Malaysia APRC: Gill becomes two-time champion with Johor win

Team MRF's Gaurav Gill with co-driver Glenn Macneall took his second Asia-Pacific Rally Championship title after winning the Malaysian Rally at Johor, on Sunday.

The Indian having led the way in Leg 1 with seven stage wins, only won one in Leg 2, but it was enough for him to not only win the rally but also take the 2016 title.

Completing the rally in 2hr48m12.5s, Gill was sublime all through in his Skoda keeping one-off entrant Jari Ketomaa (co-driver Mikko Lukka) at bay by 9m10.2s.

The 34-year-old Gill based in Delhi has been a dominant force in APRC this season, winning all the rallies so far and goes into his home round with the championship in his kitty.

Behind the top two, Cusco Racing's Yuya Sumiyama (co-driver Takahiro Yasui) completed the podium - with all three manufacturers represented on the rostrum positions.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Takale (co-driver Noriko Takeshita) achieved his season's best result of fourth in the Subaru.

With five stage wins to Fabian Kreim (co-driver Frank Christian) in Leg 2, the German came back in style after having retired on Saturday to be classified fifth in the end.

It was a sad end to Michael Young's (co-driver Malcolm Read) day after his Subaru was beached in SS9, the Kiwi was forced to retire from a strong third.

Rally results:

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

 Gaurav Gill

 Glenn Macneall

Skoda

2hr48m12.5s

 

2

 Jari Ketomaa

 Mikko Lukka

Mitsubishi

2hr57m32.7s

9m10.2s

3

 Yuya Sumiyama

 Takahiro Yasui

Subaru

3hr06m23.8s

18m10.2s

4

 Sanjay Takle

 Noriko Takeshita

Subaru

3hr19m58.2s

31m35.7s

5

 Fabian Kreim

 Frank Christian

Skoda

5hr47m45.3s

2hr59m22.8s

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Series Other rally
Event Asia Pacific Rally Championship: Malaysia
Drivers Gaurav Gill
Article type Leg report