Akash Gowda to Race in the FIA-F4 Japanese series
Bengaluru, April 4, 2017: Namma Bengaluru boy Akash Gowda, a class 12 student of Indus International School, who made the country proud by recently winning the FIA Formula-4 South East Asia as 2nd Runner-up, is embarking on his next big mission. This season he will be participating in the FIA- F4 Japanese Championship 2017 to be held across Japan starting this Sunday – April 7, 2017 - at Okayama International Circuit, Mimasaka, Japan. The Series consists of 7 rounds with 14 races (that is 2 races for each round) and will conclude on November 12, 2017. Round 6 of the championship will be held in the world famous Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka Japan. Incidentally, Akash will be the first and only Indian, to participate in this series.
The FIA-F4 Japanese Championship is managed by team - VSR (VINCENZO SOSPIRI RACING) in collation with ZAP SPEED official Lamborigni S.C Formula Jr. (SQUADRACORSE RACING) team. The grid consisting of 35 experienced drivers with few Junior Development Drivers from Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The FIA Japanese F4 Championship is a long season consisting of 7 rounds with 14 races across Japan.
Akash is being trained and mentored by Armaan Ebrahim, son of former India racer Akbar Ebrahim, Armaan had recently won the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series. According to Armaan, “I've worked with Akash on a one on one basis since 2015 where he won the Junior Rotax Max National Karting title. Prior to that Akash was under the guidance of Akbar Ebrahim (my father) and has always been a part of the MECO Racing family.”
Akash took to professional racing from the tender age of 9 and has won multiple National Go-Karting Championship in India and further moved to race in formuls-4 in India and acquired huge experience under the mentorship of the father and son duo of Akbar & Armaan Ebrahim. Last year Akash debuted in the Formula-4 South East Asia series and was crowned the 2nd runner-up and was awarded the Rising Star award for his outstanding racing skills. Now he moves to the higher level of racing with the FIA-F4 Japanese Series. This series is known for its tough racing conditions and a varied climate that Akash has never driven before, the new tyres with different compound from Dunlop tyres make it more challenging for this young boy from India who is confident of making his mark this season.
And on why they chose to race in Japanese series, Armaan said “We decided to move here instead of Europe because I personally think the level of competition and circuits you race are of the same pedigree or even better. After Akash finished among the top three in last years SEA F4 Series overall standings, we decided a progression had to be made to further enhance his skills.”
Armaan, further added, “Thisyear is going to be the toughest yet in terms of competition, with Akash havingto adapt to different conditions constantly. But I'm confident we'll have astrong year as he has been working hard and has shown promising signs throughpre-season testing.”