Gaurav Gill Geared Up For APRC Title Hunt

Indian ace rally driver and APRC 2013 champion Gaurav Gill is all set for 2016 APRC season. He wants to put couple of bad seasons aside and fight for glory this year. It will be his sixth full Asia Pacific Rally Championship campaign this year. After winning title in 2013 the later two seasons did not go according to plan. He struggled to keep up with his more experienced team mates as they had more stage miles in the car.

  


This year Gaurav Gill faces more challenges. He has to adapt to the new Skoda Fabia R5 machine. Where as his new team mate Fabian Kreim has more experience in the car. But Gill is confident that he can show his pace in the new car





    

Gaurav Gill said "It will be a fresh challenge for me. The car is new which I have never driven before, and a new team-mate who has had considerable experience in the R5 which is very different from the R4 that I was driving. The previous two seasons haven’t been good for me, but I want to put all that behind and focus on the 2016 championship."


Gill's new team mate this year is 23 year old German driver Fabian Kreim.  He previously drove for Skoda Auto Deutschland in German Rally Championship and finished second with five rally wins. APRC 2016 kicks off this month in New Zealand. The six round championship will conclude in India with Rally Chikmagalur.


APRC 2016 Calendar

Rnd 130 April – 1 MayRally of Whangarei – New ZealandAPRCPacific CupJunior Cup
Rnd 218 – 19 JuneRally Queensland – AustraliaAPRCPacific CupJunior Cup
Rnd 36 – 7 AugustChina RallyAPRCAsia Cup
Rnd 424 – 25 SeptemberRally Hokkaido – JapanAPRCAsia CupJunior Cup
Rnd 529 – 30 OctoberMalaysian RallyAPRCAsia CupJunior Cup
Rnd 610 – 11 DecemberRally of IndiaAPRCAsia Cup

Thats all for now, Until then Happy Rallying!

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Citroen Presents C3 WRC - New Weapon for 2017 Season

Citroen has finally released the pictures of newly developed Citroen C3 WRC. Kris Meeke was behind the wheel  for the first gravel outing of the new 2017 spec machine. Citroen had already began testing on tarmac last week near Paris. As per the new regulation car looks aggressive in its camouflaged livery.


Its a treat for rally fans, as only few days earlier Volkswagen had also revealed the concept sketch of Polo WRC. If you missed it find it in our previous article here. Although there is no official word from Citroen about technical details of the car. As the car is in development mode, it is likely to get more updates soon from more testing. These WRC cars are said to be the fastest machines in the history. But along with that many critics are also being heard about safety and behavior of the cars. But for now lets keep it aside and enjoy these new monsters on the block.



Citroen also revealed this years WRC programme as their contesting another two rounds. Rally Portugal and Rally Poland. Kris Meeke, Stephane Lefebvre and Khalid Al-Qassimi will be contesting in Portugal and Craig Breen will replace Kris Meeke for Poland. The Citroen squad is run by PH-Sport as partial WRC 2016 programme.

Thats top two WRC manufactures released info on new WRC regulation in this week. More news will follow as its updated. Until then Happy Rallying!

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Volkswagen Reveals 2017 Polo R WRC

Volkswagen has finally revealed an official teaser into the new era of WRC regulation. The picture may not reveal much detail but visually the car looks spectacular with some aggressive looks. But these changes are only cosmetic, real things are hidden under the hood.


Technically 2017 cars will produce more power thats 380bhp. Car will be lighter and more wider with some aerodynamic upgrades. Precisely 50 millimeter wider and 25 kilograms lighter coming to Polo R WRC. The increase in power is achieved by widening the turbo air restrictor from 33mm to 36mm. 

Further adding to the list of upgrades electronic center differential will be used for transmission of power. Large rear wing and wide front spoiler will be used to make the car more stable. The minimum length of the car is 3900 millimeters and weight is reduced to 1,175 kilograms.

The recent tests by Volkswagen is done on current spec machine but using 2017 aerodynamic upgrades. So the 2017 car will look more lower, wider and aggressive.

Citroen has already began testing their 2017 weapon thats C3 WRC last weekend at Satory, Paris. More news on that will follow as its updated,

So the new regulation reminds us of the infamous Group B era. But there are also lots of critics to this change in regulation. Will it be successful only time will tell. Until then Happy Rallying! 
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Desert Storm 2016 - Suresh Rana, CS Santosh Tame The Storm

The 14th edition of Desert Storm has concluded after grueling 6 legs across the Thar desert.  Suresh Rana alongside his co-driver Ashwin Naik have won the extreme category. In Moto class Indian Dakar hero CS Santosh emerged on top. Crews had to tackle total of six legs covering over 2000 km from Noida to Jodhpur.


But it was Abhishek Mishra who made a good start by taking lead from leg one and building a healthy lead over Rana despite power steering failure on Leg three. But unfortunately on leg five Mishra rolled his Vitara and was out of rally. Car sustained heavy damage but he and his co-driver PV Srinivas Murthy were safe.









This incident put Rana in the lead and he finished strongly to cross the line 70 minutes ahead of his nearest rival Amanpreet Ahluwalia. Niju Padia finished third and was alo winner of his sub-class. Jasmohan Singh and S Bajaj rounded off the top five position. Another major incident was Lhakpa Tsering's Polaris was in flames and burnt to ashes due to fuel pump failure.








In the Moto class hot favorite CS Santosh lead from start to finish and took a commanding win. But his lead was in danger when he received a time penalty of one hour on leg four. But he rode brilliantly and cross the line eight minutes clear of chasing pack. 2015 Raid de Himalaya winner Aravind KP finished second in his TVS RTR 450. R Nataraj was further hour down and was in the podium. Jes David and Tanveer Abdul Wahid completed top five spots. Austrian rider Rene Steinhart finished seventh after his Leg 3 problems. He showed good pace in the final legs of the rally. Pratap took the victory in Explore class.

Final Classification Extreme Cass

1
 Suresh Rana
12hr52m03s
2
 Amanpreet Ahluwalia
14hr02m11s
3
 Niju Padia
14hr05m41s
4
 Jasmohan Singh
14hr34m27s
5
 S.Bajaj
15hr28m20s
6
 Puneet Jain
16hr07m04s
7
 Abhishek Chaudhary
16hr13m47s
8
 Sanjiv Singh
16hr41m05s
9
 D.Ramarajan
16hr42m08s
10
 Harvinder Bhola
16hr50m32

Final Classification Moto Class

1
 CS Santosh
11hr19m28s
2
 Aravind KP
11hr28m06s
3
 R Nataraj
12hr25m30s
4
 Jes David
1hhr07m11s
5
 Tanveer Abdul Wahid
14hr36m11s
6
 Ashwini Kataria
14hr57m41s
7
 Rene Steinhart
15hr06m21s
8
 Rajveer Singh Tomar
15hr40m42s
9
 Virendra Waghela
15hr49m41s
10
 Ashish Raorane
15hr55m41s
It was some hot action across the desert, Thats all for now, Until then Happy Rallying!
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Circuit Of Ireland Rally - Craig Breen Masters The Circuit



Craig Breen triumphed to victory on his home rally for successive second time in a row. He was in a heated battle with Kajetan Kajetanowicz in the final stages of the rally. But he was successful in keeping Kajetan Kajetanowicz at bay to become rally winner for second time in a row. Kajetan Kajetanowicz gave Craig Breen run for his money as the Polish driver found some good pace in his Fiesta R5 and finished the rally only 10.6 seconds behind Breen.

Craig Breen
On day two of the rally, crews had to tackle eight special stages. Elfyn Evans restarted after his engine issues and won four stages, but again he made a mistake and hit a wall and had to retire for the second time in two days. But it was not a good start for Breen on day two, as the choice of super soft tyres became costly for Irishman as he struggled to keep up the pace. And by midday service Breen's lead was just 9.3 seconds and Kajetanowicz was in no mood to ease off. Adding to the misery Breen damaged his left rear tyre on SS12 beacause of a rock pulled into the racing line. Rally was going to the wire with only two stages to go and the gap was mere 5.2 seconds between Breen and Kajetanowicz. But Breen was not letting this rally that easily as he drove a perfect two stages to cross the line victorious.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz
Kajetan Kajetanowicz was in a good pace throughout the rally and had to settle for second place. In the absence of Alexey Lukyanuk he leads the ERC Drivers title. Alastair Fisher made it to the podium after dissapointing last two years on this event. He had a consistent pace in his Fiesta R5 and was in hold of third place since second stage. Local man Josh Moffett was fourth overall and was top in the BRC field. It was Jaromir Trabus position until in last stage he slid into a ditch and could not finish from there. Greer Jonathan in his DS3 R5 finished fifth after a trouble free weekend. Yesterdays BRC leader Martin McCormack in a S2000 Fabia had fuel pump problems and had to retire. David Bogie driving a Fabia R5 finished sixth after his qualifying stage misery. Irish driver Stephen Wright finished seventh in his Fiesta R5. Tom Cave had gear box problems and had to settle for eight place. Joseph McGonigle and Jaroslaw Koltun made it the top ten finishers.

Wojciech Chuchala
In ERC 2 Wojciech Chuchała won his second rally of the season in his Subaru Poland Rally team. ERC Junior victory went to Łukasz Pieniążek driving a Opel Adam R2 machine.Colin McRae ERC Flat out trophy went to Marijan Griebel for his flat-out driving to third place in juniour class after he lost time due to puncture.






Overall Final Classification 


It was a typical Irish rally this weekend. Lots of drama unfolded in the slippery tarmac roads. Thats all from this weekends action. For more updates from the world of rally stay tuned to our page. And as usual, Until then Happy Rallying!
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