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2012 Race of Champions: Team India win the Race of Champions Asia

by Niharika Ghorpade Posted on 17 Dec 2012 503 Views

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Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok of Team India clinched the 2012 Race of Champions Asia title at the 25th edition of the event at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok

 

 

2012 ROC Asia winners Narain Karthikeyan and Karun
Chandok

 

 

Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok won the first ever Race of Champions Asia competition for Team India at the 25th edition of ROC, at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. The Team India duo defeated Kazuya Ohshima and Takuto Iguchi of the Toyota Team Gazoo Japan in the finals, who were class winners of the 2012 Nurburgring 24-hour race. 

 

On their Race of Champions debut win, Narain said,  “This is the first time at the Race Of Champions for both myself and Karun and I’ve really enjoyed this event so far. It’s a unique format and it’s pretty tight and narrow out there. So it was a challenge to put a precise lap together in any of the cars. But it’s just about getting the best out of each car. You need to adapt very quickly without any mistakes as you need a clean lap. We’re happy to come out on top, now we can look forward to the rest of the event.” 

 

Karun added, “That was a really good night and it was obviously very nice to end up on top. It wasn’t as straight forward as we would have hoped as we both had our favourite cars and we ended up driving the opposite ones to what we wanted. But it worked out well in the end. It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed our first experience of competing here. In the end I think we beat everyone fair and square. That’s what the Race Of Champions all about – same cars, same track, same conditions. It’s a bit of history for Team India to win the first ROC Asia. That’s obviously very special.” 

 

As the winners of ROC Asia, they got to participate in the 2012 ROC Nations Cup along with Team Thailand. It is also the first time Team India was represented in the 2012 ROC Nations Cup. However they failed to make it past the group stages of the Nations Cup against strong teams like Germany and Australia. 

 

 

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