Ashwin Sundar, National F4 racing champion, dies in car crash blaze along with wife

Published: 18th March 2017 02:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2017 03:55 PM  

Ashwin Sundar, who died today in a car crash blaze, had been a familiar figure in the pit-lanes for more than a decade, shooting to fame in the karting circuit at the turn of the millennium.
Ashwin, who married Niveditha last year, was national karting champion in 2002 and enjoyed success after switching to single-seater racing. His peak came in the early 2010s when he won the 2012 JK Tyre National Racing Championships and the 2013 MRF F1600 series.
Ashwin also enjoyed success in two-wheeler racing, winning national titles in the 115cc 4-stroke class and the 150cc 4-stroke class in 2006 and notching podiums in the 2007 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. He had last raced in the 2016 JK Tyre LGB F4 series.
Ashwin, along with his wife Niveditha, was returning from Elliots beach in Besant Nagar around 2 am and driving at breakneck speed when the unfortunate incident occurred. | EPS
Their BMW went up in flames, and is said to have been engulfed by fire almost instantly, leaving no chance for the racer and his wife to get out of the car. | EPS
The police could recover the bodies only after the car and its two occupants were completely charred. | EPS
Ashwin and Niveditha's family were in shock after news about the 27-year-old and his wife's death emerged. | EPS
Family members mourn the loss of the deceased at Royapettah hospital in Chennai. | EPS
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