QUEEN’S ROAD: Yash Aradhya, the 13-year-old schoolboy will be representing India in the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy karting series to be held across Europe. Yash is already gearing up for it and getting used to the tracks and weather etc. with a short tour of the cold continent with his father Sujith.
The Bishop Cotton Boys School lad won the right to represent India as he emerged as the Micro Max champion in the 2014 JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship.
The three competitions of the 2015 calendar will take place alongside the CIK-FIA European and World Championships in Zuera, Spain (June 22 to 25), Genk, Belgium (July 10 to 12) and Le Mans, France (September 11 to 13).
“This year has been the best in my life. Akbar Ebrahim’s mentoring, team support and my hard work paid off. This nomination is really very special and I could not believe when my dad told me about it. Now that this opportunity has come, I am working very hard to put in all my best efforts and bring laurels to the country. I would like to thank my parents and my sponsors for putting their faith and trust on me,” said the young Yash, ranked fourth in Asia.
Aradhya’s mentor Akbar Ebrahim had this to say: “Yash came to me as a nine-year-old and has been under my guidance since the day he started karting. From day 1, it was obvious that he had raw speed in him that could be moulded. He is a diligent young man who follows every tutorial carefully and has worked on his cardio fitness and nutrition without a break.”
“His hard work is now showing dividends and the results are a sign of good things to come,” Ebrahim added.
“Now, with the CIK-FIA Academy providing a global platform, I believe that the best is yet to come. I wish him good luck and hope he keeps up the momentum while keeping his feet firmly planted on the earth,” he added.
Yash Aradhya was crowned the National Karting Champion in the Micro Max category (U-13) at ‘the JK TYRE FMSCI National Karting Championship 2014’.
Yash, who had the best year of his budding career, representing Meco Racing, stamped his class on the Micro Max category (drivers between the age of 7 and 12) at the championship winning four of the five rounds.
Competing on different racing tracks across the country, Yash amassed a total of 196 points to claim the championship. Yash was also adjudged as the ‘Best Karter of the Year 2014’ for his consistent performances and also awarded for the maximum number of wins in a championship.
The final race (Round - 5) held in Vizag witnessed Yash qualifying 2nd and finishing 1st in both the heats and further finishing 1st in the pre-finals and eventually winning the final race in style.
Yash had earlier won Round-1, Round-2 and Round-4 of the championship held in Hyderabad and Kolhapur earlier this year.
“I am very happy that I was able to finish 4th in the Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) Asia Series 2014 in my debut year. And further with the win in Kart Open Championship in the beginning of this year, I would say that this year has lived upto all expectations,” said Yash.
Making his debut under the Team Meco racing banner, Yash bagged the 1st Runner-up slot in the JK Tyre-Meco Motorsports Rotax Max Rookie Cup 2012.
And his passion for the highly competitive sport was evident from then on.
With the opportunity to brush tyres with the best in the World, Yash is the new speed kid of the country and his progress will be watched with great interest.