The winners pop champagne.
The winners pop champagne. Jeremy Rogers

Indian driver wins Rally of Qld

INDIAN driver Guarav Gill won the International Rally of Queensland with a consistent driving display while rivals fell around him in the forests of the Mary Valley at the weekend.

Gill and New Zealand co-driver Glen Macneall, of the Indian-based MRF Mitsubishi team, won only one of the event’s 18 special stages, on Friday night, but were rarely out of the top three during a test of 268 kilometres.

Victorian brothers Glen and Matt Raymond, in a Mitsubishi Lancer, scored second place and one of the best results of their career, ahead of the other MRF crew of Katsuhiko Taguchi (Japan) and Chris Murphy (Australia).

The Raymonds also won round two of the Pacific Cup, which will conclude with round three in New Caledonia at the end of this month.

In round five of the Australian Rally Championship, run concurrently, husband and wife Simon and Sue Evans, were fastest on every stage to secure not only a dominant victory but also a provisional fourth title.

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