It's not every day that the Indian national anthem echoes through the chilling wind in Japan. And neither can you see some other sportsperson than a cricketer's poster being waved amidst the crowd. But it was Gaurav Gill's day at the Rally Hokkaido on Sunday.
And so, everything had fallen into place as Team MRF's Indian driver ensured to bag this leg of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship.
"Well the feeling while standing for the national anthem away from India is indescribable," said Gill, explaining pretty much how he felt after the win.
"Nothing can be more satisfying, I guess," the rally-driver explained.
A series of debacles hitting the other drivers had already given the edge to Gill who led at the start of the day on Sunday. Not just him, but teammate Katsu Taguchi too, ensured that Team MRF didn't falter from a strong position.
"I'm getting more adjusted to the R4 kit, which helped a lot," said Gill.
Showdown in China
With a win, the focus has now moved to the final event in China next month. With 19 points separating the top three drivers, Gill - with 100 Championship points - has a realistic chance of bagging the title. "Now it's anybody's game and the winner in China will walk away with title," he said.
(The writer's trip has been sponsored by MRF)