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Narain blown away by Bahrain 23 Mar 2005

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) Jordan.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 5 March 2005

Following his second successful outing for Jordan in Sepang last weekend, rookie Formula One driver, Narain Karthikeyan, made a brief pit stop in the Gulf nation of Bahrain. The one-day promotional tour allowed the Indian driver a sneak preview of the circuit he will race on at the second Bahrain Grand Prix on April 1-3.

Karthikeyan participated in a busy day of activities on the island where he met 4,500 students of the six Indian-based schools. Whilst he was there, he participated in a question-and-answer session with students; he was also presented with a commemorative plaque before he left. “I am really happy to be here and meet my fans, all I need is your support” he told the pupils.

Karthikeyan was then taken to the US$150 million Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and had lunch with key BIC officials after being driven around the track by the BIC PR director, Shaikh Salman Bin Essa Al Khalifa. “The track is fantastic. I have been to so many circuits, but the BIC blew me away,” Karthikeyan said following the tour. “I am sure the race will be competitive as it’s a very technical track with plenty of opportunities for overtaking.”

After lunch with circuit officials, Narain hosted a press conference followed by an autograph session at Bahrain’s largest shopping mall where in excess of 300 people queued up to get closer to the star.

The day ended with a reception held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel with the Indian Ambassador in attendance alongside Martin Whitaker, the General Manager of BIC and over 200 people from the Indian community.

As he left for the airport late that night on route to Delhi Karthikeyan said, “I can’t wait to come back. I really enjoyed my quick stay and I am very much looking forward to the race.”

Karthikeyan has had a successful debut season to date, finishing the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix in 15th and 11th places respectively, beating Jordan team mate Tiago Monteiro on both occasions.