Shahan Ali Mohsin becomes first Indian to win Asian Karting Championship
Young racer Shahan Ali Mohsin has become the first Indian to win the Asian Karting Championship.
The 12-year-old from Agra put up a valiant show during the final weekend after missing two days of track time due to a bout of food poisoning and staved off a strong challenge from his main rival Hayden Haikal to clinch the title here on Sunday.
He will now be hoping for a repeat in the JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship as well, with the final round scheduled on September 25.
Shahan was not completely fit as he fought the infection which surfaced early on Thursday. He was severely dehydrated and his participation in the event became a major question mark while his rivals pounded the track throughout Thursday and Friday during practice sessions.
He showed immense determination and hit the track on Saturday, even though he was not fully fit. Right from the first practice session, he was in the running for the top three spots albeit missing a few tenths from outright benchmark.
However, he almost magically put it together in qualifying — taking pole position by over two-tenths of a second (0.2 sec) — a dominating showing given the drivers from second to fifth positions were separated by just five-hundredth of a second (0.05 sec).