Talent hunt reaches B'lore

The hunt, that started on April 25, has gathered steam over the last month with over 400-500 participants taking part in each leg. With some very good karting talent in the City, the seven-day hunt of the biennial event is bound to be promising.

The Vijay Mallya-led team’s academy programme has set it’s sights on picking the best drivers from across the country to train and groom into F1 drivers. Fourteen kids will be chosen from seven cities and then they will take part in a national championship to be held in September.

Ten drivers will, then, move to the Silverstone to train, and at the end of this programme three drivers will be taken for a professional training camp at Force India’s base there. “We have seen an overwhelming response to this event in the three cities that we have been to thus far,” said Ravikant Sabnavis, vice-president marketing of Kingfisher Airlines.

Talking about his experience, Mumbai’s Akshay Rajput, said: “I’m honoured and really happy. I went for the trials in Mumbai but I was edged out on the last day. I was really determined to make it and with my father pushing me, I went to Goa and qualified.”
After the Bangalore leg, the event moves to Hyderabad (May 23-29), Chennai (May 30-June 5) and Amritsar (June 6-12).

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