Gaurav Gill Leads after Day 1 of Rally New Caledonia, Round 2 | APRC - 2013

In the opening test of the rally, at the end of Leg 1, India's No.1 rally driver Gaurav Gill from Team MRF Tyres leads the rally by over 5 minutes to the nearest competitor, Emmanuel Guigou [has not registered for APRC points].

Finnish Esapekka Lappi retired out of the rally after his car developed a serious engine failure on SS4, he had won the previous stage over his team-mate G.Gill, which otherwise was in favour of Gill.

Second in the APRC points is another Indian Sanjay Takale who is going strong in his Production class as a leader, while Simon Knowles is second in class and 3rd overall in APRC.

There were many retirements than finishes today, mostly due to the rainy conditions and either the cars failed or the drivers. 4 APRC points contenders Esapekka Lappi Matt, Van Tuinen, Bruce Fullerton, and Claude Clavel retired, along with Brian Green, Jean Louis Leyraud, Eric Riande.

In the National Rally, Alexis Barbou, Eugene Creugnet, Yverick  Mercier lead the rally in top 3. Final day tomorrow will decide the winners.
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The Second Round of APRC - 2013 | Rallye de Nouvelle, Caledonia

After a thrilling season opener in Whangerai, New Zealand - The second round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship is all set to begin its action at the Island of New Caledonia.

After an successful shakedown, Team MRF driver Espekka Lappi & Gaurav Gill feel good with the setup of their car and so does the rest of the competition. Gaurav Gill went fastest in the shakedown stage.

Production class leader, Sanjay Takale too is on a high with his recent victory in his first outing in a 4WD Subaru Impreza in the previous test at Whangerai, and hopes for a similar top finish on the podium.

Micheal (Mike) Young, the young lad from New Zealand had not just won his class, but also finished on top roll with clinching the overall 3rd in the APRC competition. Too bad, that he had to miss this rally.

Here is last year's rally action below, enjoy until this year's action starts early morning tomorrow.

For those who missed the Round 1 action, here is the quick review of the actions.

See you later!!
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