Delhi based Gill (Subaru Impreza), led home Thai based Mana Pornsirichard and Thanyaphat Meenil (TGR C-HR). Third was Amittrajit Ghosh and Ashwin Naik (Mahindra XUV).
Weather played a significant factor in the running of the event. Based at the Madras International Circuit (MIC), two of the Sunday competitive sections were cancelled due to heavy rain. That reduced the day to a repeat run of the 16.5km Aavisa stage.
“I am very relieved as it was mentally very taxing weekend,” said Gill at the finish. “There were niggles with my car that went on forever, and I am happy to bring it back home safely.”
“Looking ahead, I will be getting back into the Indian National Rally Championship this season and also plan to do the final round of the APRC in Indonesia later this year.”
The next qualifying round for the 2023 championship will be held at New Zealand’s Otago Rally. A round of the Pacific Cup, the event runs from 1-2 April.
Final Results – Rally South India 2023
1. G Gill / A Rangnekar, Subaru Impreza, 1:50:23
2. P Mana / M Thanyphat, Toyota HC-R, +0:49
3. A Ghosh / A Naik, Mahindra XUV300, +8:21
4. J Gill / SK Prasad, VW Polo, +10:41.9
5. S Yadav / A Dheerendra, Suzuki Gypsy, +12:49.1
Photos courtesy: madrasmotorsports.com