The fifth Himalayas Rally got under way from Delhi on October 28 and ran into trouble two days later when Swedish driver Carl Gustaf Forsmark was killed as his jeep (car No.
GV Competitors lined up before start of rally
SV PAN FROM Car No. 8 (Philip Young UK) TO others
GV Car No. 1 (Jayant Shah, Kenya)
GV Car No. 6 (Women competitors Meena Bhanushali and Nisha Sutaria; (India)
GV Crowd looks on at start of rally
GV Car No. 1 moving off past camera
GV Car No. 6 (George Wesley Nalder; Australia) moves off at start of rally
GV Car No. 16 rounds bend in road
GV Car No. 18 (Kantilal Bhanushali; India) round bend and waves to camera
GV Swedish competitor Carl G. Forsmark in car No. 23 tries to overtake van
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: The fifth Himalayas Rally got under way from Delhi on October 28 and ran into trouble two days later when Swedish driver Carl Gustaf Forsmark was killed as his jeep (car No. 23) plunged off a mountain road and fell some 75 metres (250 feet). Forsmark is the first fatality of the annual rally through the world's tallest mountain range but previous problems have included the stoning of cars by local inhabitants angry at the waste of valuable petrol. Defending champion Jayant Shah of Kenya (car No. 1) staked an early claim for his third Himalayas title and remained in the lead half way through the second stage of the 4,000 kilometres (2,485 mile) rally. Second and third places were also held by Kenyan drivers Rajeev Knanna and Ramesh Khoda respectively. Among those also expected to feature strongly is Philip Young (car No. 8) of the UK, who has finished the course every year since 1980. This year's rally also sees a women's team competing for only the second time. Meena Bhanushali has previously acted as co-driver for her brother Kantilal but this year she and co-driver Nisha Sutaria are competing in their own right in an Indian Padmini Premier vehicle (car No. 61). They will be hoping to improve on the performance of France's Marianne Hoepfner and Oda Dencker-Anderson who came second in the inaugural event. Fifty nine teams began the gruelling six day event but as the difficult terrain takes its toll of drivers and machines, those numbers are likely to be severely depleted.