Birel ART India has reached an agreement with rising star Ruhaan Alva. The agreement covers the participation of the 10-year old factory driver to India's JK Tyre Rotax Max National Championship in 2016/7 and also includes select races in Europe in 2017. Alva is currently second in the JK Tyre Rotax Max National Championship, where he finished 2nd, 1st and 6th in the first 3 races.
Bangalore-based Alva started his racing career in 2014 in the UK and immediately showed great potential by winning the Novice Category of the Little Greenman Championship. In 2015, Alva raced in India, where he won the JK Tyre Rookie Cup and finished second in the highly competitive Micro class of the JK Tyre Rotax Max National Championship.
"I am very happy for the opportunity," said Ruhaan Alva. "Birel ART has arrived this year in India, and they are the best and coolest team. I am also very excited because ART Grand Prix has teams in FR 2.0, GP3 and GP2 and can guide me in my career in Europe."
Birel ART India's team principal Marco Bartoli added "We already knew about Ruhaan's racing accomplishments in the past two years, but team director Preetham Muniyappa and I, had the opportunity to watch him in action in the first three races of the championship. He is a great talent and has impressed us with his speed, consistency and maturity. Off the track, he is a pretty quiet kid, but it's pretty clear that Ruhaan likes to do his talking on the track! Preetham and I are delighted to have him join the Birel ART India team, and see great potential for his future racing career."