Birstall teenager Kyan Gohill is determined to fly the flag for Leicester and British Indians in Motorsport, by becoming the first British Indian in Formula 1.
The 15-year-old has dreamed of becoming a Formula 1 driver since he was nine-years-old, and it’s something which has recently taken a huge step closer to reality.
Earlier this year, Kyan was scouted by Arden Motorsports, a team which have developed drivers such as Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kyvat and Pierre Gasley, all of whom have reached Formula 1.
He has now been offered an invitation only spot on the Arden Young Driver Academy Program (YRDA), where he has began training. And it all looks very promising so far.
Since joining the program, Kyan has already proven his ability by exceeding lap times set by his peers that have been on the program for over a year more than himself.
“I love racing and it gives me such a rush, from being on the starting grid, to every overtake and simply having the chance to race alongside my friends”, he said of the sport, which he fell in love with two-years ago.
“There is no other sport or activity that would give me this thrill and excitement!”
“However, I have to say the first time I got into a proper kart reaching speeds of 70mph, I was scared and nervous yet I handled it well and would never go back on my decision of following this path”, he added.
As well as hoping to become the first British Indian Formula 1 Driver, Kyan also hopes to be next big sports personality to come out of Leicester.
Despite starting racing later than most at the age of 13, he won his first Novice karting trophy in only his second ever race. Since then he has continued to improve and has competed in over 70 races with 7 podium finishes.
He describes being scouted by Arden and joining the YRDA family, as an “amazing opportunity” – the the highlight of his life so far.
The program will see Kyan involved in simulator and on track driver training before starting his single seater journey in GB4 in April 2023, where he will then proceed through the ranks of Formula 3, Formula 2 and finally become an elite driver and possibly the first British Indian to reach Formula 1.
“It’s a big target to reach, yes, but as long as I put in the effort and time behind it and secure the relevant sponsors I know that I can get very close to it, if not make it there!” he said of his amazing ambition.
“To get scouted by Arden and to be able to join the YRDA family has been the highlight of my life so far, as I know it is the start of something amazing. I am over the moon and no words can describe how grateful I am to have this opportunity”.
To find out more about Kyan, and to follow his racing journey, visit: www.kyanracing.com
By Louise Steel