PARO (BHUTAN): National champions Asgar Ali and Mohammed Mustafa hung on to their lead for the third successive day to remain firm favourites to take the Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive championship here on Tuesday.
Ali and his navigator Mustafa once again tackled the hilly terrain with aplomb to stay comfortably ahead of all their challengers in the national category. The rallyists began the third leg from Paro in Bhutan in the morning and made their way to Darjeeling as dusk enveloped the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’.
Deep Dutta and Prakash Muthuswamy made their charge, moving from the third position to the second. The overnight second-placed duo of Subir Roy and Nirav Mehta suffered a technical problem and slipped several rungs.