Sunday October 14, 2012
Rahul set to make debut in Formula Gulf 1000
KUALA LUMPUR: Sixteen-year-old Rahul Raj Mayer is set to be the first Malaysian to compete in Formula Gulf 1000 after successfully completing two days of pre-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi recently.
Rahul has completed three days of testing on the Formula Gulf 1000 car at the Sepang International Circuit in preparation for the championship.
Rahul started his first day of training in the car followed by some classroom lectures and one-to-one sessions with Andy Pardoe.
Pardoe is a highly acclaimed international driver coach and advised the drivers, including Rahul, on the finer details of driving on the track and the precision of braking and acceleration. He commented that the car felt very good and comfortable and is also happy with the team and the support provided by them.
“I am excited to be driving on the Yas Marina Circuit, it’s just great,” he said.
which is one of the most popular circuit in F1. I cant wait to come back for Rounds 3 and 4 to be held on this track on Dec 7.
“The atmosphere here is so conducive that it makes you want to give all your best.
“This is a dream come true and I hope that my other dream of moving up the ladder to F1 will also come true,” said Rahul, who came up through karting and is supported by his parents Rajinder Mayer and Mahinder Kaur.
Pardoe commented: “Rahul has done very well in this pre-season testing and has in fact improved on his timing and driving with every session he has gone on the track. Rahul would do very well as his attitude is perfect (the most important attribute) and also he is super fit.”
With such encouragement, Rahul will certainly be looking forward to the first two rounds of the championship, which will be held on Nov 9 at the Dubai Autodrome.