Arafath Sheikh, a student of The Bishop School,is the youngest 8 Yrs old Indian Go-Kart driver,and he is already grabbing the headlines with age-defying performances at international circuits.
Arafath’s father, Sayeed Sheikh, was into motorsports, and naturally, the youngster grew up watching his father’s medals and trophies. “My fascination for cars and speed began after watching my father’s racing video,” says Arafath. He never liked playing with soft toys like most of the kids.
Instead, what always attracted him were Hot Wheels toy cars and remote control trucks.
In the very first lap of his career, Arafath performed exceptionally well, never touching the tyre boundaries even once. However, since this was his first experience of driving, the youngster started crying after the lap because of the engine noise. Although he continued for a few more times on Sayeed’s insistence, it took him a while to get used to it. But after 3-4 laps, Arafath himself found driving very interesting and went on for 50 more laps. Since then, the kid has hardly looked back!
Finished 2nd (debut in racing )
-4 th overall (U.A.E), IAME X 30 UAE championship 2018-19.
Fourth position in, Dubai -O-Plate 2019.
Fifth at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI ROTAX National Championship in the Micro category (Age 8-12).
Fourth position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category (Age 8-12).
Who inspired you to start karting ?
Ofcourse …my father inspired me to start go- karting .
How has your family supported you?
I always loved playing with hotwheels when i was at the age of crawling and learning to walk since then the wheels are a part of my life .
With every stage of my physical and mental growth my family has supported me to see the stages of karting and have kept giving me required knowledge for the sport.
They have shown me racing world at a very early age by leting me take part in national and international championships.
How does it feel to be so young, yet so talented?
Honestly its feels great to be racing at such a young age . When i talk to my school friends about my go kart racing they still dont belive me ,ha ha ha..
I am still learning so i dont know what to say about the talent. I feel with support from family and proper guidance anyone can do karting at a younger age.
Who is your favourite F1 driver ?
What do you have to say about your coaches?
My first coach is my dad who had been into Motorsports . And with his guidance and knowledge i have started my career into motorsports. My international coaches are Maxi czyzek from RAK Track and Anjum Shaikh (Team DOJO MOTO – UAE).
My nation coach are Chittesh mandody (Multiple time national champion) , Yash Aradhya (multiple time national champion & PM Rastriya Bal puraskar award winner)
There are many people who have provied me guidance for the sport specially Sachin Sir, Fayaz uncle, and entire team Meco Motorsports & Circuit 77 .
I would like to specially thank Mr.Akbar Ebrahim sir for providing us best in class infrastructure for go karting sport in India.