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Niranjan Todkari wins Mercedes Young Star Driver Program

Mercedes-Benz has affirmed the victors of its first ever 'Young Star Driver' program at a shootout which closed at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. Nirajan Todkari from Aurangabad outraced the rivalry to develop in top spot, while Diljith TS from Thrissur and Mezaan Anees from Bangalore finshed second and third respectiv. The victor will get a chance to assistant with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team throughout the Indian GP race weekend and additionally experience essential, progressed and genius level preparing with the AMG Driving Academy in India and Germany. 

After an across the nation assessment process dependent upon diverse criteria like age (15-25 years), dashing sharpness, hustling fitness and attainment, FMSCI's jury including Arjun Balu (dominant Indian Touring Car champion), Amittrajit Ghosh (current guide of 2013 Indian National Rally Championship & 2012 INRC champion) and Sanjay Balu (previous National champion with 25 years of motorsports experience) shortlisted the hopefuls who were welcomed for an one-day program at the BI. There were over 3200 applications from 48 cities and towns. The number was eventually pruned to 12 who assembled at the BIC for a shootout.

On his achievement, Todkari said: “I got this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the different aspects involved in racing on international track like the Buddh International Circuit. It is a dream come true to get a chance to learn from one of the world’s greatest motorsports team, the Mercedes AMG Petronas.” 

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “Motorsports has been the DNA of brand Mercedes-Benz and we are proud of our long and successful association with different forms of motorsports across the globe and our unsurpassable racetrack achievements. “It was Mercedes-Benz vision to identify and nurture motorsports talents in India and ‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver’ programme is yet another pioneering effort in realizing that vision”, he added.

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