December is possibly the only time that our racers, especially the ones who've spent a better part of the year racing abroad, get to relax a little. Of course, not all of them have this luxury, as I type this out two of them are neck deep in roadbooks preparing for the 2018 Dakar Rally. But for most of them, December allows for a bit of a breather. A little bit of time to contemplate the year that's gone by, accomplishments, near misses, and failures alike. And it's also time for them to shift their focus to the upcoming season of motorsport. A little self-reflection is called for, and goals for the next year are lined up. Here's what they had to say.
Having spent the 2017 season in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, and having narrowly lost out on the championship title, Aditya Patel seems keen on more victories in 2018. Hence all the talk of champagne.
Aditya Patel and team-mate Mitch Gilbert celebrate on the podium
It's been a season of ups and downs for Akhil Rabindra in the British GT Championship, where he racing for the McLaren GT Driver Academy supported Black Bull Garage 59 team. Akhil's one of the few racers on the list who has to worry about exams and the like, given that he's still in University.
There were plenty of podiums for Armaan Ebrahim in the 2017 Lamborghini Supertrofeo Asia Series. But like most other racers, he's hoping for a better 2018. Proceed with caution seems to be his motto.
It's been an intense few years for CS Santosh. From tackling the Dakar as a privateer, to becoming a part of the HeroMotoSports Team Rally outfit. His life is now all about training to get better results in the Dakar. A little rest and relaxation in 2018, then!
2017 has been a good year for Gaurav Gill. He's managed to prove to the world that his APRC title win back in 2013, was no fluke. Since then he's notched two more titles, winning the championship in 2016 and 2017. For 2018, Gill wants more perfection.
Gaurav Gill, pictured here with co-driver Stephane Prevot
Another racer who impressed this year was Aravind KP. He managed to learn very, very quickly, getting consistent finishing positions and solid results - like a 15th place at the Oilibya Rally of Morocco. But as far as the resolutions went, we didn't get very much out of him. This, however, is what he did say.
The race at Norisring, where Jehan Daruvala became the first Indian to win in the FIA European F3 championship, was probably the highlight of the 2017 season. In 2018, his second season in the same championship, Jehan plans on being even better.
2017 hasn't gone exactly to plan for K Rajini. The Indian racer might have finished second in the Malaysian Superbike Championship, but he's not satisfied with it. As is in evidence from his goals for 2018.
A year spent recovering from injuries is what Sarath Kumar had to deal with in 2017, when he competed in the Super Sport 600 category of the Asia Road Racing Championship. And he's eager to put all that behind him in 2018.
SHAHAN ALI MOHSIN
It's been a year of challenges for Shahan Ali Mohsin. He stepped up to the Junior Max category of the National Karting Championship, where he fought more experienced competitors to make it to third place in the championship. He also scored two podiums in Austria, ensuring his international campaign was successful.
Shahan Ali Mohsin being hoisted into the air by father Shahroo Mohsin
The young Indian karter broke into the international field in a big way, even finishing runner-up in the Easykart Championship's Easy 60 category. In 2018, he wants to go one better. His resolutions are also a reminder of just how young some of the racers, who are doing us proud internationally, are.