SHAHAN ALI MOHSIN — AN INTRODUCTION
Agra’s Shahan Ali Mohsin discovered motor racing at a young age. While most kids were learning to ride tricycles and play cricket, young Shahan was watching Formula 1 on television and collecting pictures of cars and engines!
He was all of SEVEN years old when he first drove a go kart at a track in Hyderabad. It was clear he was something special and was encouraged to take up professional racing.
Shahan, a student of Delhi Public School in Agra, was attracted towards speed from the get-go. He won medals in Inter-School inline skating competitions at a tender age of 8 while competing in the under-10 category.
A nine-year old Shahan made his competitive RACING
DEBUT in 2013, and rapidly ascended the motorsport ladder.
KARTING CAREER STATS
Debut May 2013 Rookie Cup, Hyderabad
2019: INDIAN NATIONAL ROTAX MAX KARTING CHAMPION (SENIOR)
2019: DRIVER OF THE YEAR
2018: INDIAN NATIONAL ROTAX MAX KARTING CHAMPION (JUNIOR)
2018: DRIVER OF THE YEAR (OVERALL)
2018: CHAMPION X30 INDIA KARTING CHALLENGE 2018
2017: ROTAX MAX JUNIOR KART OPEN CHAMPION (ROOKIE)
2016: ASIA MAX KARTING CHAMPION (FIRST INDIAN DRIVER)
2016: DRIVER OF THE YEAR (OVERALL)
2016: INDIAN NATIONAL KARTING CHAMPION (MICROMAX)
2015: INDIAN NATIONAL KARTING CHAMPION (MICROMAX)
2015: DRIVER OF THE YEAR (OVERALL)
2016 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
• Won the Asia Max Karting Championship title-the first Indian to win the prestigious title.
• Won the JK Tyre Indian National Karting Championship title.
• First Indian ever, to be nominated by Asian Karting Championship to take part in European Final of Micro Max held in Austria.
2017 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
• Stepped up to competing at top levels in European Karting with the Rotax European
Championship, claiming his first European podium finish in Austria.
• Competing in World Series Karting in Italy, showcasing exceptional speed in his debut year.
• Stepped up to the fiercely-competitive Junior Category in the Rotax Indian National
Championship, already clinched one title, four wins and finished third overall in the championship.
2018 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
• Won the X30 India Challenge 2018 and got nominated to represent India in the IAME
International Final to be held at Le Mans, France.
• Became the first and the youngest Indian ever to race in both Juniors and Seniors national
categories in the same season. Finished 3rd in the Seniors championship in spite of having two
retirements due to engine failure.
2019 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
• Youngest driver ever to compete in MRF Formula 1600 series.
• Shahan Ali Mohsin youngest to win Senior category of JK Tyre National
• Shahan represented India in the ROTAX WORLD FINAL at Sarno in Italy
between October 19-26, 2019, in which driver from nearly 72 countries
participated. Shahan is first Indian ever in history of Rotax World Final to qualify in top ten.
How you joined karting?How was your experience in Karting?
I was a petrolhead since 4-5 years of age and was always playing with toy cars and watching car races on television. My father took to me a Karting track near Hyderabad airport for trial when I was around 7 years old and i straightaway fell in love with the sports. That was the beginning and I am still loving it. I joined then Meco Racing Academy for Karting under the guidance of Mr. Akbar Ebrahim and then started racing for their team Meco Racing which is now known as MSport. It’s been eight years and I am proud to be still racing with Team Meco/ Msport.
What kind of discipline is required to become a perfect racer?
Motorsports is all about learning to first discipline ourselves or else we cannot last long in this sport. I have tried to inculcate the discipline of motorsports in my real life and I can tell you it works pretty well.
How physical strength plays a important role in racing?
This is something what most of the drivers don’t realise specially when they are young. It makes a huge amount of difference in racing when we are fit and strong. I started working on my fitness when I was 10 years old and it really helped me in winning the Rotax Asian Championship in Malaysia in 2016. Still I devote around 2 hours everyday on working out.
How your family supported you?
What are the biggest challenges you are facing now?
My family’s support was enormous since I started driving karts. My father had to leave his business and used to travel with me every month to Kuala Lumpur during racing season for almost two and half years when I was preparing for the Rotax Asian Championship, apart from that we had to travel for Indian races as well. My mother used to prepare my school notes as I was missing the classes.
The biggest challenge now is lack of practice / track time under lockdown situation due to COVID19. I am spending lot of time on my racing simulator, it’s good that we have the technology where we can race online with drivers from world over. I am currently racing on simulator in the Indian Bespoke League and also will be racing in the Rotax Sim Championship which is going to have more than 500 drivers, in addition I also be racing in some European charity races.
Whats your advice for young racers ?
“Perseverance and Patience” is what will get you the results. Don’t give up, keep pushing. I always worked on my consistency and speed automatically comes with it.
What are you preparing for next?Future goal?
As of now I am just working on my fitness and racing on Simulator.
I would have ideally liked to race in one of the European F4 series this year but due to the COVID19 situation, it’s now going to be only next year.