Gill claims overall crown

Gill claims overall crown

Experienced Karamjit Singh finished second to overall winner Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) on the final day of the INRC (Round 2) Rally of Maharashtra on Sunday.

Going flat out on an overcast day, the JK Tyre-backed Karamjit did well on the final three stages to win the Indian Rally Championship (IRC) Class and finish second overall. Gill, driving a modified XUV 500, was quickest (1 hour 26 minutes 0s), with Karamjit trailing in at (1:27.40).

On the final day, Karamjit, driving a Volkswagen Polo, lived up to his top billing clocking the fastest time among the two-wheel-drive (2WD) cars on a terrain that he described as “challenging and extremely tricky”.

Held on the outskirts of Nashik, the event is the only tarmac rally in the INRC calendar and this year the rains threw another challenge at the drivers. The 2002 Production Car World Champion, began the day with a bang, going fastest on the first stage of the day to take the Polo to its second victory in only its second rally.

Rallying the Volkswagen Polo for the first time, Karamjit was on the pace from the word go clocking blistering times.

“I am pleasantly surprised with the Polo,” said Karamjit, who hopes to do well in Coimbatore, the third round of the INRC. “Basically I like flat and rugged terrains. Tarmac is no fun, but here the challenge was different and I wanted to get back to the basics,” he Karamjit said after victory ceremony.

Gaurav Gill, who led the field after seven stages, won the rally in overall category as he aggregated a time of 1 hour 26 minutes and 29.0 seconds for 10 stages. Karamjit posted 1::27:40.0, which showed that he was a better driver in dry conditions with slick tyres.