08/11/2012

FPC, ROC & SFI

Yep, we're full of abbreviations today! It's been quite a week for Indian Motorsport, here's the latest news:

Formula Pilota China
The series raced last weekend (at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia), the results were as follows for our drivers:

Race One Result: Bharath 2nd, Ghorpade 5th.
Race Two Result: Bharath 2nd, Ghorpade 9th.
Race Three Result: Ghorpade 3rd, Bharath 6th.

A good weekend in terms of Indian participation with a podium in each race! In fact, it was Raj Bharath's most successful weekend in the championship to date - great effort! Parth Ghorpade probably will be a little disappointed with his results in the first two races, but perhaps the podium in race three made up for it.

Championship standings:

Drivers' championship (1st-7th):
1) Antonio Giovinazzi (193 pts)
2) Dan Wells (153)
3) Parth Ghorpade (130)
4) Ren Nagabuchi (111)
5) Sean Gelael (104)
6) Raj Bharath (89)
7) Shota Kiyohara (74)

Best Asian driver trophy (1st-5th):
1) Parth Ghorpade (169 pts)
2) Sean Gelael (155)
3) Ren Nagabuchi (149)
4) Raj Bharath (130)
5) Shota Kiyohara (79)

Teams' championship (3rd-5th):
3) KCMG (187 pts)
4) Meco Motorsport (87)
5) Meritus GP (26)

3rd & 6th overall in standings for Parth & Raj (which translates to 1st & 4th from the Asian drivers) - they are solid positions! Meco motorsport (Raj's team, who are an Indian team) remain in a comfortable 4th place in the teams' championship. There are three races to go - all of which are again at Sepang, Malaysia.

Race Of Champions
The big news this week was that for the first time ever, Team India will be entering the race of champions! Needless to say that our drivers will be Karun Chandhok & Narain Karthikeyan. I'm not going to go into explaining the format of the event, but if you'd like to learn more - check out the event's pretty impressive website here.

(Karun & Narain during the Team India announcement)

Karun Chandhok (Team India)
"I'm very excited about going to the Race of Champions this year! It's fantastic that the organisers have decided to have an Indian team and Narain and I had the dates free to do it. The event looks like a lot of fun while obviously being very competitive. The concept of ROC Asia is very interesting - we have seen in the last 10 years how motor sport has been shifting to this end of the world more and more and it's great that Fredrik and his team at ROC have embraced this. Narain and I haven't been in the same team since 2004 when neither of us was an F1 driver. A lot has changed in life since then and it should be a lot of fun to work together again. ROC has always attracted some of the biggest names in world motor sport including Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Mick Doohan and it will be nice to spend time with all these guys as well".

Narain Karthikeyan (Team India)
"It's really cool to receive an invitation to participate in the Race of Champions. What a fantastic honour it is as well. The competition is the strongest in the world, with only the best of the best from many different forms of motor sport all competing against each other. The added benefit of representing your country is a real privilege, and one which I have done before in my career, so I know how special that feels. Karun and I are definitely going to enjoy ourselves, racing against our peers in some pretty cool machinery, but we will also be gunning for victory, and with a bit of luck, we will bring glory to our nation".

Sahara Force India 
Meanwhile at Sahara Force India: the team have decided to focus on staying ahead of Williams rather than catching Sauber. Plus Paul di Resta has stated he is ready to lead the team, if required.That's all for now, we should have more updates in the coming days - keep up-to-date on our facebook page here.

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