RE-LIVE the exciting battle for victory in the 2015 International Rally of Queensland between Skoda teammates Pontus Tidemand and Gaurav Gill in this 26-minute review of the FIA ARC third round, produced by APRC TV.
EVANS TAKES ARC LEAD WITH QLD WIN
Monday, 22 June 2015 11:15
PHOTO: Eli Evans takes a strong win in his Team Citroen Australia DS3 R3 (Jeremy Rogers pic)
ELI Evans has taken the points lead in the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship after a dominant weekend at the International Rally of Queensland.
READ comments from the drivers after the finish of the International Rally of Queensland, below
Pontus Tidemand: It was quite boring that Gaurav retired. I had a good feeling in the last leg and I was looking forward to having the battle but that’s rally. For sure I am happy that we got here and the victory. It is good for me in the Championship. The team has done a fantastic job, the car, the tyres - everything. I enjoyed this country, it is nice to be here.
PHOTO: Emil Axelsson (left) and Pontus Tidmand celebrate their victory at IROQ (Jeremy Rogers pic)
Caloundra (Sunshine Coast) - ace Pontus Tidemand has cruised home in the International Rally of Queensland after main rival and Skoda teammate Gaurav Gill suffered a heartbreaking retirement barely 30 kilometres from the finish at Imbil, north of the Sunshine Coast, today.
Tidemand and co-driver Emil Axelsson finished four minutes ahead of the New Zealand crew of Mike Young and Malcolm Read, in a Subaru, with Subhan Aksa of Indonesia and Italian co-driver Nicola Arena third in a Mitsubishi.
Gaurav Gill: "We did our changes from last night but they don’t seem to be helping me at all. It is getting dryer and the other two stages were slippery with ball bearing kind of gravel. We were first on the road I didn’t really have good confidence on the brakes and lost huge time to Pontus.
PHOTO: India’s Gaurav Gill leads his Skoda takes to the air during today’s stages in the Imbil State Forest (Nigel Raynard pic)
SKODA teammates Gaurav Gill of India and Pontus Tidemand of Sweden are set for a close fight to the finish of the International Rally of Queensland after ending today’s stages at Imbil north of the Sunshine Coast less than five seconds apart.
Emil Axelsson: Yeah it was pretty all right. In the morning it was a bit slippery so we lost a bit of time to Gaurav and Glen. This afternoon we picked up the pace and we are 4.6 seconds behind and in a good position.