Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Gaurav Gill needs just to complete the Super Special Stage on Sunday to wrap up the title in the Bosch K-1000 rally, the third event of the Indian National Rally Championship. After the completion of the second day, Gaurav had a lead of one minute and seven seconds over Vikram Mathais of Red Rooster racing team.

Gaurav was head and shoulders above the competition at the K-1000. With his Cedia 2000 purring beautifully, the Delhi-based driver hit the throttle to fly on the dirt track at the special stages in Siddalghata, in Kolar district. Watched by a sizeable crowd, especially at the end of the third stage which was the flying finish zone, Gaurav gave the local crowd something to hoot, cheer and whistle about.

Arjun Balu, the overnight second-placed driver, was forced to drop out of the rally as he lost a wheel bolt on the day’s first stage.

The results:

Overall section: Gaurav Gill (Moosa Sharief) Team MRF 1:07.44; 2. Vikram Mathias (Nikhil Pai) Red Rooster Racing 1:08.51; 3. Lohit Urs (Jaidas Menon) Team MRF 1:14.25; 4. Amitrajith Ghosh (Saurabh Choudary) 1:17.10; 5. Shreshta Patil (Ramesh Kumar) 1:19.34; 6. Mazeydar Vatcha (Madhu KC) 1:19.38.

1600 cc: 1. Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Bhatt) 1:23.35 (only one competitor finished).

1400cc: 1. Amitrajit Ghosh (Saurabh Choudary) 1:17.10; 2. Shreshta Patil (Ramesh Kumar) 1:19.34; 3 Prithvi Dominic (Jeevarthnam) 1:20.25.

Rally Star Cup: 1 Mazeydar Vatcha (Madhu KC) 1:19.38; 2. Deepak Paul Chinappa (Srikarunya) 1:21.14; 3. Abhijit Pai (Prajwal Pai) 1:21.50.

Gypsy Class: 1. Sandeep Sharma (PVS Murthy) 1:25.14; 2. Surendra Babu (Sheraz Ahmed) 1:27.43; 3. Rajiv Gupta (Roopa Gupta) 1:31.32.

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