Indian racer Aditya Patel put on a tough fight to finish on the podium in race two of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Korea. The opening race of the weekend was challenging for Patel and after qualifying a credible third, he got off to a good start but was however hit from behind by another driver.
This caused the Chennai lad to fall all the way down to 18th position. However, Aditya fought his way up and finished sixth on track, and was later elevated to fourth after penalties were awarded to two drivers ahead of him.
In race two, Patel started in sixth and was soon in second place behind race leader, Jean-Karl Vernay. Vernay, who had made contact with another car earlier, was trying hard to defend his position. This allowed for Kyong Ouk You and Rahel Frey to catch up from behind and a heated battle ensued for the next few laps. In the end, Vernay was penalised for the incident and the race was won by Frey, followed by Kyong Ouk You and Patel.
Patel commented, “It was not the easiest weekend for me. The Korea International Circuit is probably one of the toughest circuits to learn, with almost twenty corners over a lap. Unfortunately, due to less practice time, I was definitely on the back foot going into the weekend.”
“But in the end, it’s good to come away with a podium finish and many good points. The first race was a bit of a nightmare after being punted out on the start, but I really did enjoy making my way back up the field!”, he added.