BANGALORE: As he emerged victorious at Round-1 of JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship 2014 in Hyderabad, 11-year-old Yash Aradhya from Bishop Cottons Boys School thrilled the huge crowd with his stunning performance. He won the 11th Rotax Max Karting Championship 2014 on his school’s 150th anniversary.
Yash had crashed out in the pre-finals after being bumped from behind when he was right ahead of the pack. The chain of his car came off and he had to fix it before completing the race. The MECO Racing driver began the race from the back of the grid starting 12th, but drove impressively to win the 15-lap race in a time frame of 8:39.008, fractions of a second ahead of his team mate Paul, in the Micro Max category. It was an amazing drive as he passed the competitors one by one to finally steer clear of all trouble and triumph. The youngster showed that he is indeed made of sterner stuff.
A cool and composed Yash recounts his victory: “Though I was disappointed when I had a crash, this win made me stronger. I will work hard to regain the points I lost due to the crash and win the national championship.”
The fifth round is scheduled to be held across Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Kholapur and Delhi in the Micro Max (7 to 12 years), Junior Max (13 to 16 years) and Senior Max (15 years and above) categories. Yash is competing in the Micro Max category.
With four more races to go, a focused Yash appears to be in top gear already. Claiming the top spot on the leader board, he has shown that he is a fierce competitor.
The racing season this year is looking very good for Yash. He made an impact last month by winning the JK Tyre MMS Rotax Max National Kart Open 2014. He has had a terrific start in the National Karting Championship 2014. He is also trying to make an exceptional international debut in the Rotax Max Asia Challenge 2014. After three rounds of impressive racing, he is placed at No. 6 on the overall leader board. It’s quite an achievement for a 11-year-old in his very first outing in the Asia Challenge.