First Indian to win a Asia-Pacific Rally Championship stage, Gaurav Gill will be behind the wheel as Team Sidvin India's (TSI) lead driver for the team's second season of the World Rally Championship (WRC) commencing in March.
Gaurav, who won the Indonesia leg of APRC in last year, has been roped up by the TSI, first Indian team in the WRC, which is considered to be one of the most gruelling motorsport events in the world.
"I am very happy to be given responsibility of leading the Indian team at the World Rally Championship this year. I am training extensively for the event and hope to win and make the country proud," Gaurav, who will be on the wheel of Tommi Makinen Racing (TMR) prepared Subaru Impreza car, said in New Delhi on Wednesday.
TMR, led by four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen, has partnered TSI since last year and will design a new car for the season and test the vehicle as well, besides sending their engineers during the races.
"We tested Gaurav last year and everyone, including Makinen, was surprised at his speed of adaptation. We have provided him with ample insight on the level of competition in the WRC and are confident that he will bring laurels to the country," Mohan Nagarajan, Chairman and Team Principal of TSI said.
The team, which entered in the Production Class of the WRC last year, will first move to Cyprus where the opening stage of the event will be held, followed by the Portugal leg in April.