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Near miss for Garuav Gill

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Really hard luck for Gaurav Gill at Rally Cyprus. He was on course to score a seventh place in the PWRC category but was classified as retired when his Impreza failed to start up after the final special stage. He couldn't complete the transport stage in the allotted time and had to retire.

A real shame. He would have become the first Indian driver to have scored points in the PWRC. That too in only his second ever start. It seems like just yesterday that he was driving Balenos in the INRC. And now he's driving on the same stages as the likes of Loeb, Solberg and Latvalaa. He's 27 years old, so hopefully he'll graduate to WRC before he hits 30.

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Not necessarily too late. Thankfully age isn't as crucial a factor in WRC as compared to F1. Marcus Gronholm and Tommi Makkinen both won their first world championships at the age of 32. Didier Auriol was 36 when he won his first and only championship. If he keeps it all together I'm guessing Gill's got about seven or eight years to make a serious mark in the WRC.

And remember, WRC is going to go all Super 2000 in 2011. So the playing field is going to be levelled big time.

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