Narain Karthikeyan will spearhead an all-Indian racing team in the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series, to be held in Abu Dhabi at the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series in February.
The Trio Team of Besides Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao will look to compete in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans later in the year.
The Asian Le Mans Series, to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on February 5-6 and February 19-20, consists of four races spread over two weekends, with each event lasting four hours, a media release stated.
India’s first Formula One driver Narain said he was delighted at getting another shot at Le Mans. “I have been dreaming of going back to Le Mans for a few years now. This is probably the most exciting project in my career as a racing driver,” Karthikeyan said.
“We have a young and fledgling team and it will no doubt be a big test for us, but I am confident of doing well,” he added.
The Indian team will drive an ORECA 07 car in the LMP2 class, and have technical support from the Championship-winning Algarve Pro Racing Team.
Bangalore-based Arjun Maini said he knows what it takes to do well in a competition like this. “I am glad to be back to racing so soon after the 2020 European Le Mans season, and I do believe that Algarve Pro Racing Team, the defending Asian Le Mans Series champions, gives us the best possible chance of securing an entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Naveen Rao, who is the reigning 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge champion said he looks forward to driving as part of Racing Team India. “I’m super excited to be partnering with Narain and Arjun to bring the first-ever Racing Team India to Le Mans! Le Mans has a magical quality and is the dream of many kids to be a part of.”