Image Gallery: Gaurav Gill And Team MRF Skoda Victorious At 2016 APRC Rally Whangarei - Overdrive
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Image gallery: Gaurav Gill and Team MRF Skoda victorious at 2016 APRC Rally Whangarei

25 May 2016 / 0

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 Whangarei

Also 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

 

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

Photography: Alan McDonald/Macspeedfoto



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