LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh teen formula car driver Shahan Ali Mohsin won two races of round one in the MRF Formula1600 category at MMSC FMSCI National Car Racing Championship in Chennai on Sunday.
A student of intermediate, Shahan took pole position after he lost first race due to overheating of the clutch but won the next two races by beating 11 drivers.
The championship has four rounds, and the second one will be organised in December and the remaining two in first quarter of 2022. There are three races in each round and the driver with highest points after reaching podium position will be declared champion at the end of round four.
In the first race on Sunday, the clutch of Shahan’s car got overheated due to which he finished seventh, however this helped him to start at second place in race two where the top eight from race one were set up in reverse order.
It was a clean start this time and Shahan got into lead in lap one itself. It was then a straightforward race for Shahan as he secured his maiden victory in single-seater competition by over four seconds. He made the double in race three, where he started on the front row again and went into lead in lap one itself and finished over seven seconds ahead of the runner-up.
“Having been away from racing for so long due to Covid-19 pandemic, it felt like first-time when the weekend kicked-off.
It was a good run and I felt comfortable from the start itself. Except for race one where my clutch got overheated and I lost places in the start, it was a fantastic race for me as I secured my first single-seater pole and also took two wins from three races in the field of 12 racers,” said Shahan, the four-time Indian National Karting champion and winner of Asian championship 2016 held in Malaysia.
Shahan’s father Shahroo Mohsin is a shoe baron based in Agra.