Jehan Daruvala Breaks Circuit Record And Retains Lady Wigram Trophy

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Sahara Force India Academy driver Jehan Daruvala has achieved the rare distinction of successfully defending the Lady Wigram Trophy Title in New Zealand. He won the same title last year after starting from 15th on the grid.

The 18-year-old Indian driver is the first to defend the trophy since 1993. The race 2 happened earlier in the day, was a disaster for the teenager as he made contact with fellow competitor resulting damages to the front of his car and had to retire from the 15 lap race on the penultimate lap. The race was won by Thomas Randle of Australia.

Jehan started the race from pole position and immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. He was able to open a gap of three seconds because of his impressive pace, before the safety car was deployed on the track. The race restarted twice because of some incidents and finally the red flag was out, suspending the race. In both the restarts, Jehan pulled away from other competitors.

The race was restarted for the last time and Jehan found his rhythm to pull away at the front. He kept on building the gap from rest of the drivers and took the chequered flag. British racer Enaam Ahmed finished second followed by Pedro Piquet.

After winning the 20 lap race, Jehan stated, "Race 2 was unfortunate after I was hit and had to retire. I am happy I could keep my focus up and managed the three restarts well, in the Lady Wigram Trophy Race.

"My pace was really good and the team have done a fantastic job in giving me a great car. I would really like to thank everyone who has been part of my success and most importantly I must thank Sahara Force India for their continued support."

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Story first published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 18:35 [IST]
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