For rallyist Gaurav Gill, winning the Arjuna award was a “shocker”. He says he is still overwhelmed. Gill, however, does not seem to measure the impact of this prize in strictly personal terms. His success, he feels, might have a positive outcome for the future of his relatively niche sport:,For rallyist Gaurav Gill, winning the Arjuna award was a “shocker”. He says he is still overwhelmed. Gill, however, does not seem to measure the impact of this prize in strictly personal terms. His success, he feels, might have a positive outcome for the future of his relatively niche sport: “I believe it will make a difference. I now see a change in the commitment of other drivers. I see how they are pumped up. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Many are talking about adopting this as a full-time career.”Gill, a three-time winner of the FIA Asia-Pacific-Rally-Championship (2013, 2016 and 2017) and six-time Indian rally champion, says he is now trying hard to take the sport of racing to the masses. “This includes introducing smaller, more powerful and exciting cross karts, which will be a cheaper form of racing at the grassroots level,” he says. Committed to making racing popular, he insists there is much we can learn from shooting and golf. “Twenty years ago, they, too, were considered a rich man’s sport.”Preparing for the upcoming World Rally Championship (WRC) 2, and stressing that he is in “top form”, Gill says that he has recently been spending hours watching videos of the different stages of the race and checking out last year’s tracks on the internet. Strangely, he won’t get to practise in the car he will be participating in. “Getting the rally vehicle here would invite ridiculously heavy import taxes,” he says.Gill, who also trains several Kenyan drivers, feels that in order to push motorsport in the country, the government will need to step in and waive tax and duty on motorsport equipment. “I wish to speak to the ministry concerned and apprise them of how this could give a big boost to our sport. Several countries across the world do not charge duties on equipment and cars imported by rallyists. We shouldn’t either.”advertisement
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re through six weeks of the college football and we’re finally starting to get a picture of which teams can compete for a national title. Alabama is the unquestioned leader in every poll and metric to win back-to-back titles.Can anyone take down the Tide? ESPN’s computer model, FiveThirtyEight, released its predictions for the College Football Playoff.So, who made the list? No surprise, the Crimson Tide sit at No. 1, while the unbeaten Clemson Tigers came in at No. 2.Here’s the top four:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateNotre DameGeorgia, which sits at No. 2 in the AP and Coaches’ Poll, came in at No. 5 on this list. The Bulldogs face four-straight ranked opponents in LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn before finishing the season against UMass and Georgia Tech.A repeat of last year’s foursome isn’t likely, unless Oklahoma wins out and gets a little help along the way.The first CFB Playoff rankings come out on October 30.