Steered by passion for speed and driving, India’s Akhil Rabindra has been at the wheel for the past 10 years.
For a lad who began his journey with a Go-Kart, getting selected for an “iconic brand in the world of motorsports” marked his day of days. “First, I was really excited about making it to the program. Driving an Aston Martin was a privilege. The exposure and support I got from it (academy) enabled me to put down results,” Akhil, who is a part of the GT 4 European Series and 24H Series European (GT), told DT Next.
Racing with an Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4, Akhil, representing PROsport Performance, managed four podium finishes collectively in the GT4 European Series and 24H Series. Having already come up with admirable performances, the youngster hopes to churn out more positive results in the future.
“I have learnt a lot by driving different cars on different circuits and they have benefitted me every following year. With all the experience I have gained, I think I can put them into good use,” he added. Akhil, a master on the track, also has an Undergraduate degree in Sports Management (University of Edinburgh in Scotland) to his credit. The Bengaluru-based driver feels the knowledge he has acquired on and off the field has set him up well to take on any possible challenge going forward. “Being in motorsports and understanding so much from inside, it was clear that studying something in those lines would be ideal for me. Hence, I chose to pursue Sports Management. The combination of being in the sport and learning the theory has put me in good stead for the obstacles ahead,” he explained.
During our interaction, Akhil gave us an insight into how he took to the sport at a really tender age. “My paternal family members were always interested in cars and bikes and that’s how I picked it up. When I was young, the only automobile I could legally drive was a rental Go-Kart. I used to drive it weekend after weekend. When I started beating my senior competitors, I realised there is potential for me in motorsports,” revealed Akhil, who follows cricket, boxing and badminton in the off-season.