11-year-old kart prodigy excels in round-3 of national championship

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Agra
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2015 11:57 IST
After preliminary kart training, at the age of 9, Shahan made his competitive racing debut in 2013, in the highly competitive JK Tyre National Rotax Karting Championship. (HT Photo)

11-year-old Shahan Ali Mohsin, clinched a thrilling victory in round-3 of the JK Tyre Rotax National Karting Championship – 2015, held at Kari Motor Speedway Track in Coimbatore, on Sunday. This victory strengthens his position at the top of the championship rankings.

Competing in the micro max category (8-12 years), which included the country’s top young racers, Shahan braved several mechanical issues and niggles early on in the weekend to reign supreme on the race day -- winning both the pre-final and the final races of round-3. His winning margin in the pre-final was 0.2 seconds while in the finals it was 0.002 seconds.

“The plan was to retain and extend our lead in the championship, so, we are extremely happy with the result,” said an elated Shahan. Commenting on the close finish, he added, “The final race was the closest race finish that I’ve been a part of. Two-thousandth of a second is just unimaginable and I had no clue that I had won even after crossing the finish line.”

In the pre-finals, Shahan overhauled pole-sitter Chirag Ghorpade and kept ahead of the Bangalorean throughout the race to bag the first place and secure the all-important pole position in the final race, which was all about the close fight between Shahan and Nikhil Bohra, another Bangalorean.

Leading from the first lap, Shahan was overtaken by Nikhil on the final lap but he didn’t buckle and again gained on Nikhil at the final corner to take the chequered flag.

With two rounds of the championship to be held in Bangalore, Shahan aims to continue the momentum into the final part of the season. “We have had some issues during the weekends but that’s racing. At the end of it, as long we have strong races and results keep coming, it’s all good,” he said.

The next round is scheduled at Meco Kartopia in Bangalore, on September 12 and 13.

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