Doohan jr wants to build on Schumi’s gift

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Sandip Sik­dar sandip.sik­[email protected]

CHENNAI: Fol­low­ing in fa­ther’s foot­steps is com­mon in var­i­ous spheres of life, and sports, es­pe­cially mo­tor­sport is fa­mous for that. Gra­ham and Da­mon Hill, Gilles and Jac­ques Vil­leneuve, Keke and Nico Ros­berg, Michael and Mick Schumacher are some of the fa­mous in­stances where the son has car­ried for­ward the le­gacy in For­mula One.

Jack Doohan is do­ing the same, al­beit a bit dif­fer­ently. Son of Aus­tralia’s five-time Mo­togp world cham­pion Mick Doohan, Jack is not in­ter­ested in two-wheel­ers where his fa­ther won five con­sec­u­tive world ti­tles, from 1994 to 1998. His pas­sion is four-wheels.

“Rac­ing was in the blood, wasn’t it? With my dad on the bikes, I grew up around some­thing rolling; doesn’t mat­ter whether it was two or four-wheel­ers,” says Jack.

Jack isn’t both­ered about emu­lat­ing the Kenny Roberts fa­ther­son act. The Amer­i­cans are the only fa­ther and son to have both won World Cham­pi­onships in Mo­togp.

Jack Doohan’s love for four­wheel­ers has a strong rea­son -Michael Schumacher gifted him a go-kart on his fifth birth­day. In awe of the Fer­rari seven-time F1 cham­pion, the 16-year-old has started en­ter­ing sin­gle-seater rac­ing. “There’s a small track at the back of our house where my mates would go-kart. Then Michael Schumacher bought me a go-kart and I was al­ways go­ing around on that and (my career) re­ally took off from there,” said Jack, who is here to take part in the fi­nal round of the 2018-19 MRF Chal­lenge. “I want to race in For­mula 1 like Schumacher. My dad is also a big in­spi­ra­tion. I have in him some­one to give me ad­vice and he knows the key to suc­ceed in mo­tor rac­ing.”

Jack started out on dirt bikes, which he still rides when at home dur­ing the off-sea­son. But some se­ri­ous in­juries at a young age led Mick to per­suade his son to take up the ‘safer’ op­tion.

“It wasn’t a con­scious de­ci­sion. He hurt him­self on a dirt bike when he was young. To learn to be good on a mo­tor­cy­cle, you have to make a lot of mis­takes, and ev­ery mis­take on a bike means you crash,” says Mick,

MRF CHAL­LENGE

CHENNAI: One of the only two fe­male drivers on the grid, Jamie Chad­wick scored a fine win to move into the cham­pi­onship lead, just one point ahead of ri­val Max De­fourny, in the third and fi­nal round of the MRF Chal­lenge at the MMRT here on Satur­day.

With three more races to be run on Sun­day, Bri­tain’s Chad­wick, who has won four races in 12 starts, has 218 points to Bel­gian De­fourny’s 217.

Chad­wick, 20, start­ing Race 2 sec­ond on the re­verse grid, had a bril­liant start as she moved past pole sit­ter Dy­lan Young of Aus­tralia and over the 20 laps, built up a size­able lead for a de­serv­ing win. Young fin­ished sec­ond, al­most a sec­ond be­hind Chad­wick, while Ger­man An­dreas Est­ner fin­ished third.

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Un­like fa­ther Mick Doohan, who is a Mo­togp le­gend, son Jack wants to make a mark in For­mula One.

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