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Prasad feels the heat of competition

As Vishnu Prasad crouched behind the wheel parked at the end of the grid, he knew he had to live up to the promise he has shown in National Karting and the VW Polo R Cup last year. He knows he will be watched closely. The fate of his season will hinge on his performances during the JK Asia Racing Series (JKRAS) here. Indraneel Das reports.

india Updated: May 27, 2012 12:34 IST
Indraneel Das

As Vishnu Prasad crouched behind the wheel parked at the end of the grid, he knew he had to live up to the promise he has shown in National Karting and the VW Polo R Cup last year. He knows he will be watched closely. The fate of his season will hinge on his performances during the JK Asia Racing Series (JKRAS) here.


Missing a crucial practice session on Friday due to a last-minute inclusion in the Series did not help him either. This being his first time on Sepang circuit, meant every turn and straight he was maneuvering were new to him.

In motorsport, you live by seconds. But for an 18-year-old, who had to miss the Sirocco R Cup because of financial constraints, there's nothing to lose. “I was hoping to finish the race and improve on my position,” said Vishnu, sweat dripping from his forehead after finishing the second race on Saturday. The track temperature was 50 degrees and humidity hovered around 80 per cent.

“For a first-timer practice is always crucial, but I missed it. During qualifying I had to get used to the car as well as the turns.”

He, however, has no complains. “It’s fortunate that I have got a chance to race in this Series.”

“We will watch Vishnu and Bharath Raj (the other Indian supported by JK in this race) during this Super Series,” said Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyre's motorsports division.

“The European circuits in France (Le Mans) and Belgium are tougher. The best Europeans will come in droves. It's there where your racing skills will be tested.” The writer’s trip has been sponsored by JK TYRE