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Nathan Kumar: From the Suburbs to the World Stage   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 8/05/2020 at 10:18:41 AM 
5 Years ago Sydney racer Nathan Kumar hadn’t done much more than street car drifting, but after 3 years in Australian Formula 3 learning and fine-tuning his race craft Kumar is set to take on some of the worlds best drivers in the Asian Le Mans LMP2 Series.

After a humble upbringing in the Sydney suburbs, Kumar found himself in the R-Tek Motorsport stable under the guidance of the most experienced man in Australian Formula 3, Ian Richards. “That one call to Ian changed everything, rather than laugh me off and refer me elsewhere he took me seriously and gave me a chance.”

Kumar’s improvement was significant through his first season in 2015 where he finished 2nd in the National Class just 15 points ahead of his teammate Dennie Rumble. In 2016 against much tough opposition Kumar again finish 2nd, though this time more convincingly.
Team boss Richards has nothing but praise for Kumar’s progression. “Nathan was one of the more dedicated drivers we have had, he worked relentlessly on improving himself as a driver and as a person.” In 2017 Kumar stepped up into the Championship Class and was competitive immediately, after 9 podiums for the season it was an outright 3rd place in the Championship.

Kumar has since spent some time with renowned driver coach and Australian Formula 3 Gold Star Champion James Winslow, who has been instrumental in Kumar’s graduation to endurance sportscar racing and now the Asian Le Mans LMP2 Series.
“Australian Formula 3 has been instrumental in learning how to drive a real race car with power and aero and how to fine tune my race-craft.” Kumar praised. “I can confidently say if it weren’t for my time with the category, the team, the competitors, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Kumar has also done some driver coaching himself, passing on what he has learnt.

Kumar in action at Silverstone in the UK
Kumar in action at Silverstone in the UK

The 2020 Asian Le Mans Series, like most series around the world are currently in a holding pattern due to Covid-19. “I really can’t wait to get back into a racecar.” Kumar added.

Organisers of the Australian Formula 3 Championship are still hopeful of getting in a 2020 Championship in the second half of the year.


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