24 Hours of Le Mans: Arjun Maini Will Be Youngest Indian To Race
24 Hours of Le Mans is happening this weekend! And guess who’s competing in this race for the first time? It’s none other than India’s Arjun Maini. The 21-year-old lad will become the youngest Indian driver to be a part of the legendary race. He will join the other two Indian racing icons Narain Karthikeyan and Karan Chandhok to race in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In this weekend’s European Le Mans Series, Arjun will drive for team RLR MSport inside the new Oreca 07 in the endurance LMP2 class. He’ll be up against 19 other entries alongside teammates John Ferrero and Norman Nato, a Formula 2 winner. Le Mans is one of the biggest races on earth, where racing legends like F1 champion Fernando Alonso, four-time World Touring Car champion Andy Prilaux, Le Mans winners Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and F1 race winner Giancarlo Fisichella have graced the tarmac.
As the big debut weekend approaches, Arjun speaks: “Competing in one of motorsport’s biggest races is crazy! The atmosphere during testing alone was something special and I can hardly wait for the actual race weekend. The biggest challenge I will face is the fact that I will be in the car much longer than in any of my previous races and I hope to be as consistent as possible as this will be key to gaining a good result. Another interesting aspect of endurance racing is navigating through traffic. It’s all about risk assessment here, as I need to find the balance between losing time behind a slower car versus gauging if a driver can see me in their mirrors and finding this balance is another crucial aspect to the race. I’m managing my expectation for this race as 24 hours is a very long time in motor racing and anything can happen. Obviously, I’m looking to do my best and bring in a positive result for both myself and the team that being said I also want to make the most of this opportunity as it’s not every day you get to be a part of a historic race such as this.”
Talking about 24 Hours of Le Mans; it is the oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. Le Mans race is considered as amongst the most prestigious automobile races in the world, being called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”.
RLR MSport team principal said, “This weekend is going to be a massive learning experience for Arjun! Coming from single seaters, he’s adapted extremely well in the tests landing up to the race and I fully expect him to be one of the fastest drivers in the LMP2 class come race day. I’m quite positive about our chances for this weekend as Norman Nato brings a wealth of experience to the team, the synergy between Norman, Arjun and our team’s bronze driver John Ferraro has been exceptional and I hope this carries over to the race weekend.”
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is on 15-16th June. Make sure to cheer Arjun and RLR MSport at the race! For more exciting auto world news, keep checking Befazool Vroom.