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Narain Karthikeyan sixth at Le Mans in Audi R10 TDi LMP1

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Narain Karthikeyan in his Audi R10i Le Man

Sorry for not posting about the race, had a big exam today. But good news for all Indian formula one and racing fans, it seems that Narain Karthikeyan is also keeping himself busy. He scored sixth place in his first ever Le Mans race in his Audi R10 TDi LMP1 car.

After the race Narain Karthikeyan was excited and was quoted as saying :

“It was a phenomenal experience for me to race in the LMS. The car is extremely technical, very challenging to drive, and race strategies are of crucial importance. There are 50 cars racing on the track at the same time, in 4 different classes of cars. The speed differentials between the various classes makes it very difficult to race, as you’re lapping cars all the time, which doesn’t allow you to get into a rhythm at all. I had a big scare towards the end of the race when Bruno Senna (nephew of 3-times F1 champion, Ayrton) had a huge shunt just in front of me at the super-fast Blanchimont corner.

Fortunately he wasn’t hurt, but his car was a total write-off. The list of world class manufacturers represented in this form of racing is staggering and the cars include those of  Audi, Peugeot, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

But unfortunately this season, last minute rule changes like the 30 kg weight increase &  the new fuel usage restrictions, have slightly disadvantaged the diesel powered version of  cars, allowing some of the petrol powered version of cars like the Aston Martins to have a slight advantage over diesel cars  in the race pace.

The Peugeot is still super-competitive though as it’s a full factory funded team and has a much newer design than our Audi R10s, which started racing over 3 years ago, but our car is very reliable and should give us an advantage during the next race, which is the famous 24 hour race at Le Mans.”

Written by Formula One Addict

May 11th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

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