Ruhaan Alva :Youngest Junior National Champion

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We are sharing some details of Ruhaan Alva JKtyremotorsports FMSCI X30 National Champion 2019.

What his father Umakanth Alva says about him:

“For Ruhaan this has been a passion since the age of 3 itself and that’s the age when he would drive his toy car inside the house and drift through the kitchen door. He would identify cars from the cross section drawings and also from the key of the car he could tell which car it was. I realised he had keen interest in cars and when we went on a holiday to Pattaya I took him in a twin seater kart and he did really well with controlloing only the steering since he was too short to reach the pedals. One thing led to another and at the age of 7 years and a couple of months Ruhaan started training with Fusion Motorsport in the UK. he could race when he was 8 and took part in 5 races where he won the Novice category in the Little Greenman Championship in the UK.

In 2015 Ruhaan entered the Rotax Indian National Karting Championship and just missed out on the National Championship by a couple of points and was crowned Vice Champion. The fight for the Championship went down to the last round and due to a mechanical issue Ruhaan lost out on the championship. There has been no looking back ever since for Ruhaan and he has been winning accolades one after the other. The sport being expensive is a big challenge, especially to compete in the European Championships and we hope that corporates would come forward to support Ruhaan’s talent and take him all the way to F1.”

Achievements till date:

  1. Best performance in Novice category in the Little Greenman Championship, United
    2014. Won the Novice category in 5 out of 6 races participated
  2. Winner – Rookie Cup 2015 at Bangalore
  3. Vice National Champion – JK Tyre Indian National Championship 2015
  4. 2nd Runner Up 2016 – Kart Open, Bangalore
  5. Vice National Champion – JK Tyre Indian National Championship 2016
  6. Outstanding Performance in World Motorsport Award by FMSCI in 2017
  7. Youngest to be nominated by CNBC TV18 for the Motorsport award of the year 2017
  8. Vice National Champion Rotax 2017
  9. Vice Champion Italian Easy Kart Championship 2017
  10. Selected for Easykart World Grand Final 2017 in Italy and finished 5th
  11. Nominated to represent India at the Rotax Grand Final 2017 at Portugal
  12. National Champion X30 2019
  13. Nominated to represent India at the X30 Grand Final in France.
  14. First kid from India to be Signed up as Factory driver with Birel Art Italy
  15. Nominated to represent India at the Academy Trophy 2020.

Some Questions:

What are the basics one must need to know in karting?

Karting as a hobby is different from professional racing. As a hobby you need to know how to control the kart at decent speeds. As a professional Racer you need to be smooth, know your braking points and your lines in the wet and dry. This will help improve your performance.

What do you think about your competition?

The competition is pretty tough in India and the gap is 2/10 of a second between the top 3 drivers. In Europe is even tougher with the gap being 2/10th of a second between the top 10.

How do you calm yourself before a race?

I meditate and go out on track with a positive mindset.

What are the extra curricular activities you do to stay healthy?

Play basketball for the school team and follow a fitness regime with a trainer.

What goes through your mind during a race?

Push push push and try to win every race.

How has your international exposure helped you in India?

It’s helped me develop my driving style, confidence and race craft tremendously.

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