Tarun Reddy crossed his first hurdle this year by completing his Class X board exams. The 15-year-old is now ready to tackle the challenges on the race track.
He did so in style on Sunday, becoming the youngest driver to win the MRF FF 1600 race at Irungattukotai during the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championships (third round).
Starting from the second position, Tarun grabbed the lead at the first corner from pole starter Sudharshan Rao. By the second lap, he had outpaced his rivals. He finished almost two seconds ahead of Yudai Jinkawa.
Championship leader Ashwin Sundar completed the podium line-up after he managed to come out unscathed in a collision between Rao and Shinya Michimi in the third lap.
"You get a license for driving in circuit at the age of 15 in India. I didn't want to waste time, I wanted to race as early as possible," said Tarun.
The student from Lady Andal School graduated from karting this year, but did not get the right start to the season in the first round early this year. Tarun enlisted the services of former British F3 racer Rupert Svendson-Cook and an immediate change was noticed."
He earned his first podium finish in the previous round in Coimbatore and another podium finish on Saturday, apart from his maiden victory, to boost his chances in the championship. "Rupert has helped me with my technique, especially braking in the corners. His mentoring has shown the results," said Tarun.
The writer's trip was sponsored by the Madras Motorsports Club
Gill coasts to victory
It was an easy day in office for Gaurav Gill, as the national rally champion won both the races in the Indian Touring Car category on Sunday.
Starting from pole, Gill broke away from the pack and widened his lead. While it was clear skies during the first race, the second race commenced under cool conditions after a brief spell of rain.