Shahan Ali Mohsin created history as he clinched the Asian Karting Championship on Sunday.
Shahan’s participation was in doubt as he missed the practice sessions on Thursday and Friday, being severely dehydrated after a bout of food poisoning.
In the first two heats, Shahan kept his cool to finish second behind Amer Harris. Crucially, his title rival Hayden Haikal finished third.
The trio finished at the same place in the pre-finals.
In the final race of the weekend, the title fight went to the wire and both the contenders — Shahan and Hayden – switched places as Amer led the way.
Shahan finished third, behind Hayden and Amer, but won the title as he had a four-point advantage over Hayden.
“It is unbelievable, really, it is yet to sink in as I was in seriously bad shape just two days back and couldn’t even think of driving a kart, let alone fight for the Asian Championship title”, said Shahan.
“The strength I got from having my parents alongside me throughout was incredible and I still don’t know how I managed to walk, get into the kart and get pole position in qualifying. I surprised even myself a little bit,” he added.