AP: Team TARA-DTM signs Armaan Ebrahim

Armaan Ebrahim signs up with Team TARA-DTM for the Formula V6 Asia by Renault 2007. India's youngest and hottest racing star, Armaan Ebrahim formally signed the contract with Team TARA-DTM in Zuhai, China today. TARA is part of the...

Armaan Ebrahim signs up with Team TARA-DTM for the Formula V6 Asia by Renault 2007.

India's youngest and hottest racing star, Armaan Ebrahim formally signed the contract with Team TARA-DTM in Zuhai, China today.

TARA is part of the global Tara Group Ltd based in Malaysia and Singapore. The TARA group is headed by its Chairman, Mr Helmi Abdullah, whose son Hafiz Koh is Armaan's team mate. Taking note of his son, Hafiz's talent and exploits in Asian Motorsport, Mr Helmi Abdullah decided to get more involved in the sport. This led to the joint venture between TARA and DTM. Mr Abdullah is also very keen to provide a platform for all young and upcoming drivers in Asia who want to race in the Asian Formula Renault 2 litre championship and then move on to the Formula V6 Asia by Renault (FV6A by Renault).

DTM (Dynaten Motorsport) is headed by Mr Fabien Fior who is the Team Director of Team TARA DTM. Fabien Fior has a long history and is a very well known name in France and world motorsport. Fabien and his late father were the people involved in the designing and development of the Formula Campus and the Renault Spyder. DTM Motorsport has been very involved in the Formula Renault championships in France and in Asia.

Joining the team as the Chief Engineer is Patrick Roberts (Paddy) who is no stranger to India. Having been an engineer to Akbar Ebrahim, Narain Karthekeyan and Karun Chandhok, Paddy has been involved with Armaan from 2005 in the Formula BMW and A1 GP Championships.

The FV6A is powered by a 390 BHP Renault engine, with a state-of-the-art paddle shift 6 speed sequential gearbox and the car can generate speeds up to 270/kph. The FV6A by Renault is the ideal step up to the World Series by Renault Championship or the GP2 Championship.

There are 7 rounds in the FV6A by Renault with a total of 14 races. The championship is run in he following countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China and Bahrain/Dubai. The first race is on the 6th of May 2007 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Armaan who is currently in Zuhai was very satisfied with his first exploratory test with the team in the FV6A by Renault. In the very first 2 days of testing, Armaan set a blistering pace in the wet and dry earning himself the respect of all the team members.

Commented Armaan: The car felt extremely stable and good to drive. It is fairly quick and very responsive. The conditions were not ideal as it was wet and damp on both the initial days of testing, but we still managed to put in some very quick times which was very encouraging. The team impressed me a lot and they are extremely efficient. Its great to work with Fabien as his knowledge and composure is fantastic. It is also really good that Paddy came on board this week as our engineer and we have another 3 days of testing wherein we will be working on the set up of the car and go for quicker times with new tyres. I am quite confident that my team mate and myself will have a good year ahead of us. The grid looks very encouraging with more than 17 cars expected to take part with drivers from all parts of the world.

I am thankful to my sponsors, JK Tyres, Amaron, Elf, Speed and Anand Cine for supporting my racing career.

After the signing of the contract, Team Director, Fabien Fior and Chairman Helmi Abdullah, had the following statements to make on Armaan:

Fabien Fior: 'Armaan, the newest addition to the TARADTM family has proven to be the start of many pluses for the team and himself. In preparation for the upcoming FV6A season, he (Armaan) has outperformed his and the team's expectations, and I can see him heading for the frontlines in this season (FV6A 2007). "

Helmi Abdullah: "The ingredients for an explosive performance by TARADTM in FV6A 2007 are finally complete, with the latest reinforcement in our driver line up, Armaan Ebrahim."

Armaan is currently sponsored by JK Tyres, Amaron, Elf, Speed and Anand Cine Services.

-credit: taradtm

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Robert Patrick , Karun Chandhok , Armaan Ebrahim , Hafiz Koh