The danger of rally racing is, on the face of it, obvious. Cars and bikes racing in close proximity at breakneck speeds guarantee injury and death lurking at every corner. Fraught with its own cocktail of risk, the Maxperience Rally, Round 3 of the Champions Yacht Club FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship in Jodhpur today met a similar fate. The gruelling event claimed three lives, as reported by IANS.
The accident is reported to have happened only 150m from the finishing line of the rally race when a motorbiker, carrying two others, came in front of the car of the country’s legendary rallyist Gaurav Gill. The three deceased were not wearing helmets and were on the track, in spite of the warning issued before the race.
The organisers told IANS,
They added, “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.” The Maxperience Rally now stands cancelled because of the accident.
The six-time winner of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), Gaurav sustained critical injuries. “He is having respiratory issues and has suffered injuries. Currently, he is in hospital 50kms away from the place where it all happened. Gill was unaware of the people losing their lives and expressed his condolences,” said an official. Earlier on August 30, Gaurav had become the first-ever recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award from the Indian motorsport community.