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Nayan Chatterjee clinches podium finish at FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship in Bangalore

531   //    06 Jun 2016, 05:45 IST
Nayan Chatterjee
Nayan Chatterjee (right) (Image Source: Google)

India’s racing sensation and Asia Max Championship no 2 – 18-year-old Nayan Chatterjee – has now joined Meco Motorsports as a racer and will be under the tutelage of one of India’s greatest motor racing mentor – Akbar Ebrahim. His training facilities are used by some of the most talented racers of this country, who wish to ultimately ply their trade in Formula 1 Racing. Nayan Chatterjee’s tryst with Meco comes weeks after his stupendous success in KRS-KKS Asia Rotax Max challenge 2016 held in Malaysia over April 30-May 1, where he finished in second position.

Competing in the senior category since 2013, Nayan has won 28 national trophies in motorsport till date. Spotted in 2011 by multiple national karting champion Rayomand Banajee at a training program conducted by Rayo Racing – the only Indian racing team that has won 4 international karting titles, Nayan has not looked back since.

Chatterjee continued his rich vein of form this week as well. After a great qualifying session on Saturday, Nayan Chatterjee overcame a tricky start to secure third place at the JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship 2016 in Bangalore on Sunday. It was a good day for the Chatterjee brothers, as Nayan's younger brother Mrinal finished in seventh place in just his first Senior Max season.

During the race, Nayan overcame significant adversity due to his steering mount being out of place. In Nayan's own words – “My steering column was off the hook, and it was pretty tough to turn. I had to press down the steering wheel every time”, he said.

Meco Motorsports mentor and international driver Armaan Ebrahim concurs and adds that “When that happens, it's extremely tough for the driver, since he can lose confidence. Your only way of controlling the car is unstable. Most people might have lost confidence, but Nayan managed to overcome it all and still achieve a podium finish”.

Despite falling back to 6th position on the first lap, Nayan managed to claw his way back into the race, by applying constant pressure on his competitors, eventually passing them, and clinching a podium finish.

Chatterjee is an international kart-racer who has taken his passion to a new level by participating in some of the toughest racing championships in the country and beyond. Competing in the senior category since 2013, he has till date won 28 national trophies in motorsport. The racing season for Nayan continues as will participate in the JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship in Hyderabad on June 24th – 26th.

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