“I wish this scholarship was in my time,” says the first Motorsports player to win the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2019, three years ago. He spoke to NDTV at an event celebrating the completion of JK Tire Motorsport’s four-decade journey. In India, the company announced a new scholarship program of Rs 2.5 crore. The initiative will select up to 5 young athletes, including a girl, and give them the opportunity to develop their careers in motorsport on international platforms.
Talking about the new program, Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Head of Motorsports, JK Tire said, “JK Tire has always been at the forefront of promoting motor sports in India. With that in mind, we have announced a scholarship program in which children will be selected from all categories and given the opportunity to make a name for themselves by representing the nation on international platforms. There will be no 100% scholarship, in fact children will be trained to raise funds for their future generations. “
Amir Syed, a 17-year-old from Kottayam, has been named the first recipient of the new scholarship program. He showed his mettle in the 2020 JK Tire Noise Cup Championship by winning all 12 races of the season. Aamir will compete in the French F4 Championship this year in association with JK Tire Motorsport.
Aamir will already be among the many other recipients who have been raised from the company’s other scholarship programs, such as Arjun Mini, Kush Mini, Yash Aradhya, Akhal Rabindra, Sneha Sharma, and Meira Erde. Now they are all fleeing abroad.
Field experts appreciate the growing Indian pool of emerging racers. Mr. Sanjay Sharma says, “The good news is that the age group for Indian racers has come down considerably from 17-18 years to 14 years. There will be talented racers, which is a great number. “
He recalls, “Twelve years ago, when India had the honor of hosting its first F1 race on the Wednesday International Circuit, there was no recognizable skill in this age group (12-14 years). The journey begins at the age of 8 and is of international standard. “
The three-time APRC (Asia Pacific Rally Championship) champion and seven-time INRC (Indian National Rally Championship) champion Gail, 40, is set to participate in the WRC Safari Rally in Kenya from June 23-26. ۔ Gill added: “This is one of the toughest rallies in the world where your fitness is well monitored and I can feel the butterflies in my stomach. Be confident enough to demonstrate. “
Gill is driving the Skoda Fabia R5 in WRC 2 with fellow Brazilian co-driver Gabriel Morales. The safari consists of 19 special stages in its 365 km long rally route, which includes dirt tracks, rocky and deep trails with uncertain weather.
The company claims that the new scholarship program is in line with the company’s ethics for developing and nurturing raw and young talent in the world of motorsport racing, whether it is two-wheeled, karting or four-wheeled racing.
Mr Sanjay Sharma added, “In fact, more than 90% of Indian kids racing abroad come from the JK Tire program.”
JK Tire officials also claimed that despite the epidemic of the last two years, they have successfully hosted their racing championships and hosted all the annual events.
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