Narain Karthikeyan has admitted that his upcoming sportscar test with Audi could be just the beginning of 'a very exciting adventure' in his career – after it was revealed that the Indian is to get behind the wheel of one of the Ingolstadt manufacturer's all-conquering R10 TDIs next week.
Following a stint in Formula 1 with Jordan and latterly, as a test driver, Williams, Karthikeyan has competed predominantly in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for his country, sealing India's breakthrough success at such a high level when he triumphed at Zhuhai in China in season three – going on to add to that tally just twelve races later in the Brands Hatch finale.
Having established himself as one of the nation vs nation series' leading stars, the 32-year-old has been offered a test outing by Team Kolles owner Colin Kolles, who will run two of Audi's revolutionary, ultra-successful diesels – a car that has stormed to three consecutive victories in the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours – both at La Sarthe and in the Europe-based Le Mans Series in 2009.
Kolles knows Karthikeyan from their time together at Jordan four years ago, and will give his former charge the chance to prove his mettle in a private test at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz close to Berlin in Germany as the team evaluates an improved aerodynamic package.
“I am very excited about this test that Dr. Kolles has offered me,” enthused India's most successful racing driver. “I have been following the Le Mans races for many years now, and have been waiting for the right opportunity to test one of the front-running cars. The Audi R10 TDI is a legendary racer, and I feel honoured, privileged and thankful for this opportunity.
“I have been talking to some people who have driven the Audi R10 TDI, and they all tell me that it is blindingly quick and has plenty of downforce, very similar to a Formula 1 car. These attributes in a race car resonate very well in my brain, and I can't wait to get to Germany and start what could be a very exciting adventure.”