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The driving force


Sanjay: Man behind the Go-karting.

YOU CANNOT come across a more affable man than Sanjay Sharma. He used to be a rally driver and loved the sport so much that he had to be associated with it even after he hung up his racing boots. In just three years, Sanjay Sharma has made the National Karting Championship a much sought after event, and in his own words, "it is still early days for karting".

"My aim is to make it not just a national event, but one that touches international standards." Sanjay Sharma goes by the nickname "Hardy". Whether that is because of the Laurel and Hardy pair, or that's because he has a steel-like resolve is open to conjecture. Perhaps, steely resolve would be a better reference.

It is no joke running an event like the JK Tyre National Karting championship, and that too in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and New Delhi before the staging of the grand finals. But Sanjay has streamlined the event to such an extent that it is now like a caravan that packs its bags and moves from city to city. anjay is not content to sit on his laurels and bask in the success. "I am doing this because I firmly believe in a greater goal. I want the youngsters of the country to take up the sport and set greater targets. It is not enough to have one Hari Singh or one Narain Karthikeyan. In the next decade or so, we should have a bigger team of champion racers," Sanjay adds.

"I also know that there is much to be done before we reach that stage, but I am thankful that we are getting there. With solid support from Mr. Raghupath Singhania of JK Tyres, we are not looking at immediate results but a long term perspective," he says.

Sanjay has made a fine blend of thrills on the track coupled with entertainment on the periphery. At every karting track, there will be a popular entertainer, someone like Remo Fernandes or Shaan who will be belting out popular songs to keep the spectators elated.

To his credit, Sanjay has ensured a sense of fair play is paramount in the staging of the event.

There was some criticism of the standard of the karts after last year's championship. Sanjay was on it like a flash and ensured that this year the drivers had no chance of gaining any advantage and that driving skills reflected in the results.

The sport needs more administrators like him to ensure its growth and increasing popularity. Way to go "Hardy".

D.R.S

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