The kick of the Monzón Rally of Mahindra Adventure begins in Mangaluru on July 5

MANGALURU: Main controller-browser pairs that include Vinod-Mustafa , Karthik Maruthi-Sakthi Vel - from Erode, Santhosh-Nagarajan of Coimbatore and Pramod-Prakash of Bengaluru will lead the challenge in Mahindra Adventure Monsoon Rally which begins with the ceremonial flag here on July 5. The real rally will depart from this coastal city on July 6 and will end in Ooty on July 7 with a one-night stop at Mysuru.

Musa Sherif, president of the Indian Motor Sports Club that organizes this major rally of TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) in India with Mahindra and Mahindra (Adventure Initiatives), said that all variants of the Mahindra lineup will be seen in this event. Approved by the Federation of Motorized Sports Clubs of India and held exclusively for owners of Mahindra vehicles, the event has attracted 40 confirmed entries, including those from local doctors, he said.

Ashwin Naik, secretary of IMSC, said that almost 80% of the entries received come from new entrants, along with a mix of names of celebrities mentioned above on the TSD rally circuit in India. The contestants will compete for the total cash prize of Rs 5.5 lakh on offer, Ashwin said, adding that the pre-rally recognition carried out many adventures for the participants. The route will have highways, roads and rugged stretches with Western Ghats as a backdrop, he said.

Participants can compete in any of the three main categories and four subcategories of them. The main categories are for professionals, open and amateurs with the last category, including corporate, ladies, couples and media. The route will take the participants first to Mysuru, traveling a distance of 360 km and 240 km from there to Ooty. Selvin Jose, manager, Mahindra and Mahindra (Initiatives of adventures) was present.