Tijil Rao overcomes clubfoot to make heroic debut at MRF INRC’s Formula LGB 1300

Tijil Rao overcomes clubfoot to make heroic debut at MRF INRC’s Formula LGB 1300

Tijil Rao to make heroic debut at MRF INRC’s Formula LGB 1300 overcoming a rare handicap that had made even the simple act of walking extremely excruciating, if not impossible, for him.

14 year old Tijil Rao was born with Clubfoot, a condition in which one or both feet are rotated inwards. Tijil had to go through two surgeries in each of his legs to help assume normal condition and live a normal life.

His Passion for racing overpowered his condition and he is now one of the youngest racers on the Formula LGB 1300 Grid, which is part of the MRF Indian National Racing Championship (INRC) this year.

The opening Round of the Championship will be held from June 22 to 24. Tijil Rao will be racing for Momentum Motorsports. In 2017, Tijil has competed in the National Rotax Karting Championship. He also underwent pre-season testing with Momentum School of Advance Racing in April and May and impressed officials enough to bag the seat at Momentum Motorsports.

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Chennai, June 10: Young Tijil Rao will make a heroic debut in the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship 2018 from June 22 to 24, having overcome a rare handicap that had made even the simple act of walking extremely excruciating, if not impossible, for him.

Born with clubfoot, a condition in which one’s feet are rotated inwards, Tijil had to undergo two surgeries in each of his legs, first when he was just 3 months old and then again when he was 4 years old to assume a normal life.

That, however, didn’t stop him from pursuing his passion for racing. Tijil will now have the distinction of being one of the youngest racers on the Formula LGB 1300 Grid, which is part of the MRF Indian National Racing Championship 2018.

Still just 14, the Bangalore boy, studying in Class X at the Mirambika School for New Age, will be racing for Momentum Motorsports.

“We are delighted to have Tijil Rao in our Formula LGB 1300 driver line up”, Rasheed Khan, Momentum Motorsport’s team principal, said. “He has shown promising speed in his pre-season testing with us, and we believe that he can consistently score points through the season,” he added.

Tijil had a solid 2017, competing in the National Rotax Karting Championship and honing his driving. He underwent pre-season testing with Momentum School of Advance Racing in April and May and impressed enough to bag a seat.

“I’m happy to be part of the championship winning Momentum Motorsport team. They managed to get the best out of me during testing and I am now confident of displaying my skills,” Tijil Rao said.

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