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Gaurav Gill to make WRC2 return at Safari Rally subsequent week | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Making a WRC2 return after 2 years, Gill will compete within the rally behind the wheel of a Skoda Fabia R5.

India’s Gaurav Gill shall be competing within the 2022 Safari Rally in Kenya from June 23-26. This would be the Arjuna Awardee’s first World Rally Championship 2 (WRC2) outing in over two years.

  • Gaurav Gill returns to WRC2 after 2 years
  • His newest WRC2 outing shall be backed by JK Tyre
  • Shall be joined by Brazilian co-driver Gabriel Morales

Gill to drive a Skoda Fabia R5

This yr’s Safari Rally will characteristic a complete of 19 phases, protecting 363.44km on closed dust roads. The unpredictable climate provides to the problem, remodeling the dry and dusty trails into mud baths.

Backed by JK Tyre, Gill shall be driving a Skoda Fabia R5 that can churn out 291hp and 425Nm. Becoming a member of him shall be Brazilian co-driver Gabriel Morales.

WRC2 vehicles are homologated below Group Rally2 guidelines. The category is proscribed to production-based vehicles and the technical specs are strictly regulated, making it extra inexpensive for personal groups. The Fabia R5 has received the WRC2 and WRC2 classes from 2016 to 2019. It makes use of a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated with a 5-speed handbook gearbox.

Gaurav Gill WRC2 historical past

Gill is likely one of the most achieved rally racers in India, with three Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and 7 Indian Nationwide Rally Championship (INRC) titles to his title. He made his WRC2 debut in 2018, driving a Ford Fiesta R5 run by M-Sport. He participated in a complete of 4 rallies – in Italy, Finland, Wales and Australia – and received 11 phases.

In 2019, he spearheaded JK Tyre’s return to rallying, and the final WRC2 rally he had competed in earlier than this was the 2019 Rally of Turkey. He was poised for a top-five end when a transmission difficulty pressured him to retire.

“I’m excited to return to WRC after a hiatus of over two years. I’ve utilised these two years of the pandemic to replicate on my earlier participations and have labored on enhancing my health and efficiency holistically whereas partaking in numerous top-end actions moreover the Indian Nationwide Rally Championship. I’m grateful to JK Tyre Motorsports for his or her help and I’m optimistic of claiming good outcomes for the nation and the group,” mentioned Gill.

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