India APRC: Gill clean sweeps season with win in final race

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In-form Gaurav Gill clinched victory in the Wurth Asia-Pacific Rally Championship's India Rally, thereby completing a clean sweep in the intercontinental series in 2016.

Gaurav Gill and Glenn MacNeall, Skoda Fabia R5, Team MRF
Gaurav Gill and Glenn MacNeall, Skoda Fabia R5, Team MRF
Sanjay Takale, Noriko Takeshita, Subaru Impreza WRX, Cusco Racing
Fabian Kreim, Frank Christian, Skoda Fabia R5, Team MRF
Mike Young, Malcolm Read, Subaru Impreza WRX, Cusco Racing
Gaurav Gill and Glenn MacNeall, Skoda Fabia R5, Team MRF
Mike Young, Malcolm Read, Subaru Impreza WRX, Cusco Racing

Gill, who wrapped up the APRC title at the last round in Malaysia , continued his strong run at home turf, winning the first APRC rally in India in over a decade by 11m22.4s.

Such was the Team MRF driver’s dominance that he won 12 stages of the 17, completing the rally with an overall time of 3hr39m37.9s.

Gill’s co-driver Glenn Macneall, who missed a previous round due to clashing commitments, also secured the co-drivers title in the process.

In a fairly incident-free day, Cusco Racing's Mike Young (co-driver Malcolm Read) finished second overall to seal third position in the championship.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Takale made it two Indian drivers on the podium by clinching the third-spot, the veteran rallyist completing the two legs in 4hr03m.51s in the Subaru.

Yuya Sumiyama (co-driver Takahiro Yasui) was next in the classifications in fourth, while Team MRF Skoda’s Fabia Kreim (co-driver Frank Christian) returned from retirement to take fifth, winning four stages.

Finally, Phalguna V Urs (co-driver Chandramouli) was sixth and the last of the classified finishers.  

Final Results:

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

 Gaurav Gill

 Glenn Macneall

Skoda

3hr39m37.9s

 

2

 Mike Young

 Malcolm Read

Subaru

3hr51m00.3s

11m22.4s

3

 Sanjay Takle

 Noriko Takeshita

Subaru

4hr03m.51.0s

24m13.1s

4

 Yuya Sumiyama

 Takahiro Yasui

Subaru

10hr55m56.6s

07hr16m18.7s

5

 Fabian Kreim

 Frank Christian

Skoda

13:39:22.6

09hr59m44.7s

6

Phalguna V Urs

Chandramouli

Volkswagen Polo

15:48:55.0

12hr09m17.1s

 
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