Team MRF’s Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) finished the 2011 Indian National Rally Championship season in style, with a resounding win at the Rally de Bengal, the seventh and final round here on Sunday.
Having clinched the National title with a round to spare, the 30-year-old Delhi-based Gill dashed the hopes of challenger and former team-mate Lohitt Urs (PV Srinivasa Murthy) who finished second here.
Urs, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia (Group N+) prepared by Red Rooster Performance, posted faster times in two stages Sunday but could not make up the overnight one-minute deficit. He finished second. The second MRF entry Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) could not complete the rally as their car stalled in the transport section.
Local star Azgar Ali (Debasish Ghosh) won the 1600cc class edging out Pune’s Aniruddha Rangnekar (Anoop Kumar) to second place. Ranganekar, however, won the national championship in this class.