Arjun and Kush Maini need no introduction. For the better part of a decade, the Bangalore-based duo set racing records and paved the way for other Indian racing drivers to follow in their footsteps and compete with the best racing drivers in the world.
Arjun, who switched to GT racing last year, now competes in the DTM series. Entering his second season in the Pan-European Championship, Arjun now races with the HRT team in the #36 Mercedes-AMG. Meanwhile, Kush continues to progress to Formula 1 and is now racing in FIA Formula 3 in the #12 MP Motorsports car. The brothers will compete, for the first time in 2022, simultaneously this weekend with Arjun at the Lausitzring in Germany and Kush in Barcelona as a support race for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The DTM championship has changed significantly and includes a record-breaking 29-driver roster with iconic brands, such as Mercedes-AMG, Audi, BMW, Porsche, McLaren, Lamborghini and Ferrari, now locked in a seven-man championship battle for manufacturers. Title. The competition in the series has gone up a few notches with qualifying and the races now closer than ever, as was the case in the first round at Portimão. The field is brimming with talent, with multiple world rally champion Sebastien Loeb the latest in a long line of motorsport legends to try their hand at the series.
Although he finished the season strong with his first podium at the famous Norisring circuit, Arjun had a difficult start to the season in Portugal but clearly found the rhythm in the second race where he made 12 positions after starting 25and.
“I’m looking forward to racing the Lausitzring again, especially because of the banked corner in a corner,” Arjun commented ahead of the weekend. “It makes the circuit very exciting and different and it’s a really distinctive characteristic for a European circuit. I was very fast here last year, but I didn’t get the results I wanted. So I want make sure I get some decent results this year.” “We have worked hard since Portimão and I am confident that the team will provide me with a good car to fight for positions. Let’s see how it goes. I want to thank OSM (Omega Seiki Mobility) for supporting me for a second year.”
Kush faces a completely different challenge at Barcelona. The younger of the two brothers spent much of 2021 on the sidelines after two strong seasons in the BRDC Formula 3 (now GB3) championship where he finished third and second in the championship respectively. Kush now races for MP Motorsport in the FIA F3 Championship, where he faces the unenviable task of competing against 30 of the world’s best junior drivers while being scrutinized by several prominent F1 scouts.
Kush, who is currently 13th in the championship, hopes to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, who became India’s first GP3 Series race winner (the forerunner of the FIA F3) at the same venue in 2017.
“I’m looking forward to the next weekend in Barcelona,” Kush said ahead of his race in Spain. “The Barcelona circuit is one of my favorites on the calendar, and I hope to bring back some good points at the end of the weekend. We definitely have the pace to fight in front, and hopefully, I “I think we would be higher in the standings. “Obviously I would like to emulate what Arjun has done here, but for now I’m keeping my head down and working with the team to maximize the performance of the car. “I would like to thank JK racing and OSM (Omega Seiki Mobility) for all the support they have given me.”
Although they have competed in very different championships and stages of their careers, the brothers seem united by the desire to compete against the best drivers in the world. One thing is certain: the two drivers will give their all this weekend!
While the DTM Championship will be shown live on Eurosport, the FIA Formula 3 Championship will be shown live on Star Sports Select HD2 in India.