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Gaurav Gill retires from Safari Rally Kenya with engine problems


Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill was forced to retire from the Safari Rally Kenya with engine problems.

The Arjuna awardee fell victim to the deadly โ€˜Fesh Feshโ€™ dust that the Safari Rally is dreaded for, leading to engine damage on Friday.

The JK Tyre-backed driver Gill showed tremendous pace in the shakedown, Stage 1 and Stage 3 in WRC2 category in his Skoda Fabia R5.

Gill, returning the global stage after a gap of three years, was a strong contender for the Safari Rally podium in WRC2.

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However, the gruelling opening day led to Gillโ€™s retiring from the rally quite unexpectedly as his Fabia came to a halt when his engine inhaled huge amounts of sand.

โ€œDeeply gutted to have dropped out from this legendary rally. But as with all events, this was a great experience, I had the pace to match the front runners.

“I thank my sponsors for this amazing opportunity, the love and support received from the Kenyan Indian community beside well-wishers back home was overwhelming,โ€ said Gill.

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