Shahan Ali Mohsin once again impressed all with his performance in the 2019 Rotax Grand Final in Sarno, Italy, this past weekend. The Agra youngster raced in the Senior category, representing India at the world stage after winning the 2019 Indian National Karting Championship.
The week-long competition had 76 racers from around the globe competing in the Senior category, where Shahan qualified in the Top 10 – the first Indian to do so in the Rotax Grand Final. Racing for Dan Holland Racing from England, Shahan qualified 10th overall in his #317 kart after finishing sixth in his group.
The Heat 1 saw Shahan running well before a contact which resulted in an axle bend, forcing him to retire from the race. It was a mighty comeback in Heat 2, where he finished fourth after running at second for few laps – the best for an Indian in the Rotax Grand Final again – only 0.043s behind the third placed finisher.
It was a close fight again in Heat 3 where he was seventh, only 0.100s behind the sixth placed driver. His fantastic run though came to a sad end in Pre-Final by tiniest of margins. He was well on-course to make it into the Final, where the Top 36 make the cut from the 72 finalists.
Couple of contacts damaged his steering column and tie rod which forced him to retire on Lap 11. He missed the Final by just two points in the end, with the two retirements making the difference. It was mighty close but luck wasn’t with him. He was well received by his fellow competitors though.
“First of all, it was a matter of pride for me to represent India in the Rotax Max Grand Finals, which is recognised as Olympics of Karting on a weekend where everyone is celebrating Diwali,” said Shahan. “It was another superb experience and every time I feel more prepared.”
“One drawback is not competing the full year but the urge to excel is even bigger in Finals when you have so many experienced racers together eyeing for being world no.1. Racing with the best drivers of the world is always full of excitement and also a learning for me.
“I’ll say, of all the Finals I have attended, this year it was different as I felt prepared from the word go. The conditions were superb as the usual adjustment took time. We managed to improve every session and also set a benchmark for other Indians with best results in qualifying and heats.
“The only downer is the two retirements, especially in the Pre-Final which hampered my chance in the Final as I was set to make it in with the points in the two Heats. Anyways, it was a full weekend and now it is all about preparing for 2020 for another year of racing.”
“I would like to thank Mr. Akbar Ebrahim and Meco Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to race in this event and thanks a lot to my team Dan Holland Racing, UK for the technical support”.