Mumbai Falcons’ Jehan Daruvala and Kush Maini all set for the Formula 3 Asian Championship
Along with unveiling the team’s livery – which proudly incorporates the colours of the Indian Tricolour – Mumbai Falcons’ Kush Maini and Jehan Daruvala are now raring to go for the first race of the Formula 3 Asian Championship, scheduled to kick off at the Dubai Autodrome tomorrow. The two young racers expressed their delight at being pitted against a world-class field in the continent’s premier international single-seater championship. Round 1 will see 23 racers from 17 different nationalities competing for the top honours. Mumbai Falcons, incidentally, will become the first all-Indian team to compete in it.
Besides the apparent excitement, however, Daruvala and Maini will have their task cut out for them. This is because they face stiff competition from a number of talented young racers, most of whom have links with Formula 1 teams. They include big names like Swedish-born racer Dino Beganovic from the Ferrari Driver Academy, China’s Guanyu Zhou and Williams Junior Roy Nissany of Renault F1’s Junior drivers and Ayumu Iwasa (Japan).
Speaking on the upcoming championship, Jehan spoke excitedly both about racing for an Indian team, saying he looks forward to sharpening his racecraft in this new arena. Echoing Jehan’s sentiments, Kush Maini, a runner-up in the BRDC F3 Championship, spoke about how he and Jehan raced against each other as kids and now, 12 years later, are teammates.
Moid Tungekar, CEO, Mumbai Falcons, said, “We are looking at raising the profile of motorsport in India. Our racers can be at the very top and we are sure that Jehan and Kush will inspire many more to take up the sport.”
Indian racing fans can watch the championship races live on the Mumbai Falcons Racing Limited YouTube channel at 5pm on Friday (race 1), and 12pm and 5pm on Saturday (race 2 and 3, respectively).