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Walawalkar bags two titles in a row

Walawalkar's team - Mohite Racing - also lifted the title for the team championship in karting.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2008 14:16 IST

Mumbai's Ameya Walawalkar of Mohite Racing Academy was awarded the Motorsports Association of India award for defending his Senior National Karting Championship title in 2007.

Walawalkar's team - Mohite Racing - also lifted the title for the team championship in karting followed by Speed Rayo Racing while Team Avalanche was awarded the third place at a function on Saturday.

Team MRF's Gaurav Singh Gill and his co-driver Moosa Sheriff also finished as the overall champions in the national car rally championship.

The duo won the opening round at Kochi followed by wins at Chikmagalur and Bangalore. Raymond Banajee emerged as the champion in the Rotax senior category, while Ashwin Sundar and Aditya Patel won the JK Tyre national racing championship.

Banajee and Walawalkar also became the first Indians to drive in a CIK-FIA championship event in Macau in December last year along with participating in the KF1 class event against the best top 30 drivers from Europe and Asia.

Speaking at the event, the VP of MIA, Nasir Hussian said he was happy to know India has made inroads in the F1 arena and backed the idea of Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya to merge all the Motorsport associations in the country.

"It will definitely benefit the sport when everyone is under one roof. It's a good initiative and I back the idea and it would also end the bickering among the associations," said Hussain.