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201428 Sep

Jehan-Daruvala-World-Karting-Championship-Podium

 

Sahara Force India Academy driver Jehan Daruvala has bagged the 2nd runner up position in the 2014 CIK FIA World Karting Championship which was conducted in Essay, France, with 72 of the world’s top drivers battling for glory.

 

In practice Daruvala was as good as a tenth of a second of the pace, but was a bit disappointed with an 18th place out of 72 in qualifying. The competition so close that 68 drivers qualified within 1 second.

 

Next came the heats and Daruvala had to battle it out in four separate heats where he faced mixed fortunes. His first heat saw him finish 6th while the second heat proved disastrous. Daruvala was pushed off track where he unfortunately collected dirt on his tyres. Due to this, he was not able to brake properly and collided with another driver. An ensuing penalty, meant he finished 22nd. Heat three and four saw Daruvala consolidate his position with a 5th and 7th place respectively.

 

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His total points from the heats meant that he would start 15th in the pre-finals. A new twist was added after it rained heavily, but not to be deterred, Daruvala showed his true capabilities. He pushed hard and made a blinder of a start, lap by lap he overtook drivers and by lap 13, Daruvala moved into 5th position, where he stayed till the end of the 17 lap pre final. British driver Tom Joyner won the race.

 

Daruvala started the final of the World Championship in 5th place. Another fantastic start saw him grab the lead by the end of the first lap. He started opening up a small lead and on lap 6 Daruvala had a half second margin to another British driver - Lando Norris. However a few laps later the British driver upped the ante and overtook Daruvala on lap 9. Unfortunately for Daruvala, on the last lap he was passed by Russian driver Nikita Mazepin. Finally, Jehan Daruvala had to settle for 3rd.

 

Jehan Daruvala said, “We were unable to get the perfect setup for the set of tyres I had in the heats, so I was a bit off pace. I’m glad it rained in the pre-final. It was a lot of fun making up 10 positions. In the final I had a great start and I was leading for a few laps, but Lando had good pace. It’s a bit disappointing to be 3rd after this, but it’s a good result. I would like to thank everyone who has made this possible, Sahara Force India Academy, Team RFM, my mechanic and my parents” 

 

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