WRC 2018: Gaurav Gill finishes 12th in his WRC 2 debut at Rally Italia, Sardegna
MRF Tyre’s Gill has a successful WRC 2 debut, finishes 12th in Rally Italia Sardegna
Gaurav Gill managed to finish the rally weekend with a commendable 12th place in his WRC2 debut at Rally Italia Sardegna. Thursday’s round saw Gill pull off the 10th fastest time. He carried the same momentum into the stage on Friday, but at the end of SS5 Gill landed nose-first at a jump section. The incident damaged the front end of his M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 which meant he had to skip the Friday afternoon loop. The Fiesta R5 took a very heavy nosedive, forcing Gill to pull the car over to side.
However, M-Sport managed to get the car up and running and ready for battle in time for Saturday’s stages. Gaurav Gill was quickly picking up the pace on Saturday. He set the fourth fastest time in SS13 and managed to put himself into the top ten during the rally weekend. Even though he lost a lot of time due to the damaged car, he managed to finish close to an hour before the winner Jan Kopecky. Gill eventually finished 12th in the WRC2 class.
Gaurav Gill, said, “It was a tough event – this is the toughest of the WRC events across the season and the MRF Tyres performed well on the rough roads. I am very happy with where we sit after our first event. We took fourth in our category on stage 13 and today we continued to set very good times. The conditions today were very hot, much warmer than over the rest of the weekend but the roads were a little smoother. It is great to make it to this point and I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the MRF Tyres Ford Fiesta R5 at our next WRC event.”
Gaurav Gill will be seen in action at Rally Finland in July as part of a partial four-rally campaign in the WRC 2 class.