Coimbatore: The duo of Imran and Rasheed shot into lead after clocking 01.33.42 in the `Ultimate` category of the second leg of Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare, on Tuesday.
The pair of Manoj Kumar and Uday Vaidya, driving a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, is close second with a timing of 01.35.00, followed by Sunil Shetty and Darayash D, who retained their third position after clocking 01.44.17 hrs.
After starting from the hot and humid Chennai to the climes of Kodaikanal on Monday, Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare the longest rally in Southern India , on Tuesday travelled to Coimbatore with the participants of `Ultimate` and `Endurance` categories taking two different routes.
The cars and bikes in `Ultimate` category drove downhill 76 km through the southern crest of Nilgiris for a special stage at the Pudumakkya canal that starts from the Pallaru Pulandur dam.
After going twice around the 28 km gravel track, interspersed with sudden stony patches and multiple deep bumps along, the rally went through a transport stage of 113 kms to reach here.
The `Endurance` participants, on the other hand, travelled down on the northern side instead and went through exotic locales like Themi, Bodhi, Kerala borders around Munnar, Kalahatti Plantations and Silver Storm Theme Park towards Coimbatore, a total distance of 457 kms.
In the `Ultimate` bikes segment, Pramod Joshua continued to lead with a timing of 01.21.03 hrs. Rohit Gowda and Venu Ramesh Kumar came up with a marvelous performance to overtake overnight leaders.
Rohit is now ranked second with a timing of 01.30.58 while Venu Ramesh is just a minute behind at third spot.
The rally traverses a distance of 2100 kms in the midst of incessant monsoon.