In the ongoing series of interviews for various stakeholders in the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series, this week we look to India and the up and coming driver Armaan Ebrahim.
Armaan Ebrahim is the new hope for Indian single-seater racing. He has comprehensively won numerous National Racing Championships and is currently racing in the F2 circuits. Armaan had completed Indy Lights last year– the developmental series that is part of the 'Road to Indy' – i.e. it functions as a qualifier for the world-famous Indy 500. Armaan has always been a go-getter and nothing demonstrates this better than his racing history. At 14, he won the National Karting Championship & the National Racing Championship. Two years later, he was the youngest driver in the world to drive an A1 GP Car. Following another two years, he was the youngest driver ever to participate in the GP2 Asia Championship, where he finished in the top 10. Last year, Armaan became the first Asian and Indian to win a podium in F2 Championship at the race in Valencia. Armaan is taking the racing world by storm and over the past year has developed tremendous celebrity value in India and the international racing community. He is the Gen Next racer-smart, tenacious with a never-say die attitude
Being a racing driver from Asia and having raced in Asia for most of my career I keep in touch with what's happening and I know a few teams as well.
Personally I think there has been a good buzz about the championship. It’ll probably be the premier championship in Asia as well as present great opportunities to Asian teams and drivers to compete against the European Teams.
Could you briefly introduce your previous record and do you want to participate in the 2013 Asian LMS?
I started racing with go karts and after winning the Indian and Asian championships I progressed into cars by winning the Indian Formula 1300 cc National Championship and then went on to win the prestigious BMW Motor Sport Scholarship Award.
I raced in the Formula BMW Asian Championship and won my first race when I was 15! By the end of that year I represented India in the A1 GP and became the youngest to do so at 16. In 2007 I finished 2nd in the Formula Renault V6 Asia championship.
In 09 and 10 I did the FIA Formula Two championship and got a podium as well as consistent top 5 and top 10 finishes. In 2012 I did half a season in America in the Indy Lights series.
The 2013 Asian LMS category will be divided into LMP2, LMPC, GTE and GTC.Which category will you participate in and what do you expect of the competition?
All the 4 categories sound very interesting. I would like to compete in the LMP2 class because I have raced in single seaters my whole career. The competition is going to be top class.
Le Mans is on the short list of most people involved in racing so I'm sure there will be the best teams and drivers from Asia and everywhere else taking part.
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