Having secured the best qualifying position ever in the A1 series for Team India, Narain Karthikeyan (Kakarla Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan is a Kamma from Coimbatore) had something special under his sleeve. So I decided to watch the race online. Do not ask me why, but I caught only the last 15 laps of the feature race, with Team New Zealand hunting Narain down lap after lap. With only about a half a second gap, tires wearing out and brake fade at its worst, Jonny Reid was waiting for Narain to make a mistake, but from what I understand two great pit stops and some sensible driving meant that Team India coasted home to its first victory.
And yes, the Indian national anthem was played for the first time in A1GP.Karthikeyan was excited and happy. Team India’s manager Mr. Setna was overcome with emotion.
An amazing achievement by the team and Narain. A few more wins like this should put him into the limelight he deserves.