His UK racing debut in Protyre Formula Renault comes through after having tested with MGR Motorsport at the end of last year. Having been part of the Sahara Force India F1 Team Academy, he went from karting to cars at 15 in the MRF 1600 series. He’s the youngest ever winner of a race in the category in only his 3rd outing. He won both races in the 1st round of the 2014 MRF 1600 Championship.
Tarun’s 1st race for the new sesaon is this weekend at Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit in Northamptonshire.He said, “I am really happy to be racing in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship in the UK. Everyone knows that doing well in the UK is key to having a successful racing career. We spent the second half of last year seeing which championship to race in for 2014 and we feel this is the best option for me. This is not going to be easy as the field is really competitive and many drivers are in their second year of the championship.”
“Unfortunately I could not get as much testing as I wanted due to my exams. My parents have made it clear that school is priority above anything else so I have been travelling up and down to the UK between my exams. I would like to follow in the footsteps of Narain (Karthikeyan) and Karun (Chandhok) and do well in the UK to further boost my career,” he added.
Protyre Formula Renault Championship, a popular and cost-effective junior single-seater series in the UK is a renowned entry-level category for aspiring young drivers proving important towrads towards the FIA Formula One World Championship journey. Tarun’s team-mates include Pietro Fittipaldi (World Champion Emmerson Fittipaldi’s grandson), Matteo Ferrer, who debuted with MGR in Protyre Formula Renault in 2013, and Colin Noble, reigning Radical SR1 Cup Champion.
MGR Motorsport Team Owner Mark Godwin said, “Tarun has impressed us in the testing he’s done with us, it looks like he could be one to watch and he’s got Rupert (Svendsen-Cook) behind him looking after his career. Rupert knows the Renault is the best car for Tarun to learn in and this is where he needs to be. I’m sure he’ll be very competitive from the off and we’ll have four strong drivers. The aim is to try and emulate what we did last season!”
Rupert Svendsen-Cook has been managing and helping Tarun and said, “This is a big weekend for Tarun. Since first starting our working relationship in Coimbatore we have come a long way to be here in one of the most competitive single seater series in Europe. We have had to work hard to balance his school exams and testing mileage over the winter but Tarun has shown great ability and progress behind the wheel. Tarun has substantially more experienced team mates this year which is a great advantage for him to learn quickly. It’s a relentless sport and we have a long way to go but I think Tarun can surprise a few people this weekend.”
Tarun heads into the Championship with limited testing compared to other drivers. He said, “I know it will be tough to get acclimatized but I am ready for the challenge.”
Protyre Formula Renault Championship has played an important role in providing much needed experience to young drivers. 2007 Vice-Champion, Dean Stoneman tested a Formula One car within 3 years of racing in Protyre Formula Renault, and won the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Alice Powell won the 2010 Protyre Formula Renault crown and graduated into GP3. 2011 champion Dino Zamparelli went onto be part of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finals.
2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship will be contested over 15 rounds at 6 race events with double-header and triple-header race meetings.