Anindith: 'It felt nice to come first in a tough competition'

At the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday, Anindith Reddy retained his Euro JK title at the JK Tyre National racing championship. “It felt nice to come first in a tough competition,” the Hyderabad-based Anindith told Sportstar. “I faced tough challenge throughout the season from Vishnu Prasad and Nayan Chatterjee. Here, I had to do catch up with Lorenzo Pegaroro of Italy.”

Anindith Reddy is driven by a passion for something that hasn’t much to do with politics or business.   -  P. K. AJITH KUMAR

His father is a Member of Parliament and mother managing director of Apollo Hospitals, but Anindith Reddy is driven by a passion for something that hasn’t much to do with politics or business.

It has been a particularly smooth ride for the young racing driver this year. At the Buddh International Circuit here on Sunday, he retained his Euro JK title at the JK Tyre National racing championship. “It felt nice to come first in a tough competition,” the Hyderabad-based Anindith told Sportstar. “I faced tough challenge throughout the season from Vishnu Prasad and Nayan Chatterjee. Here, I had to do catch up with Lorenzo Pegaroro of Italy.”

He said though there were less number of foreign drivers this year compared to the last, the Indian competitors more than made up for that. “I have enjoyed my ride right through this season,” he said.

Anindith added he usually looked at one race at a time. “It was only in the third and fourth rounds that I began thinking of about winning the championship,” he said. “My strategy has been to try to push myself hard for the first lap or two, which would allow me to take a breather.”

He said racing in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd here was a great experience. “You get the best crowds here,” he said. “And I also love the track here. It is a pity we don’t have more races here. This track should be utilised more.”

He said what India needed was more events in motorsports. “We have talented drivers and good crowds,” he said. “There should be more quality events like this one, organised so well by JK Tyre.”

He felt the weather was another factor that made driving in Noida a pleasant experience.  So what is next for him? “I don’t have an exact answer for that at the moment,” he said. “But I hope to move into GT3 or GT4 next year.”