On Monday, G.R. Karthikeyan who is the father of India’s first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the FMSCI annual awards function while Raghul Rangaswamy was also named the Upcoming Motorsports Person of the Year and received the Raymond Gautam Singhania Trophy at the FMSCI annual awards ceremony.
FIA president Jean Todt was the chief guest at the event and handed over the awards, where Narain Karthikeyan spoke about his father’s inspiring presence in own career and as one of the pioneers in establishing a framework for Indian motorsports.
The 25-year-old Rangasamy meanwhile won the LGB Formula 4 title in the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship and the FF 1600 category at the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship.
FMSCI president. J. Prithviraj spoke about new ventures to come and announced Champions Yacht Club as the new promoter.
“We are entering the golden period of Indian motorsports. We have events in virtually all the disciplines possible and our boys and girls are competing and winning at the world level, like never before,” said Prithviraj.
The FMSCI handed out Special Awards to all those made the country proud at the international level too while making a special mention of multiple winner Gaurav Gill, for taking part in the World Rally Championship.
Among others, Armaan Ebrahim (podium finish at the Lamborghini Trofeo series), Anindith Reddy Konda (podium at Lamborghini Trofeo Series), Amitrajit Ghosh and Ashwin Naik (winners at ERC 2 Acropolis Rally) and Malswandawngliana (2nd in Asia Cup of Road Racing India round) received these awards.
Leading female drivers of the country, including Mira Erda, Sneha Sharma and Shriya Lohia, were also bestowed with the ‘Outstanding Women in Motorsport’ trophies.
The FMSCI meanwhile underlined its new philosophy, ‘equal investment in competitor & training officials’, to take the sport to the next level.