Chennai teenager aims top spot on podium in Zandvoort
After a month long break, BOSS GP 2017 Championship (formerly known as Auto GP) resumes at the coastal Dutch town of Zandvoort with Indian teenager Mahaveer Raghunathan setting his sights on the top spot. The 18-year-old Chennai boy is currently second in the championship standings with 40 points after a sizzling performance in the opening round of the series held at Hockenheim, Germany in April. Mahaveer is just seven points behind leader Johann Ledermair of Austria.
Mahaveer is representing Italian team Coloni Motorsport, a well-known name in the European circuit. He drives a Lola Gibson Tech 3.4 V8 car in the Formula class which has nine other competitors. Eight of them are using more powerful Dallara Mecachrome 4.0 V8 machines and one racers competing in a Dallara Renault 3.5 V6 vehicle. It clearly shows that Mahaveer has a disadvantage of a lesser-powered machine, but the youngster is not complaining.
After qualifying third on the grid, Mahaveer consolidated his position in Race 1 which was conducted in wet conditions. Mahaveer said the Race 1 was challenging and it taught him a lot about driving in wet. “It started raining during the formation lap and when the race director declared it a wet race, the competitors entered the pits to change their tyres. However, my team took the risk of sending me in with Slick Tyres. I found it difficult to control the car in the first few laps, but slowly got better,” Mahaveer commented. In the 18 lap second race, Mahaveer once again finished third to swell his points tally to 40 points for the weekend.
Mahaveer’s aim is to take the top spot at Zandvoort circuit. “Zandvoort is a challenging track, but I am I am confident of a good show especially after my performance in the opening round,” said Mahaveer.
Standings (After round 1)
1. Johann Ledermair (Austria) 47 points
2. Mahaveer Raghunathan (India) 40 points
3. Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Germany) 40 points
4. Salvatore De Plano (Italy) 34 points
5. Andreas Fiedler (Germany) 16 points
ABOUT MAHAVEER RAGHUNATHAN
Place of birth: Chennai
After learning the nuances of motorsport in karting, Mahaveer graduated to Formula cars in 2012 by competing in the JK Racing Asia Series. In 2013, he drove in the MRF Challenge Formula 1600. He also participated in three races of the Chinese Formula Masters. In 2014, Mahaveer moved to Europe and joined F&M in the Italian Formula 4 Championship. In 2015, he participated in the European Formula 3 championship for Motopark Academy. The 2016 season was his most productive with second overall finish in the Auto GP racing for Coloni’s Italian team PS Racing. At the end of the season, he weighed various options and even tested GP2 cars in Abu Dhabi. He is back in Auto GP championship for the 2017 season with an aim of winning the title.