Indian ace rally driver Gaurav Gill leads after day one of Rally Hokkaido, the fourth round of Asia Pacific Rally Championship held in Japan this weekend.
Championship leader Gill came out on top after the end of day one stages. Driving an MRF Skoda Fabia R5 car alongside his co-driver Stephane Prevot, Gill stormed through the last six stages to take a commanding lead in the rally.
Whereas his teammate, German driver Fabian Kreim and co-driver Frank Christian took the early lead, but were hindered by the lack of rear grip and a puncture and could not make it close enough to the 2013 champion. After the end of day one, Kreim is more than a minute adrift from the rally leader.
Driving a Subaru Impreza, Indian driver Sanjay Takale alongside his co-driver Noriko Takeshita were in eighth position after the end of leg one.