Castelletto di Branduzzo (Italy), October 9: India’s Ruhaan Alva, the schoolboy from Bengaluru, finished a creditable fifth after starting the finals 10th on the grid in the Easykart Grand Prix Finals here on Sunday.
Ruhaan, who is supported by Birel Art, the leading Italian kart manufacturer, had a disappointing start to the weekend. Struggling for pace, he was placed ninth in his group and 19th overall after the qualifying practice session.
Later, he finished Heat-1 in fifth place after making 14 places and was leading in Heat-2 when he was shunted off the track, but recovered to cross the line in eighth. In Heat-3, he started 10th and finished seventh to qualify for the Finals.
Starting the Finals again in 10th spot (on the basis of points accrued during the Heats), Ruhaan put in a determined performance to eventually finish fifth.
Ruhaan was declared second runner-up in the Easykart Italian championship which concluded last month and was awarded a trophy at the prize-distribution function on Sunday.