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High octane entertainment will be guaranteed as championship leader Gaurav Gill (136 points), in pursuit of his third title, will have to fend off his MRF team-mate Ole Christian Veiby (130 points).

While Gill will garner the local support and come in to the title decider with good knowledge of twists and turns of the track, 21-year-old Veiwby has a wealth of experience from his exploits in the WRC-2. Both will be driving a Race Torque-prepared Skoda Fabia R5.

Others in the fray include veteran PG Abhilash (Subaru Impreza WRX Sti), New Zealand's Mike Young (Volkswagen Polo R2), Sri Lankan Shafraz Junaid (Volkswagen Polo) and Sumit Panjabi (Mitsubishi Evo VIII).

Running concurrently will be Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), which has attracted 39 entries and will feature the likes of Amittrajit Ghosh, defending champions Karna Kadur, Arjun Rao and Rahul Kanthraj among others.

Friday will see the competitors begin with the Super Special Stage at the Amber Valley School grounds before moving to the Special Stages on Saturday.

The APRC round covers 502 kilometres of which 207.54 km comprise Special Stages, while the INRC cars will do 224.72 km with 81.63 km of Special Stages. The INRC concludes on Saturday and the APRC on Sunday.

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