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Indian racing star Arjun Maini to contest world’s biggest race

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Indian racing star Arjun Maini will become only the third Indian to contest the prestigious The 24 Hours of LeMans at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France.
 
With over 150 drivers racing across various classes and a history that dates back to 1923, The 24 Hours of LeMans sees a footfall of more than  250,000 people over the course of the weekend. 
 
Run on the historic Le Sarthe race circuit, which is known for its long back straight where cars can reach over 300 kmph, modern-day competitors complete over 5,000 kilometers during the 24-hour period.
 
Backed by J. K.Racing, Arjun will compete in the LMP2 category with 19 other entries, racing for the British team RLR Msport. Arjun will share his racing duties with gentleman driver John Ferraro and the experienced Frenchman Norman Nato, who is a previous winner in Formula 2.
 
At the age of 21, he will also become the youngest Indian ever to contest the race along with legends such as two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, four-time World Touring Car Champion Andy Prilaux, as well as former LeMans winners such as Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and former Formula One race winner Giancarlo Fisichella, to name a few of what is proving to be a very talented line-up of drivers. 
 
Speaking about his weekend, Arjun said, "Competing in one of motorsport's biggest races is crazy! The atmosphere during testing alone was something special and I can hardly wait for the actual race weekend. The biggest challenge I will face is the fact that I will be in the car much longer than in any of my previous races and I hope to be as consistent as possible as this will be key in gaining a good result. Another interesting aspect of endurance racing is navigating through traffic. It's all about risk assessment here, as I need to find the balance between losing time behind a slower car versus gauging if a driver can see me in their mirrors and finding this balance is another crucial aspect to the race. I'm managing my expectations for this race as 24 hours is a very long time in motor racing and anything can happen. Obviously, I'm looking to do my best and bring in a positive result for both myself and the team, that being said I also want to make the most of this opportunity as it's not every day you get to be a part of a historic race such as this."
 
Having recently signed a management deal with e-Ace International, Arjun's manager Tomas Siltanen added, "We are expecting that Le Mans 24h will give Arjun a further boost in his career to become full time professional and also Le Mans is the biggest scene to show Arjun’s potential to race amongst the best in the sport. This is the first time Arjun races the 24h Le Mans, so one of the most important things is to be consistent and learn from every lap because we know he has the speed!"
 
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