IMSA Series: Heavy rain mars Akhil Rabindra’s debut podium finish

The race was delayed by 60 minutes and the duration was reduced to 75 minutes from the original 120 minutes due to a downpour and a brief hailstorm.

Earlier this year, Indian racer Akhil bagged a spot at the Aston Martin Junior Driver’s Academy.   -  FILE PHOTO/SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The wet and slippery track during the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series at the Road America course this weekend deprived India’s Akhil Rabindra and his team from continuing their lead run.

Earlier this year, Indian racer Akhil bagged a spot at the Aston Martin Junior Driver’s Academy. Rabindra joined Kris Wilson for the weekend race in the new Vantage platform for the first time in the IMSA Series, where the duo of Automatic Racing team qualified P3 for the Saturday morning session.

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The race was delayed by 60 minutes and the duration was reduced to 75 minutes from the original 120 minutes due to a downpour and a brief hailstorm that halted all activity at the legendary road course.

The 23-year-old Rabindra started the race from P3 on a wet but rapidly drying racetrack and finally he ended his stint position running P1 before heading to the pit lane. This was the first time Akhil had raced on this track with minimal testing in this weather conditions, yet was determined to put the Aston into the lead.