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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Ashwin Sundar dies in tragic Chennai crash, fellow racers mourn

Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha were trapped inside their car and were charred to death after it rammed into a tree and caught fire in the early hours of Saturday in Chennai. Ashwin Sundar was a well-known auto racer in India

other-sports Updated: Mar 18, 2017 15:58 IST
HT Correspondent
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Ashwin Sundar (centre), a former national champion, died after a car crash in Chennai on Saturday.
Ashwin Sundar (centre), a former national champion, died after a car crash in Chennai on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Professional auto racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha passed away on Saturday after a fatal car crash in Chennai. The couple’s BMW car rammed into a roadside tree, causing the car to be engulfed by flames. The racing world has mourned the young driver’s death.

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Ashwin Sundar and his wife, who was a doctor, were trapped inside the car and were charred to death. Ashwin Sundar had been driving the car at the time of the accident. The tragic crash was caught on camera by witnesses.

Ashwin Sundar is a former national champion, having won the Formula 4 national title twice. He had also won the MRF Formula 1600 International Challenge competition on two occasions.

At the beginning of his career, Sundar had lifted the MRF Formula Mondial National Championship twice.

“It’s a sad day for motor sports,” FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim said.

“I knew Ashwin since he was an infant and I saw him excel in all formats of the sport. May his and his wife’s soul rest in peace,” he added​, expressing his sorrow on behalf of the fraternity​.”

The news of his death has shocked the Indian motorsport fraternity. Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok took to Twitter to express his condolences.

Badminton ace Jwala Gutta termed Sundar’s death as tragic, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also offered her condolences to the bereaved family.

Ashwin Sundar had been in the professional car racing circuit for well over a decade.

First Published: Mar 18, 2017 11:17 IST