Prodigy Kris Bhanderi hoping to leap onto a higher level next season

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 00:00 |
Kris Bhanderi and his mother in a previous race. Photo/PD/EDWIN OTIENO

Edwin Otieno

Newly-crowned Kenya National Rotax Junior Max Karting champion Kris Bhanderi has his eyes firmly set on a Rotax Senior Max seat next season. 

 Bhanderi racked a maiden career title on the season closing double-header at Solai’s Rift Valley Motor Sports Club (RVMSC) racetrack where he cleared the ground with all his opponents.   

 The 15-year-old Year-10 student at German School Nairobi was crowned the Rotax Junior Max Champion with back to back wins on rounds 9 and 10.

 Asked about his 2020 plans, the karting prodigy alluded: “There’s nothing sure for next year yet, but I would surely want to take my racing career to the next level.

We have some plans for Rotax Senior Max, but I would also like to race in the United Kingdom.”  

Overseas trainers

 The 2022 Kenya National Karting Championship season will start next year with 10 rounds scheduled to run in various venues including Whistling Morans in Athi River and Nakuru’s Solai.  

 Kris has his options open as the karting series takes a three-month lull.

 “I am definitely going up. Time comes when you feel you need some fresh impetus into your racing career.

Nothing is final yet, but if I am to remain in Kenya next year, then I will have to fight it out in the Senior Rotax,” said Kris who will be turning 16 in December this year.

 Kris has been to Protrain Racing in UK’s Whilton Mill where he savoured a scintillating mini-max experience with overseas trainers.

 “I am happy and excited for the next step of my racing career and a bigger grid for that matter.

It will give me more competition and a reason to pursue new limits,” he said. 

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