INRC cancels Jodhpur Rally after fatal incident involving Gill's car
The unfortunate incident has shocked everyone in the Indian motor sport fraternity.
"The Maxperience Rally, Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2019, has been called off due to an unfortunate racing incident.
"The rally had to be brought to an abrupt end after one of the cars hit a motorcycle carrying three people. The motorcycle had forcibly entered into the barricaded area, breaking past the security barrier while the stage was still green.
"The driver was moving at high speed and could not even see the motorbike as it emerged at a sharp turn," Mr Arvind Balan, the local organizer of the rally said.
"It was an unfortunate incident that took place despite all the safety measures being in place," Mr. J Prithiviraj, president of FMSCI, who is also the COC of the event, said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. The entire motorsports fraternity stands with them in their grief," he added.
The above was the statement released by the organisers which did not have further details of the incident. But as per the report from India Today, the car involved in the incident was that of 2019 Arjuna Award winner and multiple rally champion, Gill with co-driver Musa Sherif.
The Delhi-based driver himself is in the hospital with respiratory issues and few undisclosed injuries. As mentioned, the bikers were warned to not enter the track due to the danger level but they broke the rule and went in still without wearing helmets.
The crash took place 150m to the finish line with the bike carrying three people instead of the two it is supposed to. Further to the above statement, the organisers in the India Today report added: "Everything happened within less than a minute. It was a literally a blind spot.
"He (Gaurav) tried to stop the car, however, as there was a sharp turn the situation became unavoidable. Despite being warned, the biker forcefully entered the track. We feel very sad for the deceased people and express our condolences to their family members.
"We had all the safety measures at place and also had the necessary permission from the authorities. As for Gill, he is having respiratory issues and has suffered injuries. Currently, he is in a hospital 50 kms away from the place where it all happened.
"Gill was unaware of the people losing their lives and has expressed his condolences. He has asked us to cooperate and abide by the laws." Meanwhile, FMSCI president J Prithiviraj added: "It was an unfortunate incident that took place despite all the safety measures being in place.
"We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. The entire motorsports fraternity stands with them in their grief." The incident comes at a time when Gill is preparing himself for a full WRC2 run with the support of JK Tyre Motorsport.
He already competed in Rally Turkey with M-Sport Ltd in a Ford Fiesta R5 and is scheduled to race in Rally Wales - provided he gets an all-clear now from the doctors and also the legal issue he could face due to the deaths of the people.
The Indian had his first WRC2 outing of 2019 and showed good pace.
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