Rookie Brother and Sister Duo Ready to Achieve Rally Dreams at STPR

Posted May 28, 2015 on

Northern Sky Rally Team (NSRT), a new rookie rally team from New Jersey comprising of Aakash and Uttara Desai, a brother-sister duo from Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ respectively, will be making their competitive debut on the fast and technical gravel stages of the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally on June 5 and 6th of 2015.

As long time marshals and fans of the famous Pennsylvania rally, this will be the team’s “home” event which they will contest in a rented 2000 Subaru Impreza, built by Mt Washington 2WD record holder William Petrow of Broken Motorsports.

Having been rally enthusiasts for all their lives, the siblings grew up marshaling at the Dubai International Rally, part of the Middle East Rally Championship and subsequently brought with them their rally madness when they migrated to the US back in the late 90’s.

After years of spectating and marshaling in the US, Aakash and Uttara have finally made the switch from marshals to competitors. The build-up and excitement leading up to the rally is evident within the small family-oriented team. With the help of family, friends, the close-knit rally community and anonymous funders, a successful crowd-funding, crowd-sourcing campaign in late 2014/early 2015, was instrumental for the team to be able to raise funds to compete in two events this year.

NSRT Co-driver Uttara Desai on how STPR became their favorite rally and why it was chosen to be their debut event, “Our introduction to STPR was back in 2002 when the late great Mark Lovell, who was driving for Subaru came screaming down PA-287, getting the tires warmed up as we were filling up gas early in the morning just before we entered town. As we heard him and subsequently saw his car, both of us just looked at each other, and we had the biggest smiles across our faces. It was priceless. We not only became instant fans of Lovell’s but that day on we knew that one day we would compete at STPR.”


NSRT thanks Shwetha Srinivas, Anoushka Jaya Desai, Pallavi Desai, Pramathesh Desai, Nimitt Mankad, Daven Brijlall, Gauri Srinivas, Genevieve Paquette, Marc Paquette, Luc Paquette, Elizabeth Bhoj, Vijay Bhoj, Indu Bhoj, Leela Bhoj, Linda Roos, Kyle Roos, Sujoy Banerjee, Joe Tuccillo, Simon Wright, Ankur Mankad, Shail Mankad, Nikolina Icitovic, Jaspreet Bakshi, Luka Icitovic-Bakshi, Jagruti Dadia, Monica Shah, and to the folks who support us anonymously.

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