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Karun makes it to British F-3

NEW DELHI, OCT. 10. Teenaged racing driver Karun Chandhok has made it to the 2002 British F-3 championship with an impressive performance in the test-drive for Carlin Motorsports at the Pembrey Track in Wales on Wednesday.

Chasing a benchmark of 52.7 seconds assigned to him by the Carlin Motorsports race engineer Antmony `Boyo' Hyiet, Karun shattered the mark with the fastest lap time of 51.9 seconds.

During the two-day test-drive session, the Indian was at the wheels of TME Dallara 398 Mugen Honda car, which has earlier been driven by Jenson Button and Narain Karthikeyan.

The 17-year-old Karun, who is sponsored by JK Tyres, is the current leader of the Formula Asia Championship.

``It was a fantastic experience and I have learnt a lot in these two days. I am looking forward to my F-3 season,'' Karun said in a statement issued by his sponsors.

On the first day of the test-drive, Karun tested for 130 laps of the 1.5 miles circuit. Overall he completed 176 laps, covering a distance of almost 260 miles.

``I am delighted that our long-standing relationship with India is continuing and I will be taking a personal interest and overseeing Karun's F-3 season,'' said Mr. Martin Stone, co- owner of the Carlin Motorsports.

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