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Gaurav Gill was 4 seconds behind Kreim as he started leg three. But he pushed hard to catch up his team mate and eventually won by a comfortable margin. Happy with his victory Gill said, “It’s a great result for me and for the team. We like this rally and it always teaches you a lot, and today we managed to push a bit harder and got the desired result. “Although I’m still learning the set up of the car and we haven’t quite found the perfect setup. We still had a few small issues but the team fixed them quickly which was great. And of course driving this car wasn’t very easy to start with because I haven’t driven at all for seven months. It’s a big challenge but I wanted to make the most of it so we took it step by step.”
Fabien Kreim was extremely happy to finish second as it was his first gravel rally. A very elated Kreim said, “This is great! Unbelievable! It is a really nice feeling and I think for the first time on gravel, I found a very good speed today. On the last stage it was raining a lot and very slippery on the tarmac section. But I really enjoy it. “The Skoda was very good. Many thanks to the team, Team MRF and Skoda Motorsport for the perfect car. It worked very well and I look forward to the next event.”
Local star Michael Young put up a spectacular drive to take podium after his electrical issues on day one. Michael Young said, “I’m pretty happy with that [third place] after Friday night and the disappointment of a 14 minute penalty. I think we showed pace this weekend and we won quite a few stages outright in both the APRC and NZRC [New Zealand Rally Championship].” “Obviously the penalty was hard to swallow because we might have finished further up the podium but I know I’ve done my job and I’ve been driving quick all weekend. We will be back again to fight for another podium, and Australia is always a round I enjoy.”
Sanjay Takale driving a Cusco Subaru Impreza faced furthur issues and was forced to retire this morning. Japanese driver Makoto Kawahara finished fourth in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII.
It was a close battle for victory. Next round of APRC takes us to Australia. Keep up with us by subscribing to our news. Until then Happy Rallying!