Dakshin Dare 2018: Gill & Phil add to the thrill on Day Four

Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) of Team Mahindra Adventure underlined his class, yet again, with a clever drive on a tough tarmac surface, on the penultimate day of the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare '18.

Mahendra Adventure's Philippos Mathai (P.V.S. Murthy), Phil, as he is called, continued with his splendid form.   -  Rayan Rozario

Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) of Team Mahindra Adventure underlined his class, yet again, with a clever drive on a tough tarmac surface, on the penultimate day of the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare '18, here, on Thursday.

The broken tarmac section and the pebble-strewn path made life miserable for many drivers. But, Gill has been a master of all terrains. Give him a rough road and he will come out smooth, and on a silken smooth surface, the Delhi star will play it rough and tough.

So, it was not surprising to see Gill coming out clean even as his teammate Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) had a DNF to his name.

"It was a totally different surface and much rougher than the other day. The speeds were pretty high. We started off very fast and increased the pace further in the next two stages," said Gill, who clocked the fastest in two of the three stages. "We also had a different set-up and different tyres keeping in mind the overnight rains," he added.

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He felt sad for Ghosh, who could not complete the final stage of the day. "Bad luck for Amit who drove very well, but overall it was a great team combination."

Mahendra Adventure's Philippos Mathai (P.V.S. Murthy), Phil, as he is called, continued with his splendid form and he may not have a challenge coming his way to rob his second position on the final day slated on Friday.

Ghosh did well for the most part and was well placed to finish third before a damage to his fuel coupler knocked him out of the reckoning. Team Maruti Suzuki's Samrat Yadav (Karan Aukta) capitalised on that to finish third for the day.

“It was not my rally, I must say. I had three flats in three days and today, we mastered the stages and in a strong position to finish third, but we ended up this way just three kilometres from the finish line,” said Ghosh.