leads 1-2 finish for MRF Tyres in New Zealand
Whangarei (New Zealand), April 30: India’s Gaurav Gill
of Team MRF
Tyres made the most of the misfortune to overnight leader and team-mate Ole Christian Veiby
and turned back a 33-second deficit to win the International Rally of Whangarei
, the first round of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship
, here on Sunday.
Veiby (co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen), who eventually finished second behind Gill
, led by 23 seconds at the half-way mark today after first loop of three Special Stages, but suffered brake failure on his Skoda
Fabia R5 in the very first Stage after service which cost him one minute, 22.6 seconds.
The 20-year old Norwegian was then docked a penalty of one minute, 30 seconds for reporting nine minutes late to the start of the next Stage which effectively ruined his chances of scoring a win in his maiden APRC
Reigning champion Gill
(co-driver Stephane Prevot
), also in a Race Torque-prepared Skoda
Fabia R5, seized ...