Steadily finishing fifth in both races this weekend, Racing Team India with drivers Narain Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao finished fifth overall in the first outing of the Asian Le Mans Championship.
Racing Team India finished fifth in two 4-hour races at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi
Racing Team India, the first all-Indian team to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series, finished fifth overall in the championship. The team made its debut outing at Dubai Airfield earlier this month with Indian trio Narain Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao competing in the Oreca-07 LMP2 car. The last two races of the championship took place this weekend at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi and allowed the team to consolidate its fifth place overall. With a rather promising finish, the team will continue to pursue their dream of competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race later in the year.
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The first weekend saw Racing Team India clinch fifth and fourth places in Dubai, while the two four-hour races at Yas Marina saw the team finish the race in fifth place. The team’s first season offered a lot of learning, especially with a steep learning curve. The team also managed to briefly lead Dubai’s second race with the car wearing the Indian tricolor. Drivers Karthikeyan and Maini showed incredible pace throughout the races, while Rao, with his IMSA Prototype Challenge, brought significant experience and also showed immense improvement in the second lap.
Racing Team India is supported by JK Tires with technical support from reigning Asian Le Mans champion Algarve Pro Racing. The team is now looking to become the first all-Indian team to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, scheduled for June of this year. The 89th edition to be held this year will take place from June 12 to 13, 2021 and will see the teams compete on the Circuit de la Sarthe in a race that tests both man and machine.
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