Gaurav Gill announces return to WRC!
After a two-year hiatus, three-time APRC champion and 7-time INRC champion, Gaurav Gill will be returning to the World Rally Championship in the WRC2 class. Gill will be participating in the WRC Rally Safari which is scheduled to take place from June 23 to 26, which is touted to be one of the toughest changes on the WRC calendar.
The only Arjuna Awardee for motorsport will be backed by JK Tyres and will be driving the Skoda Fabia R5 rally car in WRC2, and this pocket rocket which produces 286bhp of power and 425Nm of torque will be a promising contender in the hands of India’s rally champ. Gill will be supported by his Brazilian co-driver, Gabriel Morales.
Gill will be returning to WR2 after a two-year hiatus, after his outing at the Rally of Turkey in 2019, and here’s what the rally driver had to say about it. “I am excited to return to WRC after a hiatus of over 2 years. I have utilised these two years of pandemic to reflect on my previous participation and have worked on improving my fitness and performance holistically while engaging in various top end activities besides National Rally championship. I am thankful to JK Tyre Motorsports for their support and I am optimistic of claiming good results for the country and the team," Gaurav Gill said.
This foray into WRC also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the JK Tyres National Racing Championship which has helped promote motorsports at the grassroots level. The company has also announced a scholarship program of 300,000 Euros which will be used to nurture upcoming motorsport talent in the country. This scholarship will be awarded to 5 athletes across all verticals of motorsport and is bound to give the future of motorsport in India a much-need boost.