The sixth and the final round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship will be held in the coffee town Chikkamagaluru from December 3 to 5, 2016.
Team MRF Skoda driver Gaurav Gill has already clinched the 2016 title in Malaysia, but being the home rally Gill wants to finish the season with a victory. This is a momentous occasion for India, as after a long break India is hosting an international event.
The rally has attracted a total of 50 entries, out of which ten entries are from APRC class and the remaining are from Indian Rally Championship as both the rounds will run simultaneously.
With the return of international rally to India, it is expected that the sport will get some exposure in the country. As the major car manufacturers are participating in the rallying series, it will attract more car enthusiasts in the country.
Despite having two time APRC Champion Gill, the sport lacks exposure and encouragement in the country. It is a disappointing fact that Gill couldn't move up the ladder to participate in events such as WRC 3 and WRC 2.
Excited about the home rally Gill said, "It's great heading to Chikkamagaluru. It's a small town, but full of enthusiastic people. The APRC will thrill them with fast cars, and there'll be lots of action. It's good to wrap up the championship, but I want to win the event. There'll be no pressure on me this time."
New Zealand driver Mike Young leads the APRC Production class, he said that it's a new rally and will be challenging for him. Indian driver Sanjay Takale is behind Young in the Production cup.
Takale said, "This is the first time I'll drive in the APRC at home, and I want to do well. I'm a bit nervous, but I'll try my best." The second car of Team MRF Skoda will be driven by German driver Fabian Kreim.