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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.

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Comments (15)

  • And this is why we can't have nice things

    This incident might have an impact on Gaurav Gill career

      1 year ago
    • For immediate future, the WRC2 drive may not happen until he recovers.

        1 year ago
    • Well that too but I mean psychologically, he did kill 3 people even if that it was an accident

      Moreover a case has been filed against him and the event organisers

        1 year ago
  • It has to be said that there is a certain inevitability regarding this fatal incident albeit a tragedy for the family(ies) bereaved.

      1 year ago
    • I gather that the guys wanted to cross the stage to go to the other side without perhaps understanding whats at stake...

        1 year ago
  • I think it's only political correctness that stops anybody from questioning the level of stupidity one must possess,in order to cross a barricade..

    The reason i say this is because the article says it was near the finish line(I'm sure he must have heard some commotion)

    To top it all, I guess it's a fallacy of the human condition;if there is a barricade put up, 9 times out of 10 we'll find a way through it, rather than another way around..

      1 year ago
    • The last I heard is that they were villagers, so if that's the case, don't think they were fan of the sport.

        1 year ago
    • Surely they would have had prior knowledge about it..just saying..

      We live in a country where police block traffic to allow a sudden convoy of p-heads to pass through so that they can take a leak in their favourite hotel..and we would know...

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        1 year ago
  • So how many died?

      1 year ago
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