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Two-stroke karting the perfect platform for Indian racers

Whether it’s Parth Ghorpade winning two out of three races in Formula Pilota or Jehan Daruvala completely dominating the final round of the British Super One karting series, something is allowing young Indians to go wheel-to-wheel with the best young racers from around the world.
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Updated on Oct 05, 2012 06:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Pole and double podium boost for Engineer

There probably aren't many 17-year-olds around the world whose diet doesn't include any fried or oily foods. But then again, not many of them are embarking on a single seat racing career. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on Sep 24, 2012 12:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

'Rash idols affect young racers'

Driving standards in Formula One has been a hot topic over the last two Grands Prix in Belgium and Italy. Belgium saw Lotus' Romain Grosjean force Lewis Hamilton off the track and cause a massive accident at the start of the race.
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Updated on Sep 18, 2012 11:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Khushlani returns from racing limbo

Before last weekend's JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS) round at Silverstone, Akhil Khushlani had not been behind the wheel of a racing car for almost a year.
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Updated on Sep 13, 2012 11:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Winning titles under the radar; the story of 'Big Shot Rob'

When you think of the most successful NBA players of all time, what are the names that pop up in your head? As far as current players are concerned, five-time champion Kobe Bryant is sure to be one of them. Vinayak Pande reports. Know Horry
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Updated on Sep 12, 2012 12:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Another way to promote parity in F1

Jean Todt, the President of Formula One's governing body (FIA), has been going on recently about the need to cut costs in F1 in order to keep it sustainable. Vinayak Pande writes. Mind's I
Updated on Sep 10, 2012 01:40 AM IST
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Rest over, back to chasing giant-sized dreams

Standing in a t-shirt and sports pants and holding a basketball, Satnam Singh Bhamra would be like any other 16-year-old who likes to shoot a little bit. That is, of course, if he wasn't wearing size 19 flip-flops, towering a foot above this writer at 7'2" and weighing in at 135 kilos. Bhamra's massive proportions are matched only by his king-sized dreams of a career in the NBA and international events.
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Updated on Aug 23, 2012 12:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande

Being home never ‘sounded’ so good for Bolisetti

Many think young, aspiring Indian racing drivers would be itching to leave the country for good. After all, destinations like the United Kingdom, Germany and the U.S. are choc-a-bloc with high-profile and respected racing series and championships that serve as a launching pad for a driver to become a fixture in global motorsport.
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Updated on Jul 09, 2012 11:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Coimbatore

An arm here, a leg there, that's racing

Everyone knows motorsport is an expensive pastime and that the annual budget for running a top level Formula One team is in excess of $100 million. Spending such sums may appear crazy but the heavy hitters are able to turn a profit due to the championship's global stature. Vinayak Pande reports. Results
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Updated on Jul 09, 2012 01:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Coimbatore

Chaos in touring cars as Hede takes Polo R Cup pole

The opening round of the JK Tyre National Racing Championship saw chaos ensue in the opening Indian Touring Car race as the three fastest qualifiers all retired from the 15 lap race leaving the door open for a surprise win for M Shivaramakrishnan at the Kari Motor Speedway. Vinayak Pande reports. Results
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Updated on Jul 08, 2012 01:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Coimbatore

Rallying gasping for breath

Rallying in India is in trouble. This is something people within the country's rallying fraternity knew even before the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI) released a truncated, four-round, calendar for the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) last week, which won't start until September. Accompanying this announcement was the news that the INRC will run without a sponsor or promoter, forcing the motorsport clubs, which organise and run rallies around the country, to bear the costs.
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Updated on Jun 07, 2012 01:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Committed Banajee grooms India's racing future

At 32-years-of-age, Banajee is no longer a competitor for Rayo Racing, the team he started and used to drive for, but is fully committed to finding and helping the next generation of Indian racing drivers. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on May 26, 2012 08:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Kimi whispers, Schumi yells

Coach Rob Wilson says the reason for the contrasting fortunes of comeback-men Raikkonen and Schumacher is their different driving styles. Vinayak Pande writes. Notes from the coach | When Kimi met Schumi | Back and forth
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Updated on May 20, 2012 02:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande

A drive to remember

Getting behind the wheel of a racing car is a dream come true for any racing fan. HT relives the experience of an incredible day.
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Updated on May 19, 2012 12:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida

Seconds not tenths

HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan's 2012 season is frustratingly turning out to be much like his disappointing 2011 campaign. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on May 11, 2012 01:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Extreme evening for Noida gentry

Think of them as artistic gymnasts on roller-blades, skateboards, cycles and motorcycles. The extreme sports athletes who came from all over the world to strut their stuff in the second leg of the Mountain Dew Xtreme Tour in Noida compete for accolades such in competitions like the X-Games. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on May 05, 2012 11:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Noida

Burning rubber the right way on India’s F1 track

Anyone who reads newspapers and watches television can tell that Indian drivers and bikers have a 'need for speed'. How else do you explain the endless news of mangled cars and bikes after their owners' impromptu and illegal joyrides went horribly wrong. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Apr 27, 2012 11:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande

Bahrain bomb scare for Force India team

Formula One may not (yet) be a direct target of anti-government protesters in Bahrain but that doesn’t mean that personnel from the 12 visiting teams are not entirely out of danger.
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Updated on Apr 20, 2012 12:31 AM IST
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Patel very much at home in Germany's 'Green Hell'

Aditya Patel, the 23-year-old racing driver from Chennai recounts his experience of driving on a racing circuit known as 'The Green Hell'. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Apr 17, 2012 11:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

International Rally of Whangarei

Atkinson topped the podium at Whangarei for the second year in a row. Gill joined him in third to make it a double podium finish for Team MRF. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande 17
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Updated on Apr 01, 2012 02:46 PM IST
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No easy task for fast and furious Gill in APRC

The very thought of reminiscing on wasted opportunities is not the norm for racing/rally drivers and this is exactly the case with Gaurav Gill and the Chinese round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in 2010. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on Apr 04, 2012 12:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Whangarei, New Zealand

Gill takes third as Atkinson wins APRC Whangarei

Australia's Chris Atkinson triumphed at the opening round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship today as his teammate Gaurav Gill took third place to give Team MRF a double podium finish on the Brother International Rally of Whangarei. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Apr 02, 2012 12:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Whangarei, New Zealand

Atkinson leads as Gill holds on to third

Team MRF's Chris Atkinson found himself at the top of the time sheet at the end of the first leg of the opening round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in Whangarei today.
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Updated on Apr 01, 2012 12:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Whangarei, New Zealand

March 31 in pics

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MRF's Chris Atkinson holds a comfortable lead over Proton's Per-Gunnar Andersson going into the second leg of the Rally Whangarei. Vinayak Pande/HT Photo
Updated on Apr 01, 2012 11:03 AM IST
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In new car, Gill eyes podium

Team MRF's Gaurav Gill has set his sights on a podium finish in the Brother International Rally of Whangarei, which is the opening round of the 2012 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).
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Updated on Mar 31, 2012 01:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Whangarei, New Zealand

Gill aiming for podium finish in new car

Team MRF's Gaurav Gill has set his sights on a podium finish in Brother International Rally of Whangarei, which is the opening round of the 2012 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Mar 30, 2012 10:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Whangarei, New Zealand

Karthikeyan slams Vettel, calls him 'unprofessional'

Indian feels the world champ is frustrated with difficult start to the season and is looking for excuses. Vinayak Pande reports. The official version | How it happened
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Updated on Mar 28, 2012 02:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

When Formula One driver turns a chauffeur

Indian feels the world champ is frustrated with difficult start to the season and is looking for excuses. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on Mar 28, 2012 12:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida

The old dog is back to his old tricks

For anyone with just a cursory interest in Formula One, seeing 43-year-old Michael Schumacher amongst the three fastest qualifiers at the Malaysian Grand Prix would have come as a bit of a shock. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Mar 25, 2012 12:40 AM IST
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Touch and go for Narain at scorching Sepang

Lack of pre-season testing makes going tough for HRT F1 and Karthikeyan at demanding circuit. Vinayak Pande reports.
Updated on Mar 23, 2012 11:14 PM IST
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