Indian racer Akhil Rabindra secures double podium finish in European GT4 Championship

After finishing fourth overall in qualifying race 2, Akhil's journey at the Imola circuit got off to a good start.

Akhil Rabindra (right) in a file photo. (Image: GT4 European Series)

Akhil Rabindra, a Bengaluru-born 25-year-old Aston Martin Driver Academy product who is the only Asian racing in the European GT4 Championship this year, has kicked off his 2022 calendar with a double podium finish with his new team, Racing Spirit of Leman, in the season opener of the European GT4 Series. Akhil and his teammate Tom Canning finished third in the Silver Cup category in both races of Round 1 at the Imola Circuit.

After finishing fourth overall in qualifying race 2, Akhil’s journey at the Imola circuit got off to a good start. Following that, Akhil and his teammate T. Canning had an impressive start to Race 1, earning a P3 finish in the Silver Cup Race 1 after the disqualification of the #13 pair of P Chovet& J Scheier for technical infringement. With their Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4, Rabindra and Canning finished third in Race 2 of the Silver Cup.

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“It has been a good start to the 2022 season. I am in a new team this year and have a new teammate who is doing a great job and I look forward to carry forward this momentum to the next race in France,” the Indian racer said.

What is the GT4 European Series?

SRO Motorsports Group created and organises the GT4 European Series, a sports car championship. It is a pro/am championship that is based on the FIA GT3 European Championship, which was derived from the FIA GT Championship, which used the GT1 and GT2 classes.

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The majority of GT4 class cars are what are known as track day cars, which are factory-built race cars that are available to the general public. Teams can, however, build custom-built cars based on production models. The FIA tests all of the cars and then modifies them to have nearly identical performance levels. Once a car has been approved by the FIA, it cannot be modified by the teams, saving constructors money on ongoing development costs. To further equalise performance, all cars are equipped with regulated Pirelli tyres.

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