Mumbai, Have you heard name of Jehan Daruvala? Do you know what he does? If you don’t know, then you must read this article.
By his name its pretty obvious that he is an Indian. No other Indian has done what he has achieved. In brief, Jehan Daruvala is a born champion and he is the future superstar of Indian sports.
At tender age of nine, Jehan went for his first race training course, a day before an exam. At age of thirteen, he moved to England to take advance training with help of Sahara Force India Academy.
A year back, when we were returning home after completing a film shoot in Jungles of Kerala, one Russian actor Jenson and I went into conversation about Indian sports. He asked me if I know about Jehan Daruvala. I asked Who??? He repeated, Jehan Daruvala. I said no, I don’t know about him. Who is he? is he some palmist or Jyotishi like Bejan Daruwala? He laughed. He said, “Jehan is the next big thing in car racing. Watch him out.” I felt bad that I didn’t know about Jehan while a foreigner knew about him. A year later, his prediction proved right as Jehan went on to become first Indian to win a Grand Prix Trophy in motorsports and that too at age of only 18. Jehan Daruvala, is a teenager from Mumbai.
At tender age of nine, Jehan went for his first race training course, a day before an exam. At age of thirteen, he moved to England to take advance training with help of Sahara Force India Academy. he stayed in a boarding school. And at age if Eighteen, he became the first Indian to win 2017 New Zealand GP beating the likes of Pedro Piquet son of former world champion Nelson Piquet, and Thomas Randle who won the Toyota Racing Series.
When he won the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit earlier in February, he got his name on a trophy that was previously held by drivers such as Keke Rosberg, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Bruce McLaren.
For the 18-year-old from Mumbai, A city having no professional racing track, to become part of such illustrious company of champions must be a momentous occasion.
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“It’s a really big deal for me after the ups and downs in the championship (where he finished fifth overall) having most pole positions and most front rows, I really wanted to finish first. It’s obviously a big race, the past winners are Sir Stewart, Keke Rosberg etc, so to have my name on the trophy means a lot to me. To be honest, I was literally willing to do anything to win the race so qualifying on pole was a good start,” he said in an interview.
He also revealed his future plans saying, “There are only three Grand Prix outside Formula-1 and to be the first Indian to win a Grand Prix means a lot to me. Hopefully I will be racing in one more GP this year, so let’s see…”
Jehan is the first Indian to reach the podium in any FIA World Championship event, when he finished as second runner up at the FIA CIK World Karting Championship in 2014. Before that, he was the first Indian to win a Karting Championship in Europe when he won the British KF3 Championship. In 2012, he became the first Indian to win a CIK Championship when we won the FIA CIK Asia Pacific KF3 Championship in Macau.
Recently Force India owner Vijay Malya, who has now dropped word “India” from his Formula-1 team name, said in an interview that Jehan may join Force (India) team from 2018.
Now Jehan’s next big goal is to become Force India driver in Formula-1 race. Keep watching him. He is gong to take us to places.