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Force India junior Daruvala enters Formula Renault NEC

by Gruz David
Photo: CIK/KSP

Photo: CIK/KSP

Force India’s top protege Jehan Daruvala has officially been confirmed as a Fortec Motorsport driver for 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship.

The 16-year-old Indian karting star, who has been supported by Force India since finishing third in their One From Billion competition in 2011, will also take part in selected events of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps.

Daruvala proved his talent many occasions throughout his karting career. After triumphing in the 2012 Asia-Pacific KF3 championship, he took the Super One Series title in 2013, followed by third in the CIK-FIA KF World Championship and second in German national series DKM.

Daruvala will be hoping to emulate the success of Ben Barnicoat, who also made his single-seater debut with Fortec last year and ended up winning the championship.

He is the second promising karting graduate to enter NEC after fellow CIK-FIA World Championship star Nikita Mazepin announced a deal with Josef Kaufmann Racing.

Indian sources have tipped French F4 prodigy Joseph Mawson and FR1.6 race winner Ferdinand Habsburg as Daruvala’s potential teammates.