Suresh : Chief Mechanic MSPORT

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Here we present Mr.Suresh Chief Mechanic of MSPORT .He is well known and experienced in racing field.He handles karting and Formula cars.What he says about himself,in his own words

“My name is Suresh. I have done ITI Automobile. I was in the manufacturing of formula cars in LGB. Then I joined team Meco. Akbar sir exposed us to karts, the different engines and its setups the chassis and it’s setups. Today I am the Chief mechanic of team MSPORT in both karting and formula cars. We have learnt a lot all through these years as Akbar Sir gave us all the freedom to learn various aspects. It has been 15 years since I am working with Akbar sir in Meco. In the early Rotax days, the grid used to be huge, as much as 23 to 25 karts in Meco Team. One mechanic used to handle 4 to 5 karts. We have also been exposed to some international karting experience like the Rotax Asia Max. We have also learnt a lot from the technicians from there. Those times JKNRC was 4 races and Rotax One season rest was all training programs. The training program itself used to look like race weekend with so many drivers coming.”

Some Questions :

What you like the most in this job
I like the technical side of the sport as I am continuously involved in the technical side. Every karting/racing weekend we learn something new thanks to Akbar Sir we got this opportunity in Team MSPORT. In Motorsports, the learning never ends. Moreover, building the machine from scratch and seeing the drivers fighting for podiums and wins is always a special feeling.

What’s the role of mechanic in racing?

The role varies time to time. During practice we have a machine which was assembled and ready to roll, but it is not race ready. We go through each and every minor details all through even during the race to squeeze out the maximum out of the machine. Time is the major thing every race mechanic has to be concious of. We have to be quick and perfect.

How is the coordination between our mechanics, racers and team principals?

The interaction between a race driver and a mechanic is what ultimately gets us to chisel a machine which competitive enough to fight for podiums and race wins. During the race weekend drivers feedback is the most important thing to correct the flaws and make it comfortable to the drivers so that they can do their work on track without any discrepancies. Coordination between the team principals and the mechanics is generally giving them the feedback of each and every racing driver and also they manage our timings accordingly. Sometimes for us language is a barrier and team principals help us out with it.

You are the Chief head mechanic.What kind of changes you see in the karting nowadays?

I look after the overall setup of the kart, engine building and rebuilding and any major issues I try to solve it with the other mechanics.

What is the main difference between Rotax, X30 and LGB?

Rotax is more of engineering. A driver has to know the engineering side of the karts and engines so that it becomes easier for him to give the feedback to us in every session. X30 is a one make Championship, all the karts have the same setup across all categories. It is all upon the drivers. LGB is part learning and part driving for the drivers. The more the drivers learn the better their feedbacks they can give and the better they can perform.

What advice you want to give to new racers?

Adapting to a machine is the key to every racing driver. Sometimes however the machines are perfect at the end of the day it is a machine, it is bound to give some problem. The drivers must know to adapt to the situation and perform at his best rather than being dependent on the machine entirely. Also each and every driver must know about their machine in and out. It will really help them.

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