Srinagar: A 32-year-old Kashmiri car racer has made the country proud by finishing second runners-up in Kartdrome Endurance Championship held in Dubai on Thursday evening.

 Asrar was the captain of the four-member Indian contingent.  He was among the32 participants from all across the world

Asrar drove Honda 4- having a stroke capacity of 390cc and 14.5 BHP in 1.203km track. There were 17 corners on the track and it was an endurance race for six hours during night time.

“It has been such an exciting experience competing in an international event for the first time. I feel on top of the world to have bagged podium for Team India. I would like to thank all those who supported and prayed for me,” said Asrar.

Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship is the most prestigious 4 stroke Karting event in the world. The championship has been running successfully for the last 18 years with over 30 teams from all over the world taking part. 

“Some of the countries participating in the Nations cup category are France, Germany, Russia, Portugal, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, SouthAfrica, Spain, the Czech Republic, and India. There are four rounds throughout the year in the championship,” said Farah Zaidi, Director, Public Relations at Kashmir Off-Road

 The last team that represented India was 12 years ago. The team comprised some of the top drivers from our country including Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim, Deepak Chinappa, Eshaan Singh, and Ameya Walvalkar.

Hailing from Srinagar, Asrar is a member of Kashmir Off-Road that promotes motor-sport events and 4×4 adventure tourism in the valley. Asrar started professional racing in January 2019 and participated in Volkswagen Ameo National Championship. Asrar has acquired more than 150 hours of kar-track racing experience in the past one year

 “I am extremely proud of Asrar’s hard work and diligence. He has been one of the most optimistic and consistent drivers in our club and has the potential to compete and win in international race events. His participation in Volkswagen Ameo Cup National racing Championship last year was also commendable. Asrar is making Kashmir proud with his achievements. Wishing him success always,” said Ali Sajid founder of Kashmir Off-Road.

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