallyist Suresh Rana has been teaching young rallyists the art and tricks of rally driving in his Raptors Driving School in Manali. He even designed the track, which has hurdles like river crossing, dirt, sand, gravel, boulders, sharp turns, slush and jumps. “Though the entry is open for all, our first preference is rallyist from Himachal. We have worked on safety of the drivers and viewers on the track. This track, no doubt among the most beautiful but challenging tracks of the country, has offered a platform for rally lovers of the country,” says Rana.
Mandi Is Wushu Champion
Himachal This Week
Mandi district clinched the overall champion title in the 13th Sub-junior and Junior Wushu Championship for boys and girls. The championship was organised in Balh in which 125 wushu players from across the state proved their mettle. Chamba and Kullu stood on the second and third spots respectively. In various categories, the matches were organised during the event. In different categories in girls section, Kashish from Mandi, Shagun also from Mandi, Anshu from Kullu and Shivanshi from Mandi stood first. In boys section, Pradyuman of Bilaspur secured first position in 48 kg category. Sahil from Mandi clinched gold medal in 52 kg category. In 56 and 60 kg categories, Pawan and Akash from Mandi secured first positions respectively. In 70 kg category, Sher Singh from Mandi bagged gold medal. All the winners were honoured at the end of the event.
Koti Golf Cup At Naldehra From September 8
Himachal This Week
Koti Golf Cup, an annual golf tournament since 1999, is scheduled to be played at Naldehra Golf Club from September 8 to September 10 , 2017. This event is organised by the family of erstwhile Koti State every year. Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh has given patronage since inception of this tournament and appreciated the family for encouraging local golfers to excel in this sport. The present golf pavilion has been named after first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Yashwant Singh Parmar, who himself was an avid golfer. Brigadier B.S. Kanwar, Captain of the Naldehra Golf Course said that the golfers will exhibit their skills in upcoming Koti Golf Tournament. Ali Sher, an international golfer will mark his presence in the tournament and sharpen the skills of the golfers. The invited golfers from North India will vie for the Koti Golf Cup. The renowned golfers and VIPs are expected to participate in the event. The legacy of Lord Curzon, the Naldehra Golf Club is one of the oldest Golf course of the country. This 18 hole golf course is situated at 2200 meters above the sea level and designed on long sloping glade. It is surrounded by thick forest and offers wide view of Himalayan ranges.