Indian Racer Akhil Rabindra secures podium in his debut in the British GT Championship. The McLaren GT Driver Academy racer, secured the third position in silver category, in his debut British GT Championship held at Oulton Park, UK recently.
The Bengaluru boy recently moved from the single seater BRDC Formula 3 to British GT series and began building a strong impression from the Round-1. The British GT Championship series includes nine races of which Race-1 and 2 are completed.
Debutants Akhil Rabindra and teammate Dean Macdonald got a strong start to their GT careers with the Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570s GT4.
Race 1 was held on April 24, 2017, and the conditions were wet and cold, with Macdonald leading the first stint lining up in 18th position in the 28-car grid of GT3 and GT4 cars.
Macdonald gained a solid start and retained the position until handing over to Akhil when the pit window opened. After a smooth pit stop, Akhil re-joined the race and set about chasing the leaders. Eventually, he brought the car home in 5th place in class and 12th in GT4.
Race 2 witnessed dry conditions at Oulton Park with Akhil starting from P14 in #59 McLaren. Akhil made an important start passing several cars in the first few laps, firm on improving his race one position.
The Indian driver managed a series of remarkable lap times and was involved in a race-long fight with the #42 Aston Martin before handing over to Macdonald in the pit stop in an impressive P6 overall and P2 in class.
Macdonald took over at the halfway point and sustained steady race pace before nearly escaping a huge crash between #7 Bentley GT3 and the #88 Mercedes GT3.
This brought an early finish to the race. Crossing the line P5 in GT4 and P3 in the silver cup, the #59 pairing made an awesome debut in the series and are currently 4th with 25 points in the GT4 Silver Cup Championship.
The next race is at Rockingham on April 29th & 30th, 2017. Akhil Rabindra has been signed by the Garage 59 team to race in the 2017 British GT championship and is set to contest the seven-round championship in the stunning McLaren 570S GT4.