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Flying lessons for speed birds

A band of adventurous boys went through a thrilling training session under the watchful eyes of a Malaysian ace to hone their kart driving skills.



Cadets ready for training in karting in Bangalore.

THEY ARE young and have hot blood racing in their veins. Star struck with the success of Indian Motor racing champions Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, 28 racing cadets from all over the country assembled at Bangalore's 1.2 km. track, Speedzone, to attend an intensive training camp by Wai Leong from Malaysia.

The JK Tyre Pro Am Karting school, conducted the three-day training camp on an initiative of Akbar Ebrahim of the Advanced Driving & Corporate Academy, Chennai and Srinivasan, Managing Director of Speedzone at Whitefield, Bangalore.

Three times Malaysian Karting Champion, Asian Karting champion and third place getter in the World Championship 24-hour Endurance Race Wai Leong was flown down to impart some valuable advice to the trainees.

The boys were put through their paces at the track designed as per FIA/CIK standards.

Six two-stroke imported karts fitted with 100 cc and 125 cc engines were provided to the boys, who were thrilled with the Rotax Max karts with water-cooled radiators and electric starters.

These karts would be the ideal platform for training the boys before they can aspire to drive the bigger formula cars.

The karts produce about 30 BHP and can touch 160 to 180 kmph.

The boys were taught valuable things about the sport including Karts Theory, Steering, throttling and braking, maintaining race pace, passing and defensive moves, physical conditioning, PR skills attaining sponsorship, getting value for sponsors, and etiquette plus many other important aspects of the sport.

Four of the 28 trainees will be sent to Malaysia on a scholarship programme.

The selection will be solely on the performance of the karters.

The training session with a thrilling race was bagged by Bangalore's 20-year-old Satish. Fazal Khan took the runner-up spot, and Rayomand Banajee, from Pune, ended up third.

In the junior's section, Armaan Ebrahim (13) was the winner, Akhil Khushlani (13) was second, and Anand Prasad (13) from Chennai was placed third.

Armaan Ebrahim won a free trip to Malaysia to visit the BMW Race at Sepang while the runner-up and third placed won free rounds in the JK Tyre Karting championship.

D. RAVI SHANKAR

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