29/08/2012

Half time report: The future stars

This is the final part of our half time report. The previous parts are here (the F1 boys) and here (the non-F1 idols).

This time we'll review everyone else, or "the future stars" as we like to call them.

Shahaan Engineer:
With 12 out of 20 races completed, Shahaan sits 13th in the championship out of 41 drivers. Things are looking pretty promising for Shahaan going into the future. He's often found in the top ten during a race weekend, plus we believe he has a budget to match his ambition. Being quick and having money is the best combination you can have in motorsport, but just how high up the motorsport ladder will Shahaan reach?
Oshan Kothadiya:
18th in the championship of the 21 drivers in the series - not bad in his first season of International racing. This year is more about learning for Oshan really. Presumably he'll push up the order a little more next season when he has some more experienced under his belt.

Sailesh Bolisetti:
Early hopes of the title were looking good until race five of the ten race season. Reliability issues and then the rejection of a visa application for Sailesh ruined any title chances. However the pace, including one class win, has been very impressive this season and it has done wonders for Sailesh's reputation.

Parth Ghorpade:
Parth is a driver to be very excited about for the future. Having developed his talent in the French F4 championship, Parth switched to Formula Pilota China for 2012. He's done pretty well too, 4th in the championship with nine races to go; plus he's seemingly getting stronger each weekend! Watch out for this kid, he's quick!

Raj Bharath:
Racing with Parth this season in Formula Pilota China. He's has his fair share of good and bad luck this season, but overall he has impressed. He's 7th in the championship out of 17 drivers and like Parth, he seems to be gaining pace every time he gets in the car.

Aditya Patel:
The very friendly Indian driver is racing in the VLN series in 2012, although not at every race. Aditya did switch to single-seaters earlier this season as a guest driver in Karun Chandhok's project; the JK Racing Asia Series. Two 6th places in the four races he did was a solid effort.

The SFI academy boys:
Arjun Maini, Jehan Daruvala and Tarun Reddy are all racing in the Super One Series this season; their first season in international motorsport. They're not eligible for championship points due to FIA regulations (as they don't have EU professional licences) so this season is all about learning and developing. It will be interesting to see if Sahara Force India keep them all in the series next season or move them further up the motorsport ladder.

Zaamin Jaffer:
A very promising driver who has no race seat this season due to a lack of cash unfortunately. We'll have a feature on him in the coming days, so look out for that.

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