Budding Indian racer Kush Maini raced to fourth position at the World Series Of Karting Champions Cup in La Conca, Italy. The 14-year old from Bangalore finished just one place shy of the podium, in the final race of the KFJ class.
Kush drove consistently over the weekend and managed to win the two heats that were held on Saturday in wet conditions. Apart from the wins, the youngster also set the fastest lap time. The final race on Sunday saw the heavens open once again, but that did not dither Kush as he drove a strong race throughout the 16 laps.
Starting on fifth position, Kush overtook his competitors and managed to wrestle the third position by the halfway mark. He was setting fastest lap times and gaining on the leaders when unfortunately the weather conditions wreaked havoc. Water began seeping into the engine, which forced him to slow down. He had to lift off the pace to ensure that he crosses the finish line, which resulted in him losing the final podium position on the penultimate lap.
The racer was pleased with his performance as he said,I'm quite happy with the pace I showed this weekend, we just missed out on a podium position but overall it was quite a positive weekend.We have one more round which is coming up this weekend and my target is definitely a top three if not a win."
Kush Maini is hoping to improve on his fourth position in the championship at the concluding round of the World Series Of Karting Champions Cup on February 8, 2015.
|Kush Maini (14), got off to a great start at the World Series Karting Champions Cup at La Conca Italy, by finishing 4th overall in the final of the KFJ class. The World Series Karting (WSK for short), is Italy's premiere racing competition that sees drivers from all over the world take part with over 20 different nationalities. The talented youngster from Bangalore who showed great pace the whole weekend won two heats on Saturday in the wet, where he set the fastest lap-time of 1 minute and 13.316 seconds and 1.14.449 seconds while finishing 4th in the final day's heat with the second fastest lap time of 1 minute 13.588 seconds. This meant he started on pole for the pre-final that was to be held on Sunday. Unfortunately a few issues on the race start meant he had to contend with finishing 3rd in the pre-final, though still managing to set the second fastest lap time of the day with a time of 49.396 seconds on a dry track. The final like on Saturday was a wet affair; Kush who started 5th based on his pre-final result, made some great moves during the initial stages and was up to 3rd by the halfway point of the 16-lap race. Kush set about catching up to leaders by setting some of the fastest times of the race but was halted when water began to enter his engine and caused him to lose significant pace towards the end of the race. Kush just missed out on the podium positions when he was over-taken for 3rd on the second last lap of the race whilst he was nursing his kart to the finish line. The youngster however was quite happy with his pace through the course of the weekend and is now 4th in the championship. "I'm quite happy with the pace I showed this weekend, we just missed out on a podium position but overall it was quite a positive weekend. We have one more round which is coming up this weekend and my target is definitely a top 3 if not a win," said Kush. Kush will now look to capitalize on his good start to the year next weekend when the 2nd and final round of the WSK Champions Cup concludes.|