Jahaan Gill Wins 2023 Junior Asia Pacific Rally Championship

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Jahaan Gill has clinched the FIA Junior Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) title after securing victory at the Danau Toba Rally in Indonesia. The 21-year-old Indian driver, who also recently won the Junior Indian National Rally Championship, finished eighth overall in the gravel rally, which was held concurrently with the Indonesian Rally championship. Gill, who was co-driven by Suraj Keshava Prasad, navigated the tricky wet conditions to secure the Junior APRC title. He also finished third overall in the NVA class and fifth in the M2 class of the Indonesian Rally Championship.

“It was very difficult terrain and driving [here] for the first time was not an easy task,” Gill said. “The stages were already very tricky and the rains made it worse. We knew the hazards of driving on this surface, but we held our act together and managed to end on the podium.” Suhem Kabeer, another JK Tyre Motorsport driver, also had a strong performance at the Danau Toba Rally. Kabeer finished fourth overall in Indonesia, setting the fastest time in the NVA class and finishing second in the M2 class. “It was one of the most difficult rallies that I have been part of,” Kabeer said. “It was an uncharted territory for us with little knowledge of the terrain. The slush made the stages very slippery and I had to dig deep into my reservoir to finish the event unscathed.”

Lokesh Gowda, who returned to rallying after a break, also had a good outing at the Danau Toba Rally. Gowda finished fifth overall, second in the NVA class and third in the M2 class. JK Tyre Motorsport was also presented with the award for Best Team Performance. Indonesian driver Rifat Sungkar and his Australian co-driver Ben Searchy clinched the APRC title behind the wheel of the Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. The Danau Toba Rally was a challenging event for all of the competitors, but Gill, Kabeer, and Gowda all rose to the occasion to secure strong results. Their performances are a testament to the talent that exists in Indian rallying.

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