MRF to debut in World Rally Championship

By NT Bureau Published on May 12, 2018 05:44 PM IST

Chennai: Team MRF will test the waters in the FIA World Rally Championship with champion racer Gaurav Gill at the wheel.

The three-time APRC champion, will kick-off his campaign with Australian co-driver, Glenn Macneall at Rally Italia Sardegna scheduled to be held between  June 7 to 10 as Team MRF will be making its debut in WRC.

With MRF as the tyre choice, the team will compete with a Ford Fiesta R5 run and developed by M-Sport, the 2017 FIA World Rally Champions. The team will initially compete in four of the five gravel rallies on the calendar.

Rally Italia Sardegna is the seventh round of the championship and a mid-season entry will give the team valuable experience as it prepares for the 2019 season. Gaurav Gill and Glenn Macneall have raced together for seven years as Team MRF and share a great camaraderie which will hold them in good stead for the tough season ahead.

The 13 Round Championship has already completed six rounds, and Gill will be taking part as a non-priority driver for the four rounds. Malcolm Wilson OBE, Managing Director, M-Sport, said "It is great to welcome Gaurav Gill and MRF tyres to not only the WRC, but also M-Sport."