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Life in the fast lane

Krishnaraaj Mahadik’s dream to become a racer came true after he won the BRDC British Formula 3, this year.

Unlike most eight-year-olds who would play with toy cars, Krishnaraaj Mahadik spent hours at Kolhapur’s go-karting track. A decade or so later, at 19, Mahadik turned his dream into reality. He became the second Indian, after Narain Karthikeyan, to win BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, a prestigious motor racing championship. The race was held at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent, England.

“It was challenging because the championship has drivers competing from all around the globe, and the competition is a close one… when you are leading the race… you come under a lot of pressure. I would like to believe that I handled that very well,” said Mahadik, in an interview.

The beginning

Born on June 12, 1998, Mahadik is the son of Kolhapur MP Dhananjay Mahadik and Arundhati Mahadik. He hails from a family of sports persons — his father was a national champion in boxing and wrestling while his mother was a national level basketball player. His grandfather was a wrestler who had competed with actor and wrestler Dara Singh. Apart from racing, Mahadik also played basketball, badminton, swimming, skating and football. In fact, he had represented his state in football and badminton.

His tryst with racing began even before he was 10 — his friend’s father owned a go-kart racing track in Kolhapur where he found the sport to be thrilling and decided to take it up. There has been no looking back since then.

Laurels galore

When Mahadik was 14, he won the National Go-Karting Championship. In 2012 and 2013, he was the only Indian to represent India at Rotax Max World Grand Finals, an international karting event. He also received the Federation Of Motor Sports Clubs Of India award for winning the Junior National Championship in 2013.

Talking about his British F3 experience, he says, “British F3 happened by chance.” He was preparing for the British F3 in 2018 when Double R Racing, the team he had signed a deal with, asked him to participate in the race as one of its drivers was injured. “I was ready because I had been preparing for the past four months… I was undergoing rigorous physical training and was hitting the tracks regularly.” He has been practising under the guidance of the team’s managers Rupert Cook and Jack Clarke.

“It was an exciting experience and I am happy to have taken my first win in British F3,” he said.

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