Yash Aradhya : The Racing Icon

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Yash Aradhya is a Sports Person in Motorsports and started his career at a young age of 9 years in Go-Karting and has won Multiple National Championships in Go-Karting and then progressed to Formula-4.
In a span of 8 year of his career, he has won 7 National Championship and 6 Club Championship Titles, with around 65 race podiums till date.
Yash was nominated by the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India to represent India in CIK FIA Academy Trophy in 2015 to race in Spain, Belgium and France.Further he was nominated to represent India in the Rotax World Finals in 2017 to race in Portugal. In 2019 Yash was once again nominated to represent India in FIA Motorsport Games held at Rome. Further 2019 Yash debuted in the Formula-4 South East Asia and claimed his first 2 International Podium and made the Country Proud.

Sky is not limit for this champ.He proved that you can achieve whatever you want to with hard work and with determined confidence.Don’t be ordinary,be extraordinary.

Awards and Recognition by Government of India:
Young racer from Bangalore, Yash Aradhya was honoured the prestigious “Pradhan Mantri Rastriya Bal Puraskar 2020” in sports category by the Hon’ble President of India Shri. Ram Nath Kovind at an event held on 22nd January at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi,this is the first-ever for Motorsports being India’s highest civilian honour bestowed upon exceptional students under the age of 18 in the country, Instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

Yash has also been Awarded:

Best Karter of Year – India 2014
Maximum Number of Wins in a Championship India 2014
Awarded for his Achievement in Motorsports in 2014, 2015 & 2017 by FMSCI
Ranked 4th in Asia Series in his debut year at Asia.
Nominated to represent India in the CIK FIA Academy Trophy at Europe.(Spain, Belgium and France.) In Go Karting
Nominated to represent India in the 2017 World finals at Portugal in Go Karting.
Yash moved up the ladder in 2017 by debuting in the Indian series of Formula 4 with the Indian made Formula LGB and Formula 1300. In the year of his debut, Yash forged himself as the most talented racer with 33 race podiums in one season.

Further in the year 2018 Yash debuted in the larger Formula 4 series with the MRF 1600 and JK Euro Formula 4 BMW series and proved that he is ‘Born to Race’, by securing 6 podiums amidst the most senior and experienced drivers in this category and received accolades from the motorsports fraternity in India.

RACECRAFT MENTORING:

Akbar Ebrahim: Team Meco Racing
Yash has the rare opportunity to train under Akbar Ebrahim, the legendary racer who is the first Indian to race on international circuits. Akbar has trained some of India’s most successful drivers from India including his son, Armaan Ebrahim, Akhil Rabindra, and the first F1 racers from India Narain Karthikeyan.

Yash has been trained under Akbar Ebrahim and races for his team Meco Motorsports, where Akbar nurtures young aspiring drivers to conquer the world.

X1 RACING LEAGUE :

Team: SuperSpeed Chennai
Yash Aradhya was selected to race for Narain Karthikeyan’s SuperSpeed Chennai team in the X1 Racing League. Yash was the youngest in the series at just 17 years of age, where he got chance to rub shoulders with the ever more experienced drivers.

Some Questions:

How does it feel to achieve so much at such a young age?

I am humbled with a sense of satisfaction and a great feeling for all the championship titles that I won and for being bestowed the highest civilian award for kids under age 18 years by Government of India and that too to be the first in Motorsports. I believe the vision & support of my parents, coupled with hard work under the guidance of my mentors, right platform created by JK tyres and support from sponsors has really paid up and I am really blessed.

What did it feel like getting the Bal Puraskar recognition from the President of India?

The award is the best thing that happened to me in my life. It gave a huge boost and reinforces that what we are doing is right. The award ceremony at the presidential palace was a grand event and I felt very proud for this great honour where the President of India felicitated me. This is the highest reward and experience that I have received and words will not be able to explain or justify my feelings.

Further meeting the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi ji was an experience of a life time that motivated me to take up the next level of Racing. The warmth and compassion shown by Hon’ble Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Smrithi Irani ji was un parallel.

I am very happy that this was the first time Motorsports was awarded in sports category by the Government of India. I may have won this award, but I believe this belongs to the Motorsports fraternity.

How has karting helped you through out?

Karting has been the basic for all the motorsport disciplines that one may wants to peruse. The strong foundation of race craft was sculpted in me by Akbar Ebrahim Uncle and Team Meco Motorsports. I have spent close to 6 years Karting in India, Asia and Europe and this training & experience has helped me to progress successfully upward to single seater.

How does it feel to be the youngest racer in the X1 racing league?

As mentioned earlier, I am lucky to be mentored by Akbar Ebrahim Uncle who’s training has made me progress successfully into Formula 4, with some decent results in 2 years of Formula 4 racing in India and few in South East Asia. It came as a great news to me when Narain Karthikeyan put his trust and picked me to race for his team SuperSpeed Chennai. It was a great experience to learn from India’s 1st Formula1 racer. Could I have asked for more? It really didn’t bother to me weather I was the youngest or not, it was an opportunity of a life time, that matter the most to me.

Any message you would like to give to the fellow racers during this tough time?

I would say, just de-stress yourself, relax and spend time in doing what you always wanted to do. My way of looking at the Covid19 lock down was to just de-stress myself and think as less a possible about my career and sport (as I can’t do anything much about it). I just focused on something I always wanted to learn, so I started to learn “Cooking” and happy to tell you that I did a good job on that. I was lucky to be mentored by a executive chef who is our neighbour Prashant Uncle. At the same time I kept myself race ready for any moment.

How do you balance studies and racing?

My parents are very clear that both Sports and Studies have to go hand in hand and I believe that as a sports person, one will definitely have the better ability to focus and grasp faster. So that makes our job easier, don’t waste time just study whenever you get time and be smart.

Can you share about your future goals in racing?

The goal is to of course reach the pinnacle in Motorsports. Once the lockdown is opened, I will evaluate the situation, both with regard to events and finance availability and plan 2020. Post that will strategize the future plans.

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