The fast and the fabulous: Avik Anwar, Bangladesh’s first int’l racing winner

As the first Bangladeshi racer to win an international motorsports event, Avik Anwar created history by winning the UAE Pro Championship GT86 Class this year

As the first Bangladeshi racer to win an international motorsports event, Avik Anwar created history by winning the UAE Pro Championship GT86 Class this year. This was yet another international success for Avik, along with his wins in India, Malaysia & UAE. In an exclusive interview, Dhaka Tribune caught up with Avik to find out more about his exhilarating experience.

How did it feel to make history for Bangladesh?  

It was an incredible feeling, because it is the first time someone from Bangladesh Qualified P1 for races, previously it was me again in P3. In addition, it was the first time anybody from Bangladesh raced in an FIA approved event in UAE and won it on their first try. Making history is never easy but when you are passionate about something, you put your heart and soul into it. Furthermore, this victory has inspired me to strive even harder in the future. The world is my oyster. 

Is there an untapped potential for motor sports in Bangladesh?

I would say there definitely is an untapped potential for this sports in Bangladesh. We have fast drivers- talented ones and charismatic ones. Unfortunately, we do not have the infrastructure for training them or the necessary aid from big companies or the government. Nonetheless, I hope and believe the opportunities for motor sports enthusiasts will grow in our country.


Also Read – Avik wins in UAE, dedicates success to Tamim


What got you into motor sports?

 I used to watch Formula 1 races from a very young age, and have always been an avid fan. Back in 1997 when Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen would fight for the title, from then and there onwards I knew I would become a race car driver and bring glory for Bangladesh. It was not an easy journey to reach where I have reached. It was a culmination of many years of hard work, patience, and financial expenditure, but these victories coming my way really makes all the effort worth it.

What would you tell aspiring drivers in Bangladesh?

 I would suggest that aspiring drivers of Bangladesh focus on getting a simulator first and practice racing online. That would help build their skills. Eventually, they should try to save up to participate in small tournaments and see their potential from there on out.

Tell us about your dreams for the future.

The dream is to put the flag of Bangladesh in the racing scene all around the world and bring glory for our nation in this sport. Every time I get on the podium and other drivers see me, they are surprised. It gives me immense pride and joy to win these accolades for my country. I cried out “Joy Bangla” and “Bangladesh” out of sheer joy and pride as soon as I had completed the race, and I hope to make my country proud many more times in future. 

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