Rabindra stands out in In­dian se­ries sea­son opener

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPORT - Navneet Singh ■ sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com The writer’s trip is spon­sored by JK Tyre

COIM­BAT­ORE: Akhil Rabindra plans to move up the lad­der this sea­son. The Ban­ga­lore­based driver made a point by dom­i­nat­ing the sea­son-open­ing round of the JK Rac­ing In­dia Se­ries at the 18th JK Tyre Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship here on Satur­day.

He fin­ished over­all sec­ond last sea­son, but this year, ac­cord­ing to Rabindra, he has spent more time on the cir­cuit. “Have been rac­ing in the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers Club F4 se­ries in Eng­land, and it has helped me pol­ish my skills be­hind the wheel,” he said af­ter win­ning the first round.

On the eve of the race, he had to over­come tech­ni­cal glitches in his car, but faced no is­sues when it mat­tered. “It was a good drive,” he said af­ter emerg­ing on top.

Be­sides pol­ish­ing his skills, Rabindra has been de­vot­ing more time to phys­i­cal fit­ness. “It’s a de­mand­ing event and with­out ex­cel­lence in fit­ness it’s dif­fi­cult to have an edge over the ri­vals,” he said.

Since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, he has been do­ing 90 min­utes of phys­i­cal train­ing five days a week. Off the field, he does men­tal ex­er­cises. “When I am not rac­ing, I do other stuff to keep men­tally and phys­i­cally strong,” he said.

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