Rally champion Gaurav Gill takes a chill pill during Covid-19 lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic or the national lockdown don’t come in the way of India’s star rally racer Gaurav Gill and his determination to stay fit.

A six-time Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) winner, in his words, has finally got time for two important things in life: fitness and family.

In a sport that requires major travelling and more time behind the wheels, Gill is taking the ongoing situation in a rather positive way. For him, the period works as a perfect season to train his body and spend quality time with the family.

“I haven’t had so much time to spend with family, so it’s good for me to connect with them again and I have time to train again and be in top shape. I’m a positive person in life, so I feel everything will settle down again soon,” he told Mail Today.

“My day is quite busy actually. The day usually starts with my kids’ online schooling which ends at lunch and thereafter, I rest for a bit to set myself up for my evening workout session and ending the day post-dinner followed by a movie,” he added.

Gill’s ambitions for the season included the WRC-2 class of FIA World Rally Championship along with plans to reclaim his INRC title he lost last year. Being the kind of positive person he is, the 38-year-old has hopes of turning things around in future.

“I can’t wait to get back in the Rally Car and get on to my winning ways. It’s been a big blow for all kinds of sports around the globe and they’ve all come to a standstill for now. This is something I could have never imagined but it’s for all of us now. So there’s no point crying about it,” he said.

While other Indian athletes continue to train at home or Sports Authority of India hostels, Gill’s is not exactly the kind of sport one can practice indoors. Not only does the lockdown hamper Gill’s training, but to bring back the momentum is a big task in hand. Moreover, Gill feels the shutdown of sport worldwide will also bear a financial impact on the riders.

“Yes, it’s impossible to train at home. The only thing I can do is to look at my older videos and study them to understand how to rectify my mistakes and work on getting my pace notes system more error-free. It’s extremely difficult for every sportsperson to bounce back immediately after a long hiatus.

“The most important thing in our sport is seat time. One must be always behind the wheel to excel and this is a situation where I’m far from my rally car for long. It’s going to take time to get back into rhythm but I will have no choice but to put in all the effort possible.

“Yes it has put an impact and I’m sure a lot of people will suffer financially. I sincerely hope this opens up and gets resolved at the earliest,” he concluded.

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