Love of racing: Magsi wins 15th Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally

In final round, 43 vehicles participated in race

​ Our Correspondents February 17, 2020

BAHAWALPUR: The 15th annual Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally Festival has concluded with all of its festivities. According to unofficial results, defending champion Nadir Magsi won the title of the race. Magsi completed a distance of 480 kilometres, in two rounds, during four hours and fifty minutes.

Zain Mahmood secured second position and Faisal Shadi Khel third.

In the women's category, Tashna Patel successfully defended the title, while Maham Shirazi was the runner up and Salma Marwat secured the third position.

As per details obtained by The Express Tribune, in the final round of the Cholistan jeep rally, 43 vehicles from the prepaid category participated in the race. During the race, six vehicles were disqualified after various accidents.

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During this time, cultural dance performances including bhangra took place at the beat of the drum. Stringent security arrangements were made during the Cholistan jeep rally.

Army personnel, rangers, traffic wardens and police personnel were deployed for the security. Paragliding was also demonstrated during the rally.

On the last day of the rally, a large number of citizens arrived at the race site. The results were announced at the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab office in Cholistan. Prizes worth millions were distributed among the winners of the race.

Bike rally

A bike rally was held for the first time during the 15th annual Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally. As many as 15 bikers raced their motorcycles on a 15-kilometre track.

Zulfiqar Ali and Mohsin Ali of Harunabad Club led their respective teams. The bikers wore full kits. Reportedly, there was a sharp contest between the bikers and, during this time, the enthusiasm of the audience rose. Moin Khan was winner of the bike rally while Shamil was the runner up.

There was a time difference of only three seconds between the two bikers while Naeem Khan secured the third position. Bikers and audience celebrated the success with zeal. Moreover, during the bike race, two motorbikes hit each other and were subsequently disqualified.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2020.


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