Sushant Thapa from Team Himachal Valley got the first runners up trophy in the third edition of Himalayan Auto Cross, a Himalyan Auto Cross Rally held in Dhalpur ground, Kullu. With a finishing time of 1 minute 54 Seconds and 97 micro seconds he bagged the second position with Ghanshayam 1:53:50 in the first position and Pawan Negi with timings 1:56:12 got the third position in the Open 4×4 Gypsy category. More than 100+ competitors from all over India participated in the rally under various categories. Sushant Thapa participated in the Himalayan Rally for the first time and gave tough competition to experienced participants who already represented in various national rallies including the prestigious Raid De Himalaya.
On his first time experience in the Himalayan Auto Cross Rally, Sushant Thapa said,
“Autocross is quite different from driving on road experience as there is an off road track in which you have to keep yourself safe from fouls and drive carefully on the corners and beat the speed timings of the other participants. It was my first time experience so I had to understand each and every detail myself while driving and analyzing the race track. It was quite tough because the other participants were experienced and they had already participated in many other national level competitions.”
He further added that,
“People should drive safely on road and should not consume any drugs and alcohol while driving.”
“Himalayan Autocross is a prestigious car rally helps the participants in improving their skills in ground. It is a great chance of learning especially for those who want to participate in the bigger rallies”-
Said Suresh Rana, 11 times winner of Raid De Himalaya and organizer of the Himalayan Auto Cross.
Born in Kullu and brought up in Nahan, Distt. Sirmaur, Sushant was born to Sh. Ved Prakash Bedi and Smt. Luxmi Rana on 13th February 1986. He got his education from Army Public School Nahan and Sports Hostel Rohru. He has also represented 17 National Football championships and 1 International under 19 Football championships in Nepal. Graduated from Post Graduate College Nahan and Rajiv Gandhi College Shimla, Sushant has done his legal studies from HPU Shimla. He is a digital media company owner- Zara Web Solutions Pvt. Ltd., travel-hotel booking portal- Tragopan Holidays Pvt. Ltd. and he also owns a herbal tea business known as Unbox Himachal Valley Pvt. Ltd.
Sushant represented Team Himachal Valley which is a web portal that represents the various travel related details along with the virtual tours of Himachal. Started in 2011 Himachal Valley is among the first few web portals and Facebook Fan pages for travel in Himachal Pradesh.