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Racing away to motoring glory

Armaan Ebrahim

Armaan Ebrahim  

Armaan Ebrahim is one of Indian motorsport’s brightest prospects. Having given a good account of himself in the FIA Formula Two Championship, the GP2 Asia Series and the Indy Lights – all open-cockpit single-seater competitions — the Chennai-based racer made the switch to sports-car racing with the Blancpain SprintSeries last year.

The 26-year-old was in Bengaluru recently for the inauguration of the Meco Kartopia racetrack and the JK Tyre-MMS Rotax Max Kart Open. He spoke to The Hindu on his career, the growth of Indian motorsport, and the future.

Excerpts:

Preparation for this season: My season starts at the end of June and it goes on till November. The preparation is constant. For example, I drive karts to keep my reflexes high and do some physical training. Other than that it is mostly mental preparation, like keeping myself fresh during the off-season and sorting out the contracts, teams, etc. Once that is all done it is more of focusing, looking at the calendar and studying the tracks.

This season I know only two tracks on the calendar; so all my preparation has to be through video analysis.

Diet: (Laughs) I love my food a bit too much. But I have to stay fit so I keep away the rice and of course I do physical training. Nothing special otherwise.

Most memorable race: There are a few. Obviously, my first win in karting is special. Then there is this one race in Monza where I started 15th and came up to fifth, passing almost 10 cars in a span of 15 laps. That was a pretty special race . I remember all my wins.

Hopes of Nascar, Le Mans: You have to take it season by season and do the best job you can. You never know what might come your way. This is a funny sport. Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time will make all the difference.

Sponsorships: I have had my share of tough times, but I have managed to get this far. It has improved in the last decade. Now we have rookie championships and the main championship. Eight year olds are getting opportunities and facilities. Once they get results there are sponsors in the Indian market. I am happy that it is growing and it is in a much better place than it was when I started off a decade ago.

Having a regular Indian F1 driver: I hope so. We all want to become F1 drivers. I think we would have had the talent but unfortunately it has not worked out.

If given the right opportunities and the funding, then we can see an Indian be a regular part of F1.

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