Gaurav Gill

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Gaurav Gill
Gurav Gill.jpg
Gaurav Gill during International Rally of Whangarei – New Zealand 2013.
Personal information
Nationality India Indian
Born (1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 33)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1998–present
Teams Team MRF
Rallies 12
Championships

1 (2013) Asia-Pacific Rally Championship

3 (2007,09,12) Indian National Rally Championship
Rally wins n/a
Podiums n/a
Stage wins n/a
First rally n/a
Last win 2014 New Zealand
Last rally 2014 New Zealand
Last updated on: After APRC New Zealand 2014.

Gaurav Gill (born 2 December 1981) is an Indian race car driver who started his motorsport career by rallying on 2 wheels in the Indian National Rally Championship. He is based out of Delhi. He is India's leading rally driver. He is a past winner of India's National Rally Championship, National Road Racing Championship and FIA APRC Rally Indonesia 2008. In 2013 Gaurav Gill made history by becoming the first Indian driver to win the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

Born on 2 December 1981, Gaurav got into motorsport at a young age racing motorbikes in the National Motocross Championship in 1999. He won his debut event at Cochin.

Encouraged by his uncle, Dicky Gill, Gaurav was soon showing astounding adaptability as he moved to 4-wheels and was soon winning national car rallies, karting championships and endurance races, he even signed up for the Raid-de-Himalaya in 2000. He has won a few national racing titles while he was with JK Tyres and MRF Tyres racing teams. Currently he is with the MRF Tyres team. He finished 2nd in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) 2010 season.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6][7][8]

Career results[edit]

APRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 APRC Points
2007 MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX NCL
Ret
NZL AUS JPN 8th 9
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MYS
5
IDN
4
CHN
Ret
2008 MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX NCL AUS NZL JPN IDN
1
MYS
Ret
CHN 8th 17
2009 MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X NCL AUS
4
NZL JPN
Ret
IDN
Ret
CHN
Ret
4th 12
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX MYS
Ret
2010 MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X MAL
2
JPN
4
NZL
7
AUS
1
NCL IDN CHN
Ret
2nd 97
2011 MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX MAL
2
AUS
2
NCL
Ret
NZL
Ret
JPN
Ret
CHN 4th 63
2012 MRF Tyres Škoda Fabia S2000 NZL
3
NCL
1
AUS
Ret
MYS
Ret
JPN
Ret
CHN
Ret
4th 82
2013 Team MRF Škoda Fabia S2000 NZL
2
NCL
1
AUS
Ret
MYS JPN
1
CHN
2
1st 145.5
2014 Team MRF Škoda Fabia S2000 NZL
1
NCL AUS MYS JPN CHN 1st 38

WRC-2 results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WRC 2 Points
2013* Team MRF Škoda Fabia S2000








AUS


* Season in progress.

Career highlights[edit]

Gaurav's love affair with motorsport continued and his first major break was in 2003 when he was runner-up in the National Road Racing Championship, a feat that he bettered the following year in 2004 when he became National Champion. The love for dirt rallying was hard to subdue and he was back behind the wheel of factory rally car in 2005, this time there was no stopping Gaurav as he demolished the status-quo and was consistently the fastest driver on the track. He finished the 2006 season, second overall.

While he was not smashing stage records, he was winning on the road racing circuit, Gaurav also won the National Road Racing Championship – Formula Rolon in the same year!

In 2007, Gaurav was untouchable as blazed the National Rally Championship with Team MRF, he was National Nally Champion but would remember 2007 more for his exploits on the APRC circuit where he was having an impressive rookie year with MRF behind a Ralliart Mitsubishi.

In 2008, Gaurav was determined to repeat his domestic success on the international circuit and show that Indian drivers are second to none. Focus, training and hard work paid off handsomeley as he won the FIA APRC Indonesian Rally 2008 for MRF and India! This had to be a golden moment in Indian motorsport, the versatile boy who started out racing motorbikes had finally done it!

Aiming for glory, Gaurav is competing in the Production Car World Rally Championship with Team Sidvin India and he continues to drives for Team MRF leading India's challenge in the FIA APRC Mainly-

  • Started go-karting with JK tyres in 97', 98' Won regional and north Indian championships.
  • 1999 – Rode bike rally and motorcross for Team Factory TVS Suzuki.
  • 2000 – Drove for Team Jk Tyre, Won the south India rally, became the youngest ever rally winner in India @ 18yrs.
  • 2003 – 2nd runners up in Formula Maruti in chennai.
  • 2004 – Racing National Champion. Formula Maruti.
  • 2005 – Overall 2nd in Auto Gymkhana in Taiwan.
  • 2006 – Racing National Champion, Formula Chevrolet Rolon, Runners up in INRC with team JK Tyre.
  • 2007 – National Rally Champion, Motorsport MAn of the Year Award by Overdrive and ICICI bank automotive awards. Participated in the APRC with a 4th overall finish in Rally Indonesia.
  • 2008 – Winner Rally Indonesia APRC, runners up in INRC, participated in World Championship round in Wales Rally GB.
  • 2009 – First Indian to achieve points in WRC-Rally Portugal, Winner INRC. One of the first person across the world to drive the new Mitsubishi EVO X rally car.
  • 2010-Winner Rally Australia APRC. Runners up in APRC. 2nd place finish in International Formula Challenge F-1600.
  • 2012-Won the Indian National Rally Championship.
  • 2013-Won the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship
  • 2014-Runners up in APRC.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Atkinson
Asia-Pacific Rally Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Jan Kopecky

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