A round-up of this month’s motorsport happenings
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.