Gaurav Gill Leads, Lappi Retires - Rally Hokkaido, Day 2 | APRC - 2013

Rally Hokkaido, the 5th round of Asia Pacific Rally Championship [APRC] opened up yesterday with the shakedown, official flagoff and a SSS in the evening.

Today morning, Esapekka Lappi who started with a small overnight lead, went on to lead the rally until SS9, when Lappi's suspension failed and had to retire.

And with a day full of drama over the Obhiro’s fast and technical gravel roads - Gill, in his Team MRF Skoda Fabia S2000, took over the lead [with Lappi's retirement] from Japanese & Subaru driver Yuya Sumiyama. Although another Japanese & Subaru driver Toshi Arai who started well in his WRX retired in SS3 with a gearbox failure, only to hand over the lead to Team MRF drivers. While Lappi retires, Gill gets in a strong position with nearly 6 minute lead to win the rally, if he keeps his position intact.

Overall Top 5 Results after SS10.

  Pos      No  Driver
Vehicle
Time Diff Prev  Diff Ldr
11G.GILL
SKODA
1:48:43.60.00.0
24Y.SUMIYAMA  
SUBARU
1:54:41.6+5:58.0+5:58.0
311H.ISHIZAKI
SUBARU
1:56:32.9+1:51.3+7:49.3
415S.TAGUCHI
MITSUBISHI
1:56:56.9+24.0+8:13.3
55S.MUTA
SUBARU
1:58:29.2+1:32.3+9:45.6

Eight more stages for tomorrow, starting early at 6am.

All-time Top 5 +NEWS