Silverstone, November 26 (UNI) Karun Chandhok has become the first Indian driver to be invited to join the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC).
The BRDC is the world's most elite and prestigious club with the members including the only a select few International drivers from outside of Britain.
Chandhok was delighted to receive the invitation and said, ''To be a member of the BRDC is our racing equivalent of becoming a member of the MCC at Lords in Cricket or The All England Lawn Tennis club at Wimbledon,'' Chandhok said.
''I feel very proud to be the first person from my country to join the BRDC. Racing in the UK has been a huge part of my life and my career and it's a great feeling to be recognised by the people over here.
''The BRDC is based at Silverstone which is pretty much my home circuit until we get the Indian Grand Prix in 2011. I used to work here at the racing school during my F3 days and got to know more about the BRDC and appreciate how important and exclusive membership to the club is,'' he added.
The entry criteria to the BRDC remains very strict with full membership offered only to those people who have attained international success over a number of seasons.
The Club was inaugurated early in 1928, with 25 members and a clear set of objectives. The current president of the BRDC is the 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill.
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