Karun Chandhok has targeted a move to the World Series by Renault or the Champ Car Atlantic Championships after sealing the inaugural Formula Renault V6 Asia title with three wins from four races at Zhuhai.
Chandhok and his E-Rain team have arguably been the prominent force in this season's championship but frustrating reliability problems early on in the season had made the title winner unknown until the final race at Zhuhai.
However, the Indian driver dominated qualifying before sweeping to victory from Matt Halliday in the first, second and third races, and although his engine failed on the first lap of the fourth and final race of the season, the title was already his.
"The car was brilliant but I just kept thinking back to the mechanical failures we had earlier in the year so it was quite a nervous race," he said.
"I was able to control the pace well and to win the Championship with a race to go is the best Diwali present I could think of for team, my sponsors JK Tyre, S & N and Amaron, my family as well as everyone from the media who have been great this year. Now we can relax and just enjoy the last race of the year this afternoon."
Having beaten off stern competition including Ananda Mikola and Halliday, Chandhok is eager to start re-inventing his career in either Europe and the United States after a couple of stunted seasons competing in the Renault World Series and its Nissan forerunner.
"This year has been really enjoyable for me. After a difficult season in 2005 I came into this series to win and use it as a platform to move on to the World Series in Europe or the Champcar Atlantic Series in America. To have won seven races and also the Championship against quality drivers like Halliday and Ananda is just the perfect way for me to remind people that I can still drive quickly."
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