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Karthikeyan hopes to put behind Taupo disappointment in Sydney

The Indian finished 10th in the Sprint race format and crashed out of the Feature race at Taupo, New Zealand, when his car was hit from behind.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2008 19:00 IST

Narain Karthikeyan wants to put behind the disappointment of Taupo and make amends in Sunday's race to push Team India up the A1 GP championship ladder.

The Indian finished 10th in the Sprint race format and crashed out of the Feature race at Taupo, New Zealand, when his car was hit from behind.

The one point he earned there took the team's tally to 28 points for the ninth place and Karthikeyan now wants to do better in presence of the Indian diaspora here.

"I look forward to a good race in Sydney," said the Indian.

Dwelling on the Taupo race, he said "We faced several challenges at New Zealand which offered a good learning experience for the team and we are now looking forward to pick up momentum and move further up the grid.

"We tend to have a lot of Indian fans at the races in Australia and I would like to give them something great to take home with them this weekend."

Karthikeyan took part in the A1GP pre-race driver's activity here and was among the drivers who took to the Sydney Wildlife World in Darling Harbour.

"It was a great experience to get hands on with some of Australia's most dangerous animals. There were various snakes, lizards and of course the famous koala bears.

"It is also great to see so much local support and Indian fan following when we are so far away from home," Karthikeyan said.