Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first System One driver, will spearhead an all-Indian racing staff within the 2021 Asian Le Mans Sequence, which can be held in Abu Dhabi in February, 2021.
Apart from Karthikeyan, the line-up options Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao. The three will look to compete within the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans later in 2021.
The Asian Le Mans Sequence, which is scheduled to be held on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (on February 5-6 and February 19-20), consists of 4 races unfold over two weekends, with every occasion lasting 4 hours. The Indian staff will drive an ORECA 07 automotive within the LMP2 class, and have technical help from the championship-winning facet, Algarve Professional Racing Group.
‘Most fun undertaking’
“I’ve been dreaming of going again to Le Mans for just a few years now. That is most likely probably the most thrilling undertaking in my profession as a racing driver,” Karthikeyan mentioned.
“Now we have a younger and fledgling staff and it’ll little question be an enormous take a look at for us, however I’m assured of doing effectively,” he added.
Bangaluru-based Maini’s expertise in endurance racing will turn out to be useful for the staff, having pushed for Algarve Professional Racing Group within the 2020 European Le Mans Sequence (ELMS).
“I’m glad to be again to racing so quickly after the 2020 European Le Mans season, and I do imagine that Algarve Professional Racing Group, the defending Asian Le Mans Sequence champions, offers us the absolute best probability of securing an entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Maini mentioned.
Rao, who’s the reigning 2020 IMSA Prototype Problem champion, mentioned he’s wanting ahead to driving as a part of Racing Group India. “I’m tremendous excited to be partnering with Narain and Arjun to deliver the first-ever Racing Group India to Le Mans. Le Mans has a magical high quality and is the dream of many children to be part of,” he mentioned.
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Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, CEO of the Asian Le Mans Sequence, welcomed Racing Group India into its fold. “Having an Indian flagged LMP2 staff is just not solely a primary for the Asian Le Mans Sequence, however it is usually a primary for ACO racing all over the world. Now we have a rising supporter base in India, and now they’ve a staff to help. I want the staff all the very best and sit up for seeing them in Abu Dhabi,” Wahlen mentioned.
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