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Gaurav Gill and Yash Aradhya felicitated on a memorable day for Indian motorsports at the 2020 FMSCI Awards

18-year-old Mizo racer Lal Nunsunga receives top honour at the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India Award

Outstanding Achievement awardee Aishwarya Pissay leads string of female racers winning big at the awards

Over 110 National champions felicitated

2019 Arjuna awardee Gaurav Gill added another feather to his cap as he took home the Special Award at The Federation of Motor Sports Club of India Awards (FMSCI) held at PHD House in New Delhi on 29th February 2020.

Chief Guest, Honorable Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, graced the occasion and congratulated the national and international champions of Indian motorsports.

FMSCI is that the sole federation in Asia Pacific that organizes 10 national championships in most verticals of 2-wheelers, 4-wheelers and karting. The awards witnessed over 110 national champions receive their trophies for the national championship and special awards.

2019 marked a watershed for the sport in India because it received unprecedented recognition on the national stage. Gaurav Gill created history by becoming the first motorsport athlete to be awarded the Arjuna Award, the absolute best civilian honour for sports in India. Similarly, 17-year-old Yash Aradhya is that the first-ever motorsport athlete to win Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Shakti Puraskar.

The afternoon promised great hope for the long run as young talent took centerstage at the awards. Another talented budding racer Lal Nunsunga won the coveted ‘Upcoming Motorsport Person of the Year’ award. Since he started racing in 2016, the 18-year-old from Mizoram has overcome great adversity on his because of becoming one of the brightest prospects of Indian motorsports to look out for. This award comes after a highly successful year in 2019 for Lal including 7 podium finishes at the national level. Hailing from Aizwal, the speedster is confident of racing within the MotoGP at some point .

In praise of the record-breaking achievements of Indian racers, Honourable Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju said, “Every sport needs heroes to inspire subsequent generation of champions. i might wish to commend all the winners for scripting the stories which can motivate new talent in motorsport and still make the country proud like you all have. Seeing the achievements of Indian racers at the national and international level has made me believe that the dawn of Indian motorsports is finally here”.

The awards also witnessed a strong outing by female racers, signifying the rise of women within the game . Motorcycle racer Aishwarya Pissay was among the awardees for ‘Outstanding Achievements in World Motorsports’. 2019 was an unforgettable year for the 24-year-old from Bengaluru as she became the first Indian to win a World title in motorsports when she triumphed within the FIM Bajas World Cup . Shriya Lohia and Muskan Jubbal were also recognised as ‘Outstanding Women in Motorsports’.

Racing stalwart and Padma Shri recipient Narain Karthikyen continued to scale heights as his win at the Japan Super GT earned him the ‘Outstanding Achievements in World Motorsports Award’.

Jehan Daruvala was also recognized for his historic signing by Formula 1’s Red Bull Racing for his or her junior programme. The youngster will compete in his first FIA Formula 2 Grand Prix in Bahrain next month, as he follows within the footsteps of Formula 1 icons Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, both of whom are products of the Red Bull Junior programme.

Round-winner of Asian Le Mans Series Arjun Maini and FIM Asia Cup of Road Race podium winner Abhimanyu Gautam were also honoured for his or her outstanding performances at the international level.

Reflecting on the country’s golden year in motorsports, FMSCI President J Prithviraj said, “This afternoon reaffirmed that Indian motorsports is headed within the proper direction. Not only are Indian racers holding their own at the international level, but the sport is additionally really beginning at the domestic level with more and more young racers breaking in. FMSCI is more motivated than ever to form sure that motorsports continues to develop at the grass roots level and lift the standards of Indian racing to match international levels.”

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