Shahaan EngineerMumbai-born racing driver Shahaan Engineer capped-off a tremendous breakthrough weekend in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) at Zandvoort this afternoon, Sunday, 23rd September, with his second podium finish in as many races – and second of his rookie season.

Driving for multiple championship-winning UK team Fortec Motorsports, Shahaan starred in qualifying on Friday, 21st September, with his maiden car racing pole position. The Indian youngster then bagged the first podium of his fledgling career during round 17 on Saturday, 22nd September, and added another second place finish today with a great drive in the last race of the weekend.

Remarkably the 17-year-old, who is the youngest competitor in the hotly-contested pan-European series, concluded the visit to The Netherlands with the biggest points haul of anyone. Earning a total of 63 points across the three races, eight points clear of his nearest rival, Shahaan has surged from 11th in the championship into seventh place – just 10 points shy of fifth from 44 registered entrants.

Jamie Dye, team manager of Fortec Motorsports, said: “Shahaan did a great job all weekend and really showed us his talent. Shahaan is, for sure, one to watch in the future – he is ready to be picked up by someone big. In the meantime, we’re happy to have him on-board with us at Fortec and really pleased with his performance.”

“It’s been an exciting weekend and my best yet in cars”, added Shahaan, “Getting the two podiums and a pole position feels great but, more importantly, I’m pleased to have scored well in all three races. I want to thank the team for giving me a great car all weekend.”

Shahaan was actually one of only two drivers able to lap below the 1m39 second barrier, his best time of the race being a lap of 1m38.658 seconds. Unlike most of the other drivers he’s competing against, the youngster has leapt into the high-level series without any experience in Formula BMW, Formula Ford or any other single-seater championship – making his performances all the more impressive as he battles wheel-to-wheel against second and third year veterans in his first season.

Following this weekend’s racing, Shahaan now travels back to the UK to continue his recently commenced studies at Leighton Park in Berkshire.

Keep up-to-date with Shahaan’s progress throughout the year at www.shahaan.com follow him on Twitter @ShahaanEngineer and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShahaanEngineer

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