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Gaurav Gill set for WRC-2 foray with Rally of Turkey

By Harpal Singh Bedi/NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, September 7, 2019

Ace driver and the first motorsport Arjuna Awardee Gaurav Gill will take part in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 in the Rally of Turkey from September 12 to 15.
The 2019 Rally of Turkey will see the drivers cover a total distance of over 988.50 km with 310.10 km earmarked for 17 special stages. Most of the stages will be gravel with a few of the stages running on concrete tiles and tarmac. 
Gill, the three-time APRC and six-time INRC champion, will be driving a 1.6 Turbo R5 that has been developed by M-Sport. Supported by JK Tyre Motorsport, the ace driver will fancy his chances as most of the stages in the Rally of Turkey will be run on gravel, something that he relishes.
“We will carefully pick and choose the rallies that I will participate in this year, keeping in mind the car, the terrain and my strengths,” Gill  told media persons here on Friday. “I am excited about my first stint with a renowned team and a new support system in formidable JK Tyre Motorsport."
"It is a new rally, and all the drivers will have level playing field, I am optimistic about my performance," he said.
The recently decorated Arjuna Awardee has already had a satisfying exploration in the WRC-2 2018, having taken part in four rallies, one each in Italy, Finland, Wales and Australia as an unregistered driver. He won 11 stages despite facing challenges, underlining his prowess and skill at the top level.
Gill will be competing as a registered driver for the first time and will be picking up championship points, making it a huge landmark for Indian motorsport.
“I have worked with Gill briefly last year and it’s great to be able to continue that collaboration with him again this year. As a three-time Asia Pacific Champion, he  is a talented driver with a lot of potential and we’re all looking forward to seeing how he progresses in the FIA World Rally Championship’s WRC 2 series,” Team Principal Richard Millener said.
“He’ll be taking to the wheel of our latest rally car – the all-new EcoBoost-powered R5 MkII which made its competitive debut earlier this summer. A lot of work and technology has gone into the design and development of this new car, and we’re all excited to see what some of the world’s best drivers can do behind the wheel – Gill included,” he added.
The ace driver  was felicitated by JK Tyre Motorsport for his Arjuna Award recognition at the press interaction. “This will change the way all stakeholders will look at Indian motorsport. Youngsters can hope for brighter prospects in the sport as schools and colleges will acknowledge Gill's recognition and will treat it at par with any other sport. Sponsors will see more value in associating with the sport, too, beyond using it as a testing ground. I wish him all the luck ahead of this important sojourn and hope that he will be able to live up to the expectations of the entire country,” Sanjay Sharma, Head-Motorsport, JK Tyre, said.
The company’s Marketing Director Vikram Malhotra congratulated the champion, declaring the award as a watershed moment for Indian motorsport. 
"J K Tyre is the pioneer in promoting motorsport in India. Ninety per cent of the kids racing abroad have come from JK’s programmes. Our association with Gaurav Gill has also started yielding results in developing our tyres, with the last two domestic rallies leading to the development of three variants of rally tyres. 
"With top performances in international events, our victories with Gaurav will only add to our excitement and result in strengthening our programme that will benefit Gen Next,” he added.
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