Twice unlucky, Gaurav Gill is hoping that this time luck will be at his side at an event that he has had more than his fair share of bad luck in.
“In the previous edition of the event I was leading till the last stage and at the last moment some technical hitch occurred at my vehicle and I finished second.
“This happened earlier too. But this time I want to win this rally and hope no technical error happens during the course of the rally,” said Gill, who along with MRF teammate Chris Atkinson is one of the favourites for a win.
“I have been driving here for the last four-five editions, but I never able to win it. I came second twice and was third once. So, I am really desperate to win this time and if all goes well, the top spot is ours,” added Gill.
“Motorsport depends 80 per cent on luck, as you are totally dependent on a machine,” said Gill. “If the machine is working fine, then only you can showcase your talent, otherwise all efforts in vain. So first comes the functioning of the machine and after that comes the driver's talent.”
After three of the six races in the APRC calendar, Gill with is currently ranked second in the points table with 63 points while Atkinson leads with 101 points.
“It is one of the most grueling races. In the last two-day practice sessions I have lost almost 7kg weight. Here there are numbers of sharp turns,” said Gill. “It is not only about driving. Here, physics and maths too are involved.”
The writer’s trip has been sponsored by MRF.