City lad Oshan Kothadiya 3rd Indian to enter Scirocco R-Cup
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Having been a driver at the Volkswagen Polo R Cup since its inception in 2010, city-based motorsport racer Oshan Kothadiya has surely come of age, by becoming the only third Indian driver and the first from the city to participate in the Scirocco R-Cup, which begins in Germany next month.
"There is a certain thrill in driving. The pushing of the gas pedal, the shifting of gears, sharp turns and the slamming of brakes. All this accomplished in a set time frame along with other cars racing by your side. This is the thrill of motorsport racing," the ace driver said about his profession.
He began as a participant in the inaugural edition in 2010, while in the 2011 season, he finished as the first runner-up. On the lessons that he had learnt in the first two seasons he said, "I have begun to understand the car a lot better over the two seasons, and what it can do. More importantly, I have started understanding the performance of the car, how hard it can be pushed and where it can fail. These are important aspects about driving that I have learnt over the last two seasons."
A student of the AISSMS College of Engineering, the 21-year-old says his knowledge of mechanical engineering will help him have an edge at the international race.
He says, "I am going to the race fully aware of the fact that there are other drivers who have more experience than me. But then, being a mechanical engineer helps as I can understand certain things about the functioning of a car better. That along with the intense training will help me at the races." Speaking on the demanding nature of the sport he says, "It is not just about sitting in a car and driving. There is intense pressure and a lot of things need to be worked out constantly even while driving. Also another thing that needs to be taken care of, is physical fitness. Over a race weekend owing to the water losses in the body, a driver can easily lose upto four kilos of his or her body weight. In order to prepare for this I have been training in weights, yoga, resistance and endurance training and meditation." Oshan who has left for Germany on Saturday, will be attending the pre-season testing and will return on April 5. The main race will begin on April 27-29. He will be participating in eight races that will be staged in Austria, UK and Germany.