In the fast Lane

If you have a thing for speed and a passion for driving, then go-karting is the sport for you. Meet the professionals and read their experience of driving across a rough track

BY Salonee Mistry and Zainab Kantawala

Picture this, roaring of engines, smooth tracks, drivers all set to go vroom, and extremely determined to face the fiercely competitive drivers and zoom past them. No, this isn’t a scene from Fast and Furious. It’s a real-life action packed life, of the go-karting drivers, who train and compete in the rugged terrains and on some of the most challenging routes across the country.
These youngsters are no ordinary people who are involved in regular studies or jobs. They risk their limbs and lives fired by their passion for speed and adventure.
These guys are some of the coolest professional go-karting contenders who strive for a thrill. Supremely confident, competitive and capable, these youngsters are a new breed of motorsport enthusiast in a cricket driven country.

Hoshmand Elavia
He is just eight years old and already shining in this very challenging sport. His journey started after his father read about the Rayo racing institute. To build up stamina for this sport, he goes for 8 km walks in the morning every day after which he does his planks, crunches and occasional skipping. He did well to win race three in the Pro Cadet category for the youngest racers at the JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series. He also bagged two runner-up trophies at the event.
“He was very excited to drive the kart. For a kid who was first time on the wheels he drove very clean and no banging into barriers which I thought was amazing,” says his mother.
The one race that is close to his heart is the one held at Buddh International Circuit. It was raining and the racers were expecting to drive on the wet grid, when suddenly the sun God appeared and the track was dry and ready. Hoshmand took a good start, went flat out and won the race.
“Even though you have talent you do require finance at the end of the day. It is an expensive sport and there are not many sponsors for this. There should me more awareness about the sport,” she adds. Besides racing Hoshmand is loves playing football and he has played at the inter-school level.



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