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KALYAN ASHOK
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GOKARTING Debuting last year, 10-year-old Bangalore boy Yash Aradhya was crowned champion this year

Who’s the boss?A triumphant Yash
Who’s the boss?A triumphant Yash

The Indian karting world now has a new young star on the track, and it is 10-year-old Yash Aradhya, a fifth standard Baldwin Co-Ed School Student from Bangalore, who was crowned champion in the JK Tyre-Meco Motorsports Rotax Max Kart Open 2013, held at Kart Centre – Lahari Resorts in Hyderabad recently. The young prodigy lifted the Micro Max Cup in the overall Open Class event, with five wins, four second, and a third place finish with 95 points.

Debuting just last year under the Team Meco racing banner, Yash has, under the able tutelage of his mentor — Indian racing legend Akbar Ebrahim — proved his ability in the very first year itself. He bagged the 1st Runner-up slot in the JK Tyre-Meco Motorsports Rotax Max Rookie Cup 2012. And his passion for the highly competitive sport is certainly manifesting itself and taking him places.

Akbar Ebrahim is elated with his ward’s success. “Yash has the raw talent and has shown immense concentration and passion for the sport , and we are working on his skills and hope to mould him as an exciting racing prospect for the future. Yes, we do have a gifted young lad, who has the potential to make it big in the sport and the journey has just begun,” says Akbar.

The journey for Yash began as a six year old and he told his father, Sujith, that he wants to become a racer. Sujith says his son’s first year debut, where he was first runner-up in Rookie Division, made him sit up and seriously consider it as an sporting option.The next step for this father was to assemble a team , which can guide Yash in the right way in the sport. “We were blessed to have a Guru like Akbar Ebrahim, a legend in motorsport and we tied up with Ronnie Seghal of Bulldog Sportz, for fitness training. Ronnie and Akbar devised a proper fitness programme for Yash and we took the services of Qua Nutrition , who monitor Yash’s diet.”

Motorsport is a highly competitive sport, which drains the mind and body and one may question, introducing it to kids. Akbar says, “There is no harm starting young. The karts for them are specially made incorporating all safety devices and so are the kits for young racers and it is as safe as any other sport.”

Sujith takes Yash to Hyderabad every month for a three-day stint with Akbar Ebrahim. “Hopefully, we should soon have a track in Bangalore, then we can cut down on travel.” Yash trains for fitness two hours, five days a week. Do studies suffer in the process, given such a commitment to karting? Sujith says it is not the case. “In fact, it acts in reverse. Yash knows his responsibilities and studies at every opportune moment, even while travelling in the school bus to make up for any lost time or lessons and the results certainly show — he is among the top five students in his class.” Yash will undergo extensive training under Akbar, both in India and on International circuits. The next podium in his sights is that of the JK Tyre Rotax Max National Championship 2013. From June, there will be a set of five National level races in that quest.

An obviously elated Yash says, “I am delighted with my performance at Hyderabad. I came back from a not-so-good start to win the race and beating a National champion was all the more satisfying. The next big goal is to win the National title in my category. I will work on my speed, endurance and fitness for it.”

KALYAN ASHOK

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