Force India Academy’s 15 yr old becomes first Indian to win British Karting Championship

The only Indian outfit in F1 today, has added yet another feather to it’s cap when their academy driver, 15 yr old Jehan Daruvala claimed the British Karting Championship. In doing so, he joins the league of F1 champions like Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell, who too had been champions here earlier.

sahara force india Academy driver Jehan Daruvala claims British Championship title!

Speaking about Jehan’s win, Coach and mentor Terry Fullerton – who was crowned British Champion on this very track 45 years before his protégé – was full of praise for our Academy driver. “Jehan had to overcome very difficult and testing wet conditions, as well as a strong challenge from his more experienced team mate Ticktum – who as British MSA Cadet Kart Champion in 2011 was an incredible opponent. It was an historic achievement.”

Jehan, who was surrounded by his family and friends on the day, couldn’t contain his happiness after stepping on the podium to receive his trophy. “I worked really hard for this, both physically and mentally. I am really proud of what I have achieved and I would have been gutted if I hadn’t got the title. I put a great effort into this campaign and I hope to build on it and do well next season as well.”

“I was a bit nervous before the race, I knew I had to be in front of Daniel to win. The track was damp but drying lap after lap, so I managed to settle down into a rhythm and still improve my times as the race went on. I really have to thank Sahara Force India Formula One Team, Ricky Flynn Motorsport, Terry and my mental trainer Don Macpherson for all the support they gave me – if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.”

Jehan will be flying back to India to attend the 2013 Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix with the Sahara Force India team to celebrate this historic achievement in his home country.