Gaurav Gill to feature in Delhi Championship with MRF

New Delhi: Ace rally driver Gaurav Gill will spearhead India`s challenge in the Delhi Championship with MRF, an official support race of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on October 30 at the Buddh International Circuit at Greater Noida.

Apart from Gill, seven other Indians -- Kartik Shankar, Ashwin Sundar, Zaamin Jaffer, Arjun Balu, Ameta Walavalkar, Amrittrajit Ghosh and G Vikash Anand -- will be seen in action in the two-race championship to be held alongside the Indian GP.

For Gill, who finished second in the 2010 Asia Pacific Rally Championship, the 20-driver `Delhi Championship with MRF` will be his maiden foray into the racing circuit and the Delhi driver is aware of the challenges that lie before him.

"Switching from rallying to racing is very difficult. It`s not going to be an easy task because we will have limited time on the track," Gill said.

"I will try to put my experience and give my best shot," he added.

All the participants will drive MRF Formula 1600cc cars in the event, which will be officially conducted by the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) and Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC).

Narain Karthikeyan, the lone Indian to be driving in the Indian GP, said the Delhi Championship with MRF is an ideal platform for youngsters to prove their mettle before the whole world.

"It (the championship) is a great opportunity for the starters. It is the first level of professionalism for a driver who takes racing seriously," Karthikeyan said during a promotional event on Monday.

"The MRF Formula cars have closed the gap by a significant margine when you go to international level."

Karthikeyan, who gave away a comfortable NASCAR seat to make a comeback to F1 with the Indian GP, feels it was worth a sacrifice.

"I always wanted to comeback to F1 and never gave up hope. This year is big for Indian motorsport and to be an Indian driver (in F1) is a proud moment for me. I am happy to have made the decision," he said.

"F1 will give much-needed exposure to Indian motorsport enthusiasts. It will help a lot of young drivers," said Karthikeyan, who will drive for Hispania in the Indian GP.


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