Akhil Khushlani stages a comeback to JK Racing at Silverstone
Places 2nd in Round 10 of JK Racing's Asia Series after a brief hiatus from motorsport
Akhil Khushlani, the young Indian racer has been out of action for quite some time now. A year, to be precise. A comeback was long due. And come back he did, in some style with a storming 2nd place finish in Round 10 of JK Racing's Asia Series held at the Silverstone GP Circuit this past weekend.
The 23 year-old, driving for US Formula Project, Eurointernational's sister team, blew his opponents away with a display of aggressive driving which saw him climb up from 6th, his original starting position on the grid to 2nd by the end of Lap 2, and he also went on to register the fastest lap of the race on Lap 5, which came as a bit of a surprise considering the issues plaguing his car during Friday's practice session.
Eurointernational's Malaysian driver Afiq Ikhwan completed his second win of the weekend, while his team-mate Nabil Jeffri finished in 3rd place, behind Khushlani. Jeffri is the current championship leader with 164 points.
After the race, Khushlani said, "I had a very good start. I gained one position by the end of the first corner and I saw the others making mistakes and took advantage of it. I saw opportunities coming so I planned my overtaking accordingly and I played safe, as I did not want a DNF. This result is probably the best way to make a comeback. I can’t ask for anything more. Podium and racing at Silverstone, feels really nice and I hope to keep the performance up from now".
The Asia Series will now turn towards the Buddh International Circuit for Rounds 11 and 12 which will be organized during the 2012 Formula 1 Indian GP from October 26 to October 28. Driving on home soil might help Khushlani go one step further and claim top spot this time. What do you think, people of TopGear.com?