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Karun Chandhok secures podium finish at Dubai 24Hours

Dubai: Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok got his year off with a third place finish in the SP2 class at the Dubai 24hours which finished Saturday night.Chandhok, driving the Dubai 24hours for the second time
IANS January 12, 2014 18:08 IST
IANS
Dubai: Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok got his year off with a third place finish in the SP2 class at the Dubai 24hours which finished Saturday night.

Chandhok, driving the Dubai 24hours for the second time in his career, drove for the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, which suffered mechanical issues through the night, costing the team a chance at victory.

Chandhok, driving the No.126 Nissan 370Z Nismo, joined Nissan GT Academy winners James Moffat, Tor Graves and Ashley Oldfield in Asia's leading endurance race.

The No.126 car was fighting with the RJN sister car for the win when the team suffered issues into the night, costing them more than two hours in the pits. The team was at one point 16 laps behind the leader and managed to unlap themselves 5 times but was too late.

Chandhok rued the bad luck but was happy to start the season with a podium finish.

"This is a great start to the year for me and I would like to thank the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN for this opportunity. It was a crazy race and at one point we looked fast enough for the win. You need luck in a 24 hour race and we didn't get our share of the luck but we fought back and took a podium finish."