Krishnaraaj Mahadik recently fulfilled his dream of winning his maiden BRDC British Formula 3 (race 2) – a prestigious motorsport racing championship held at the Brads Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent, England. He was preparing for British F3 2018 when British F3 2017 happened to him by chance, as his team ‘Double R Racing’ asked him to participate in the race as one of its drivers was injured.
Mahadik is the second Indian to achieve the pole position at Grands Hatch GP, after ace Formula One driver Narain Kartkeyan, who achieved the feat 19 years ago.
The young and successful Krishnaraaj was born on 12th June 1998 in Kolhapur, India. Before choosing to be a part of motorsports world, he was also well involved in many other sports like basketball, badminton, skating, swimming, and football. As a fascinated eight-year-old, he used to spend hours at the Go-karting track in Kolhapur, owned by his father’s friend. In the year 2007, he was officially introduced to Go-karting, which he found very interesting and decided to enroll his name in it.
He won most of his championships and later in 2013, he planned to move onto single-seater racing. He started with the BMW Formula 4 series as his debut season and then progressed and moved onto international racing and went on achieving great milestones in his career.
In 2017, British F3 was held in England, where now the Indian flag flies high after nearly two decades. Krishnaraj says, “It was very challenging because the championship had drivers competing from all around the globe and the competition was a very close one, when you were leading the race, you came under a lot of pressure. I would like to believe that I handled that very well. Confidence played a major role in my success”.
‘He still has a long way to go but he’s already so far from where he used to be, and he is proud of that’
Krishnaraj has recently signed with Veloce Motorsports for 2017. He will be managed with regards to the Formula F3 single seater category car. This year he is looking forward to training and developing as a driver. He will also compete in Asian championships to improve his future performance.
His hard work and determination teach us not to quit but to follow our dreams with passion and dedication.
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