A kid born into an ordinary middle-class household in any small town or village of India hardly ever dreams of becoming a champion in any kind of motor racing event and if you are from the Northeast, the chances are even lower because of the inadequate infrastructure for motor sports. But Alex Bora from Assam’s Dibrugarh district has brought about a turnaround with his participation in Formula 4 races and is now all set to up the ante in car and bike racing.
Tell us a little about your childhood.
I come from a simple middle class family in Tinsukia. I was born in Arunachal Pradesh and did some part of my schooling there; I attended high school at a boarding school in Tinsukia.
When and how did your interest in racing take root?
I always had a craze for speed even in my childhood. I exactly don’t know when and how my interest in racing was formed but you can say it was always in my DNA as I was very thrilled about speed from a very young age.
When did you finally decide to race professionally?
I started driving cars and riding bikes at the age of 8 and 12 respectively. I was more thrilled to ride bikes but there was no scope in the Northeast for racing bikes. Once I was done with my 12th, I went to Bangalore and initially got trained in bikes but in Bangalore too, there were no racing tracks, so I started with illegal street racing . It was a whole new experience because it was too risky but I didn’t care. In the process, I lost many races and had many crashes but gave me the much needed experience; I said goodbye to street racing as it was illegal.
Then, I decided to dive full fledge into motorsports. I started with Go-karting at E-Zone and Grips karting track in Bangalore and also participated in some races. In the year 2014, Volkswagen motorsport conducted a driver selection program, from hundreds of entries, 23 drivers were shortlisted for the final selection and only 12 drivers were selected to participate at a national level race and I was the only one to get selected from the Northeast. That was my first professional race.
Who is your inspiration from the racing profession?
James Hunt and Ayrton Senna
Where are you in your career now?
Well, I am driving FORMULA 4 and ROTAX senior max Go kart for 2015-16 season. Now, I also have started to race in motor bikes.
How can the youngsters of our region opt for a career in racing? What procedures will they have to follow?
For the youngsters, I would suggest to start with Go karting. It is the initial stage of racing. They have to attend the training programs and once they are eligible, they can participate in national racing series.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
If everything goes well, I see myself in international racing series. And if possible, I also want to open a racing track for training in Guwahati and if everything goes according to plan, it will be ready by this year end.