Kush Maini, 15, who took the go-karting world by storm in 2015, is on the verge of becoming a more regular face on the Formula cars circuit, and eventually intends to zoom away on the Formula-1.
The teenager from Bengaluru became India’s most decorated karter after storming to numerous podiums this year.
His biggest achievement was winning the Trofeo Andrea Margutti Cup, which made him the first Asian to win the prestigious race. Kush also finished second in his first ever KF (the senior level of European karting) race and also became the first Indian to compete in the KZ (shifter kart) class.
The talented youngster already made his foray into Formula cars this year, finishing second in Round 2 of the JK Tyre Racing Series, and at 14 years and became the youngest ever driver to achieve a podium in the championship.
Unfortunately, however, Kush’s season was cut short due to a broken collar bone he suffered during a crash and he was unable to take part in the final two rounds.
This has clearly been a great year for Kush and he looks to 2016 with an eye on even greater achievements at the senior levels.
Kush won the Trofeo Margutti, was second in the WSK Gold Cup, fourth overall in the WSK Champions Cup with second overall in Round 2, runner-up in Round 5 of the German Karting Championship DKM, became the first in the history of Indian motor sports to compete in Shifter karts and the youngest ever to achieve a podium in the JK Tyre Racing Series.
“Yes, I want to concentrate on Formula cars more next year, and move out of karting. I have not yet decided on my future course of action in 2016. I will do so after consulting my parents, my supporters and others who have helped me,” Kush said.
“My victory in the Trofeo Margutti was the highlight this year. I also had several podium finishes and but for the accident, I might have added to this,” he added.
“Motor sport is growing by the day and there is very stiff competition in all areas. So we have to improve and improvise all along to remain among the top performers,” added Kush.
“My family has been very supportive of me. My sponsors, technical staff and many others too. I would like to thank all of them and hope to endeavour to do better,” he said.
“Eventually, like all racing enthusiasts, I hope to be in the F-1 circuit,” concluded Kush.