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Gaurav Gill and CS Santosh to try their hands at powerboat racing

other sports Updated: Feb 15, 2017 23:10 IST
HT Correspondent
Gaurav Gill

Gaurav Gill (centre) is the current Asia-Pacific Rally Championship winner.(HT Photo)

APRC champion Gaurav Gill and India’s most accomplished supercross and rally-raid champion CS Santosh have left the land to experiment how fast they can go on water when they will pilot powerboats in the Nexa P1 P1 Powerboat, the Indian Grand Prix of the Seas from March 3-5 in Mumbai.

They will be the first Indians to be piloting powerboats in the inaugural Grand Prix of the Seas. After undergoing extensive training in powerboat racing in the United Kingdom under seven-time world champion and three-time world speed record holder Neil Holmes, the Indian duo are confident of a good result.

The race will be conducted on the first-ever course on water that is comparable to a racetrack and challenges status quo by combining the best in innovative technology and bespoke maritime strategy. “Rallying and powerboat racing are both high-octane and highly skilled sports and I believe my experience with navigating in pressure situations will make me a strong contender on the weekend,” said Gill.

“I have challenged myself in the Dakar Rally and have now been training hard to test the challenges of the open seas. I am excited on being given the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities in speed in this new competitive powerboat racing series and look forward to the prospect of racing with highly experienced pilots,” said Santosh.