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Gaurav Gill wins 2019 Dakshin Dare

August 03, 2019, 11:42 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Gaurav Gill wins 2019 Dakshin Dare

Gaurav Gill has bagged his third Dakshin Dare title winning the 2019 season. Driving the Super XUV500 for Mahindra Adventure, Gill completed the 2000 kilometres of the cross-country rally with a total time of 04:51:49.001 hours. 

Spanning over four days, this years’ Dakshin Dare ran from Bangalore to Hubli. The six-time INRC champion finished top in seven stages out of the nine special stages. Accompanied by his trusted co-driver Musa Sherif, Gill won all the three stages on the first day, clocking a time of 45:45.053 minutes. However, he fell back on the second day, losing both the stages to his teammate Philippos Mathai and his co-driver PVS Murthy.

By the third day, Gill was trailing by 00:47.261 seconds. But after finishing first in the two stages on day three, he was able to grab a lead of 6:42.383 minutes. With that lead, it was near impossible for the competition to overtake Gaurav on the final day. And the WRC rallyist won his third title almost a minute ahead of the closest competitor.

Talking about his win, Gaurav Gill said, “I am excited to win the Dare once again. This is my third Dakshin Dare title and I am very happy with this achievement. The stages were very challenging but I believe we had a very good car at our disposal and our tyres indeed helped us in manoeuvring these treacherous stages. I would like to thank my tuners and mechanics for preparing such a fine car”.

Rounding off the podium were two Team Harjee drivers – Anil Wadia with his co-driver Harvinder Bhola and co-driver Chirag Thakur. Gill’s teammate Matthai eventually dropped to 16th position while Amritraj Gosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik) managed to finish ninth in the final classification. 

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