On Friday, Team India were pitted against Team China, Team Japan & Team Thailand for the prize of being ROC Asia champions. Team India began their campaign against a formidable line-up of Team China. Karthikeyan gave them a lead with a win over Ho Pin Tung but Karun lost against Han Han by 0.3s of a margin. They then went against the home hero’s, Team Thailand against whom both Karun & Narain won with some ease giving India 3 wins out of 4 heats. Next up they were against Team Japan, Karthikeyan started but lost his heat putting Karun under pressure for them to reach in the finals. He didn’t disappoint as he won his heat giving India 4 wins out of 6 and helping India to reach the finals of ROC Asia. They ended with 4 wins out 6 in group stages.
In the finals they faced Team Japan again and the two races become the most important of the evening. It was a brilliant ending then as both Karun & Narain won their heats to give Team India their maiden ROC Asia championship. They beat Japan 2-0 fair and square. It was indeed a proud moment for all of us. They can very well call them best of Asia. One thing good about ROC is that everyone get the same car and have same track conditions. It’s all down to skills and some luck. We saw some close fight between everyone but was great to see Team India coming out victorious with two of the country’s top drivers.
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After winning the ROC Asia, it was time for Team India to battle it out for the Nations Cup with the world’s best. They were pitted against Team Germany, Team Australia & Team Thailand. It seemed that they will make it to the semi’s if they can get wins against Australia & Thailand but it wasn’t so in the end. They started their day against Team Australia as Karthikeyan started off against V8 Supercar champ Jamie. He won on the basis of time but due to him touching the wall, Jamie was awarded the win and then Karun lost his heat with a close margin. Next up was the big battle of Team Germany against Team India as Schumacher went against Narain & Vettel against Karun. Unfortunately the results didn’t go our way but it was thrilling to see them race against each other, doesn’t happen all the time. They then faced Team Thailand were both Narain & Karun won giving India 2 wins in the end. They ended 3rd in their group and their run in Nations Cup ended.
I thought they would beat Australia & Thailand, get 4 wins to reach semi’s but that wasn’t to be. The track changes in the morning didn’t help them as they had little practice on it, some mistakes also costed dearly but that’s how it is. It was still a good rookie attempt and they go as Asia champions ending their 2012 campaign in a bit off a high. As they themselves say, we will surely see a strong performance next year from them.