BANGALORE: Gaurav Gill of Team Sidvin India Racing covered some lost ground on day two of the PWRC category of the Cyprus Rally.

On Saturday, Gill made every stage count to finish eighth in the PWRC and 21 overall (WRC).

Heavy overnight rains turned the stages into a quagmire and left the drivers to crawl at a leisurely drive of 5kmph. “It was tough and challenging with such varied surfaces… this is what rallying is all about,” said Gill at the end of the day.

He was sixth fastest in all the three stages this day with a stage time of 12:07.7 minutes, just two seconds off PWRC leaders Armindi Araujo and Patrick Sandell in the 11.70km Anadiou Dam stage.

He clocked 32.50.8 minutes in the 28.17km-long Pano Panagia stage and maintained the pace in the third stage for the day clocking 20.18 minutes for the 18.54km-long Orkantos stage. The competitors have two more long stages of 30.94km (Xyliatos) and 26.25km (Kourdali) to go after service to finish Leg 2.

Meanwhile in the WRC section, overnight leader Sebastian Loeb continued his dominance and extended his lead over Mikko Hirvonen by 1.08.3 minutes. Citreons’ Dani Sordo is running third.

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