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Pune: Sanjay Takale finishes runners-up in Production Cup in Japan

Takale opened his Asia Cup points, winning 19 in total, 12 from fourth place finish and 7 bonus points. Here to Gill leads with 78, earned from both China and Japan rallies.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
September 27, 2016 4:35:13 am

Pune’s rally driver Sanjay Takale braved treacherous conditions after the typhoon-beaten course in Obihiro, Japan, and finished eighth overall and second in the Production Cup class in Rally Hokkaido.

Weather-beaten roads in Obihiro challenged everyone and Takale, who was competing after a gap of almost three months, having decided to skip the China Rally, finished runners-up in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) Production Cup and boosted his chances in the race for Asia Cup podium places too.

Back behind the wheels of Subaru Impreza, Takale gave his best on the fast roads in Japan’s Rally Hokkaido-the fourth round of the APRC-and clocked 2 hours 21 minutes 56.7 seconds, almost 21 minutes behind the rally winner Gaurav Gill, also from India.

Takale opened his Asia Cup points, winning 19 in total, 12 from fourth place finish and 7 bonus points. Here to Gill leads with 78, earned from both China and Japan rallies.

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“In this rally we really drove well and it was good to get to the finish as it was a very challenging and high speed rally. Due to the rain, the washed out roads were very rough and very tricky at some places, especially under the covered forest as it was very damp and slippery. We had no problems in this rally as the car was prepared really good. I am now looking forward to Malaysia and India,” said Takale about the conditions at Obihiro.

With his focus now on the Asia Cup, contested over the four Asian-based rounds and finishing in India, Takale vowed to improve his fitness to increase his chances of a podium position in the Asia Cup.

“I will work hard on my fitness so maybe I get a few seconds more in the stages. I’m not fully fit again yet after last year but I want to be better so I will simply work hard,” he said.

The next event on the APRC calendar is the Malaysian Rally, scheduled on October 29-30 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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