International Rally of Whangarei

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Atkinson topped the podium at Whangarei for the second year in a row. Gill joined him in third to make it a double podium finish for Team MRF. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Atkinson topped the podium at Whangarei for the second year in a row. Gill joined him in third to make it a double podium finish for Team MRF. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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...concluded by a pretty hairy looking landing. Gill continued to maintain his edge over the chasing McRae, however and took third place. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

...concluded by a pretty hairy looking landing. Gill continued to maintain his edge over the chasing McRae, however and took third place. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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...and two.. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

...and two.. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Gill, however, seemed to get his line wrong. That paired by his natural flair and aggression made for a spectacular sequence. Here's shot number one... HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Gill, however, seemed to get his line wrong. That paired by his natural flair and aggression made for a spectacular sequence. Here's shot number one... HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Andersson was a little more aggressive but still managed to hold a good line coming over the jump. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Andersson was a little more aggressive but still managed to hold a good line coming over the jump. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Meanwhile Atkinson started to take things relatively easy in order to finish the rally. Here on the Hella Bridge, he opts against getting too much air. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Meanwhile Atkinson started to take things relatively easy in order to finish the rally. Here on the Hella Bridge, he opts against getting too much air. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Gill found himself getting more comfortable with his Fabia on day two after a few overnight setup changes. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Gill found himself getting more comfortable with his Fabia on day two after a few overnight setup changes. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Andersson was amongst the fastest three drivers on every stage during the second leg of the rally as he tried to make up the 59.8 second gap to Atkinson. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Andersson was amongst the fastest three drivers on every stage during the second leg of the rally as he tried to make up the 59.8 second gap to Atkinson. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Former three-time APRC and 2002 PWRC champion Karamjit Singh was by far and away the class of the field amongst the two-wheel drive cars in his Proton Satria Neo. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Former three-time APRC and 2002 PWRC champion Karamjit Singh was by far and away the class of the field amongst the two-wheel drive cars in his Proton Satria Neo. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Gill was holding fort in third and using every bit of road available to him to keep the other Proton of Scotsman Alister McRae behind him. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Gill was holding fort in third and using every bit of road available to him to keep the other Proton of Scotsman Alister McRae behind him. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Atkinson had Proton's Per-Gunnar Andersson in hot pursuit after the Swede lost over a minute thanks to a slow puncture on the second stage of the rally. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Atkinson had Proton's Per-Gunnar Andersson in hot pursuit after the Swede lost over a minute thanks to a slow puncture on the second stage of the rally. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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But it was his MRF teammate Chris Atkinson who was setting the pace on the opening day of the rally. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

But it was his MRF teammate Chris Atkinson who was setting the pace on the opening day of the rally. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Gill makes full use of the suspension travel available to him. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Gill makes full use of the suspension travel available to him. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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...probably Gill flying through the countryside roads in his screaming Skoda Fabia S2000, which can rev as high as 8,000rpm. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

...probably Gill flying through the countryside roads in his screaming Skoda Fabia S2000, which can rev as high as 8,000rpm. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Something has New Zealand's bovine population on high alert... HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Something has New Zealand's bovine population on high alert... HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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Gaurav Gill's (with sunglasses and cap) car, however refused to start before the ceremonial flag-off, leaving him to improvise a bit with a cardboard cutout. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

Gaurav Gill's (with sunglasses and cap) car, however refused to start before the ceremonial flag-off, leaving him to improvise a bit with a cardboard cutout. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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The drivers for Team MRF go through their pre-event photoshoot while showing off their new 280 horsepower toys. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

The drivers for Team MRF go through their pre-event photoshoot while showing off their new 280 horsepower toys. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande

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