India’s first and only Arjuna Awardee Gaurav Singh Gill
will embark on a new and exciting mission to make his mark in the FIA World Rally
Championship 2, in the Rally of Turkey from September 12 to 15.
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 rally
ace will fancy his chances as most of the stages in the Rally of Turkey will be run on
gravel, something that he relishes.
Gaurav Singh Gill said, “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. I am
excited about my first stint with a renowned team and a new support system in
formidable JK Tyre Motorsport.”
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.
Meanwhile Gill was felicitated by JK Tyre Motorsport for his Arjuna Award
recognition at the press interaction. The company’s Marketing Director Vikram
Malhotra congratulated the champion, declaring the award as a watershed moment
for Indian motorsport.
“JK Tyre is the pioneer in promoting motorsport in India. 90% 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 3 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 programmed that will benefit Gen Next,” Mr. Vikram
Malhotra, Marketing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd, said.
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.
Meanwhile 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 few of the stages running on concrete tiles and tarmac.
The WRC will be broadcast live over 40 countries, featuring registered drivers and
also could be seen online by registering on WRC+.