KOCHI: Team MRF’s Gaurav Gill, with Moosa Sherif as his co-driver, retained his first leg lead to win the overall championship in the Heera Rally 2007, the first round of the MAI-Indian National Rally Championship here today.
Team MRF’s Aroor Arjun Rao and his co-driver Satish Kumar Rajagopal came second in the overall standing while third place went to Girijashankar Joshy-Srikanth G M.
In the 1600 cc segment, Aroor Arjun Rao emerged winner, while the 1400 cc segment was won by Girija Shankar Joshi.
The Rally Star cup went to Abhijeet N Pai and Prajal Pai while the Gypsy Cup went to Surendra Babu and Sheraz Ahmed.
18 cars out of the 30 were flagged off on the opening day of the rally with each of them vying for the prize money that amounted to Rs 4.5 lakhs.
This was the first round of the Indian National Rally championship, a six-round event organized by the MotorSports Association of India. The next round will be held in April at Chandigarh.