MRF Tyres and Gill have a successful WRC debut run.
Indian rally ace Gaurav Gill and his co-driver kick-started MRF Tyres WRC campaign at the WRC2 Rally Italia Sardegna last weekend
MRF tyres made its debut at the World Rally Championship with its Ford Fiesta R5 at the Rally Italia Sardegna last weekend. Behind the wheel was three-time Asia Pacific Rally Champion, Gaurav Gill along with his co-driver, Glenn Macneall who has a long history in the WRC. Gill has been extremely successful in the APRC and has finally gotten a chance to participate in a WRC event after 9 year–the last one being the 2009 Cyprus Rally.
Gill got off to a good start, placing 11th in the RC2 category in the shakedown, and was doing well holding a position in the top 15 until he had a nose-first crash in Stage 5. The cash forced them to lose time in the afternoon lap, though the team managed to fix the damage done to the car and get it back on the track on Saturday. The duo recorded competitive times from stage 11 and managed to place fourth in RC2 category in Stage 13. The Indian driver was consistent throughout the race and after 20 stages, Gill finished 27 overall and 12 in the RC2 category. The total time was 4 hours 46 minutes and 59.8 seconds which included a 1-minute 30-second penalty.
Gill who was very happy after his successful debut said, ‘It was a tough event - this is the toughest of the WRC events across the season and the MRF Tyres performed well on the rough roads. I am very happy with where we sit after our first event. We took fourth in our category on stage 13 and today we continued to set very good times. The conditions today were very hot, much warmer than over the rest of the weekend but the roads were a little smoother.’
The team is set to return for the Rally Finland that will be held from July 26 to July 29.