Where are Indians racing this weekend (September 22-24)
With several Indian drivers competing internationally and a major international race happening in Chennai, the weekend of September 22-24 will be a busy one for Indian motorsport fans.
Note: Ameya Vaidyanathan will be replaced by Devlin DeFrancesco for the final two Europeans F3 rounds, while Krishnaraaj Mahadik will miss the British F3 title decider at Donington Park.
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Jehan Daruvala heads to the Red Bull Ring this weekend for the penultimate round of the European Formula 3 championship.
The Austrian race track was the scene of Daruvala’s first single-seater podium in a Formula Renault NEC race in 2015.
Given his past record, the 18-year-old would be hoping to score his fourth rostrum result of the season and snatch back fifth place in the standings from Jake Hughes.
The two drivers are currently separated by 34 points after Hughes recorded a victory and two second-place finishes at the previous round in Germany.
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The 2017 Super Formula season has been a difficult one for India’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
Karthikeyan was in a prime position to score year’s first points at Autopolis, but was forced to retire on the very first lap.
The 40-year-old will need luck on his side if he’s to get a good result in the penultimate round of the season in Sugo.
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After a season-best seventh place result in Misano, Mahindra would be hoping to continue the upward trend in the next Moto3 race in Aragon, Spain.
Mahindra’s slump in performance this year is well known. And with the Indian manufacturer having decided to quit the championship altogether to focus on Formula E, things are unlikely to improve much.
That said, one can still expect the Mahindra teams to finish in the points in the final five races and end the year on a high.
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Aditya Patel started the Blancpain GT Asia season on a high with a victory in the opening race in Malaysia. Three podium finishes followed in the next four races, making Patel a serious contender for the title.
However, more recently, the Indian has had to endure much more sombre results. With two DNFs and only four points in the last three races, he has slipped to third in the standings.
Hence, the Audi-backed driver would be hoping to arrest the downward trend and return to the podium in Shanghai, where the penultimate round of the season will be held.
Like all other rounds, the Chinese F1 circuit will host two races - one each on Saturday and Sunday.
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Armaan Ebrahim will take part in the final round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, joining countryman Patel in Shanghai.
Ebrahim has been hit by a series of technical issues this year, preventing him from regularly fighting for top-notch results.
Although he has still managed to score two podiums - both on pure pace rather than fortune - he sits quite low in the drivers’ standings.
If the 27-year-old can have a trouble-free weekend, expect him to be fighting for podiums in the two races scheduled for this weekend.
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Akhil Rabindra’s first season in British GT will come to an end this weekend at Donington Park.
Rabindra has adapted fairly well to sportscar racing, having primarily raced in single-seaters until last year.
Heading into the final round, the Garage 59 McLaren driver sits fifth in the rookie ‘Silver’ standings and 10th among all GT4 runners.
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The only international race of the year, Asia Road Racing Championship, will take place at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai this weekend.
The series has several categories, including the highly-rated Supersport 600cc class, where several former MotoGP and WSBK riders will fight it out for the top spot. India’s Sarath Kumar will also join the coveted field of riders.
Honda India protege Rajiv Sethu will represent the country in the Asia Dream Cup.
Honda and TVS will run their respective one-make championships as support races to the ARRC.
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