Consistently finishing fifth in both races over the weekend, Racing Team India with drivers Narain Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao finished fifth overall in the maiden outing in the Asian Le Mans Championship.
Racing Team India, the first all-Indian team to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series ended fifth in the overall championship standings. The team had its maiden outing at the Dubai Aerodrome earlier this month with the Indian trio of Narain Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao competing in the Oreca-07 LMP2 car. The final two races of the championship were held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this weekend, and saw the team consolidate a fifth-placed finish overall. With a rather promising finish, the team wil continue to chase its dream of competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race later in the year.
The first weekend saw Racing Team India secure fifth and fourth-place finishes in Dubai, while both the four-hour races in Yas Marina saw the team ending the race in fifth place. The team’s maiden season did offer lots of learnings, especially with a steep learning curve. The team also managed to briefly lead the second Dubai race with the car wearing the Indian tri-colour. Drivers Karthikeyan and Maini showed incredible pace through the races, while Rao, with his IMSA Prototype Challenge brought some important experience and also showed immense improvement in the second round.
Racing Team India is backed by JK Tyres with technical support from reigning Asian Le Mans champions Algarve Pro Racing. The team is now looking to become the first all-Indian outfit to participate in Le Mans 24 Hours that is scheduled in June this year. The 89th edition to be held this year will take place on June 12-13, 2021, and will see the teams compete at the Circuit de la Sarthe in a race that tests both the man and machine.