Rallying is difficult. It's twice as difficult in Malaysia, and it's thrice as difficult winning the Rally of Malaysia with an iffy suspension. But it isn't really all that difficult if you're Gaurav Gill.
Despite suffering a failed rear suspension, Gill went on to win the Malaysian round of the 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). Australia had been a disappointment as he'd failed to finish, but this was a memorable performance by Gill, which saw him finish a full thirteen minutes ahead of Aussie Mark Pedder. With this, Gill is only 10 points away from the overall championship leader and also his teammate, Jan Kopecky.
Kopecky looked set for another victory, before his S2000 landed too hard and shattered its rear suspension, putting him out of contention on Day One itself. Gill, on the other hand, got off to a wonderful start, aceing the Tai Tak Court House stage, but suspension issues in the next stage slowed him down.
Gill was thrilled to win the Rally of Malaysia after being unsure of finishing the Rally. He said, “The rear suspension stopped working because of the heat. We took it easy and the priority was to make sure one of the cars finished on top. In the second stage (of the day) we started having the problem. By the third it completely collapsed. Malaysia is all about finishing the rally. It’s the most difficult rally of the season. One of the toughest in the world I would say and the team has done a great job so big thank you to Team MRF for the win today.”