A round-up of this month’s mo­tor­sport hap­pen­ings

Evo India - - MOTOR SPORT -

BBY WIN­NING THE first rally of the 2016 Asia Pa­cific Rally Championship season, Delhi-boy Gau­rav Gill is in pole po­si­tion to claim the driver’s crown, the one which he seeks to re­claim af­ter win­ning it in 2013.

By pick­ing up his sec­ond win in New Zealand and his ninth in APRC, Gau­rav Gill gains early mo­men­tum for the 2016 APRC crown. In a rally where he saw his mas­sive lead be­ing cut-down to vir­tu­ally noth­ing, twice – due to ve­hi­cle is­sues – Gill aims to gain more driv­ing time in his spank­ing new Race-Torque pre­pared Skoda Fabia R5.

Gill and Aus­tralian co-driver Glenn MacNeall were just 1.2 sec­onds shy of team­mate Fabian Kreim and his co­driver Frank Chris­tian, on the su­per spe­cial stages on Fri­day. Dur­ing his first run Gill stopped at one junc­tion due to Mike Young’s road-stricken Subaru Im­preza WRX STi. He was told to carry on and hence lost pre­cious sec­onds in do­ing so.

In his sec­ond run, he was quicker than Hay­den Pad­don and his WRCspec Hyundai i20. Pad­don, who won his first WRC rally in Ar­gentina the week prior to the Whangarei rally, had re­turned for his home rally.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.