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Guarav bags Malaysian Rally 2016
30 OCTOBER 2016

On wet muddy stages, Team MRF¡¯s Guarav Gill picked up where he left yesterday and tackled leg 2 with an awesome display of car control over the muddy tracks. Overnight rain over the stages turned the clay based roads into slushy mud especially in the corners and braking point. It is certainly not a place to be for the faint hearted. ¡°There is no way the roads are going to dry up today so I will just drive sensibly¡± said Gaurav.

81km divided into 6 competitive stages and a total of 262km made up the final day of the Malaysian Rally 2016.

Jari Ketomaa finished second some 9 minutes behind Gaurav. ¡°Finishing second is bonus for us. The Mirage R5 doesn¡¯t have the torque to get out corners and with so many corners and junction to negotiate it was big disadvantage for us¡± said Jari.

The only casualty of Leg 2 is Mike Young. He accidently parked the car in a ditch on stage 9. This elevated Yuya Sumiyama to finish 3rd. Yuya nursed his sick Subaru Impreza through the stages. ¡°Car is sick with many many problems. Happy to finish¡± said Yuya.

Sanjey Takale took the final spot of the classified finishers. Not taking any risk on the slippery stages, Sanjey drove his Subaru Impreza ever so cautiously. He however picked up a puncture at the very last stage but it he managed to finish the rally.

The sensation of leg 2 is the Fabian Kreim. Not classified as a finisher after retiring yesterday, he returned under the super rally rules. He displayed an impressive show of talent by pushing the Skoda Fabia R5 through the stage. He posted fastest time on 5 of the days 6 stages. Had he not retired yesterday, he could have won the rally easily.

Next is the Rally of India will take place on the 3rd of December, Round 6 and final round of the 2016 Asia Pacific Rally Championship.



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