Fast track

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

From go-kart­ing to mo­tor rac­ing, Chi­rag Mal­ho­tra has come a long way in the last eight years. Yet, this is just the be­gin­ning. Mal­ho­tra is the only In­dian at the For­mula Re­nault Win­ter Cup in UK this year. In mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuits, this cham­pi­onship is con­sid­ered to be the foun­da­tion for le­gendary driv­ers. He has had podium po­si­tions in var­i­ous rounds of the JK Tyre National Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship in 2009.

THE JOUR­NEY What started off as just an adren­a­line rush with go-kart­ing at the age of 12 turned into an en­dur­ing pas­sion and pro­fes­sion for the young­ster who has never even imag­ined an al­ter­na­tive vo­ca­tion. Ear­lier this year, he be­gan study­ing mo­tor­sport tech­nol­ogy at HIBT, an as­so­ci­ate col­lege of Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire. Mal­ho­tra ad­mits to be­ing blown away when he be­gan rac­ing in the UK. “Tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced cars, pro­fes­sional ap­proach and every­thing just 10 times bet­ter than in In­dia,” he says.

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“Chi­rag is a fo­cused and promis­ing driver. He needs to im­prove on his fit­ness” N LEE­LAKR­ISH­NAN, CHIEF TECH­NI­CAL DI­REC­TOR, RED ROOSTER RAC­ING “The need to im­prove each per­for­mance gives me the big push I need when I am rac­ing”

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