AGRA/BENGALURU || Following a mixed Round 2 in the MRF F1600 Championship, where Shahan encountered rain for the first time in his single-seater career, he was back to his karting roots this weekend for the final round of 2019 JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Championship.
With a 12 points advantage in the Senior category, Shahan entered the weekend with confidence at his side along with his team MSport. Like the other rounds, Bangalore’s Meco Kartopia hosted the finale, where new champions in Micro Max, Junior and Senior categories were to be crowned.
As already known from before, at 14-years in 2018, Shahan was the youngest to compete in the Senior category in India. This has helped him to be now crowned as the youngest Indian National Karting champion in the Senior category. To clarify, he was allowed to compete as per the guidelines set by the FIA and CIK, especially with regards to the age limit.
It was a straightforward start to his weekend as he qualified on pole and won Heat 1 and Heat 2. A rain shower in the Pre-Final and Final changed the conditions completely. Shahan finished third in very wet and tricky conditions and was second in the Final. It was enough though for Shahan to seal the title, his sixth championship win in four years. The Senior title of 2019 adds to his 2015 Indian National Cadets, 2016 Asian Cadets, 2016 Indian National Cadets, 2018 Indian National Junior and 2018 Indian Junior X30 series.
“First of all, it was a big relief to get over the line,” says Shahan. “Even though you have a handy lead, it is still that you need to finish the weekend. One technical error and it can snatch away all your points. There is no doubt that I am extremely happy to become the youngest driver to win in the Senior category of the Indian National Karting championship”, he further said.
“It was a day of mixed weather as it started out dry but the two races, in the end, were under tricky conditions, with the finals being a crazy race where we were running the slick tyres in wet conditions. It was all about bringing the kart home with enough points to seal the championship. A big thanks to my team MSport and JK Tyre without whom, this wasn’t possible”, the 15-year-old boy mused further.”