Making his single seater debut at the historic circuit of Monza in Italy, Sahara Force India Academy Driver Jehan Daruvala made a promising start in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC). Competing for the entire season as a part of his 2015 programme, Jehan finished eighth and fourth in two highly competitive races which had 30 experienced drivers on the grid. Qualifying for Race One, a premature end to the session led to the youngster having to settle for tenth on the starting grid, while he upped his pace and qualified fifth for Race two.
Jehan was the top rookie driver in the event, receiving a trophy on the Monza podium, and now stands fourth overall in the championship standings with 30 points. Talking about his first experience in a Formula car, the 16-year old said, “It was my first race weekend in a single seater and I qualified and finished in the top ten in both races. I struggled a bit with the car on Friday but the team did a great job. I want to thank the Fortec team and Sahara Force India.”
Jehan started his Karting career in 2009 and went on to become the National champion in 2010. In 2011, he proved his mettle overseas, scoring top rank in the Malaysian Junior Yamaha Championship, also a year when he got selected in the Sahara Force India Academy. In the following years, he went on the win the 2012 CIK FIA Asia Pacific KF3 Championship, the 2013 British KF3 and finished third in the 2014 World Karting Championship.