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Image gallery: Gaurav Gill and Team MRF Skoda victorious at 2016 APRC Rally Whangarei

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25 May 2016 02:35:56 IST

Photography:Alan McDonald/Macspeedfoto

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (2)The 2016 season of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship got off to a good start for Team MRF Skoda's Gaurav Gill

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (3)The 2013 APRC champion claimed victory at Rally Whangarei

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (4)This means that Gill, at this early stage in the APRC, is at the head of the championship standings

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (5)The win didn't come easy, though. Tyre wear and a puncture on Day 1 meant that Gill lost his 41 second lead at the event to his team-mate

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (6)But he made a terrific recovery on Day 2, and overcame the 4.6 second overnight lead that Fabian Kreim had over him. Nifty driving like this is how he did it

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (7)Gill eventually won the rally by 30.4 seconds

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (8)The win came despite trouble with the car's turbo that lost him time on Day 2

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (9)It was Gill's second win at Rally Whangarei, having last won here in 2014

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Gill (10)In all, this is Gill's ninth APRC win

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Kreim (1)Also good for Team MRF Skoda was that their new driver Fabian Kreim finished second overall

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Kreim (2)Kreim, for his part, was happy to score points on his APRC debut

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei Kreim (3)As is in evidence from the smiles you see on his and co-driver Frank Christian's faces

2016 APRC Rd 1 WhangareiAlso smiles here - Glenn Macneall and Gaurav Gill go back some years in the APRC. Strong driver-navigator combination!

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei (1)The ninth APRC trophy that Gill is able to lug home. A little big for the mantel though!

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei (2)Team MRF Skoda and drivers Gaurav Gill and Fabian Kreim stand, while navigators Glenn Macneall and Frank Christian kneel in the foreground

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei (4)Post-victory rally celebrations. And what a win it was!

2016 APRC Rd 1 Whangarei (5)Champagne being sprayed on Team Red

DCIM108GOPROAnd with a blaze of dust, it's on to the next round of the APRC soon!

Photography:Alan McDonald/Macspeedfoto

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