Road Clear for the Rookie

The Red Bull Road to Rook­ies Cup had its sec­ond and fi­nal round at the MMRT in Chen­nai, and we were on hand to wit­ness his­tory be­ing made

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TWO ROUNDS, SIX races, one elu­sive spot, and a his­toric oc­ca­sion for In­dian mo­tor sport. The sec­ond and fi­nal round of the first ever Red Bull Road to Rook­ies Cup took place in Chen­nai, with a tan­ta­lis­ing prize up for grabs: a chance to com­pete in the qual­i­fy­ing round of the Mo­toGP Rook­ies Cup be­ing held in Va­len­cia, Spain, in Novem­ber. An ex­pert panel of judges would run the rule on all the con­tes­tants, and the In­dian racer who showed the most po­ten­tial would be picked for this cov­eted hon­our. The win­ner wouldn’t just have a chance to test his met­tle against the best, but also to re­ceive train­ing and hone his skills in Spain.

Seven young­sters be­tween 13 and 17 years of age hit the track and as the dust set­tled, Sachin Chaud­hary from Ahmed­abad emerged vic­to­ri­ous. Quite a feat for the 16-year-old who has only been rac­ing com­pet­i­tively since June 2016. He had to work hard to per­suade his fam­ily to let him race. He now has to jug­gle his rac­ing ca­reer with his board ex­ams, see­ing as he is cur­rently in the 10th grade. All those wor­ries faded away at the end of the race as a clearly jubilant Sachin gushed, “It has still not sunk in that I have ac­tu­ally won the Red Bull Road to Rook­ies Cup and will be go­ing to Spain. I do not have words to fully ex­press how happy I am. I learned from the mis­takes I made in the last round and gave it my best this time. I have put in a lot of ef­fort to make it here and this win is truly re­ward­ing.”

We will keep a close eye on Sachin’s progress when he trav­els to Europe and takes a shot at the fairy­tale launch-pad to his rac­ing ca­reer.

Red Bull Road to Rook­ies Cup Win­ner Sachin Chaud­hary

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