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Gaurav Gill takes lead at Rally of Coimbatore

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Five-time winner cruised to a comfortable lead after day one in the Rally of Coimbatore, the second round of the Indian National Rally Championship here today.

The Team Mahindra Adventure star, along with his Musa Sherif, won both the special stages of the day with his aggressive style and needed just 37:21.2 (18:48.3 and 18:32.9) to run through the two stages to set himself up for another victory.

His teammate, Amittrajit Ghosh, was snapping at his heels though, taking only 37:42.8 to finish the day on a high.

Ghosh, who has recently won the European Rally Championship round in (ERC 3 class), seemed a lot more confident as he tackled the dust with great speed and control in his XUV 500.

The final four stages of the rally will be held tomorrow in Ketanur, about 70 Kms from here.

Akbar Ebrahim, rallying after nearly 25 years, was in 21st place after the first day.

Former INRC champion (with Nikhil V Pai) was trailing in the third place, after taking 38:18.5 for his two stages.

That was, however, good enough for the Arka Motorsports' spearhead to hold on to his INRC 2 advantage, with Bopiah KM and Phalghuna Urs over 30 seconds behind him.

Aroor (with Somayya AG; Falkon Motorsports) continued to lead INRC 3 category with a timing of 38:41.8.

Defending champion Dean Mascarenhas, however, suffered a setback as he failed to finish second stage due to a mechanical snag. He was replaced by Suhem Kabeer in the second position on the leaderboard as Fabid Ahmer (third after Round 1) too slipped to the fourth place.

Results (after SS2): INRC: 1. and Musa Sherif (Team Mahindra Adventure; 37:21.2), 2. and (Team Mahindra Adventure; 37:42.8), 3. Karna Kadur and (Arka Motorsports; 38:18.5).

INRC 2: 1. and Nikhil V Pai, 2. Bopiah KM and Karumbaiah G (Team Champions; 38:58.2), 3. Phalghuna Urs and Srikanth Gowda (Snap Racing; 39:00.1).

INRC 3: 1) Aroor and (Falkon Motorsports; 38:41.8), 2. Suhem Kabeer and Jeevarathinam (Team Champions; 38:50.9), 3. Chetan Shivram and Rupesh Koley (Team Chetan Shivram; 39.00.1).

2WD: 1. Adith KC and Suraj K, 2. and Sob George, 3. and Sudhindra BG.

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First Published: Sat, August 04 2018. 19:55 IST