Karthikeyan and Chandhok win RoC Asia 2012
Team India qualifies for the RoC Nations Cup with a big win in the Asian category
The Race of Champions 2012, as we had described earlier, was the first edition to witness an Indian team participate. If that wasn't a reason enough to be proud, the boys have now gone one step further and given us something to boast about - a victory at the Race of Champions Asia.
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, arguably India's best racers took to the wheel and won the final against Japan 2-0 after leading the group stage with 4 wins from 6 races. Each driver won 3 out of the total 4 races in the final to ensure victory for Team India. This win also puts Team India in the same group as Team Germany, which comprises of Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.
Karthikeyan, who drove for HRT this year, was thrilled to win on his first visit to the ROC. He commented, "It is an incredible feeling to be a part of Team India's success in the ROC Asia in only our first visit. It has been really tough with limited track time but at the end of the day we pulled it off. Every race in a different car was a challenge and it feels good to win in identical machinery. Tomorrow is a whole new day and we will give it our best to do our country proud."
Chandhok said, "Am really happy for Narain and me as we did a fantastic job to win ROC Asia. The competition was really strong and we were pushed harder than we thought. It's very special to create history as the first ever ROC Asia Champions against the top Asian racing nations. The atmosphere was amazing and I hope all the fans in India tune in to watch and support us on TV tomorrow."
Will you be rooting for Team India at the Nations Cup Race of Champions today, TopGearers?