Racer Ashwin Sundar, wife charrred to death in BMW auto mishap

Ashwin Sundar

Sundar was a rising star in the auto racing industry, winning the National F4 championships in 2012 and 2013.

According to sources in Chennai Police, the racer's over-speeding led to the crash and the subseuqent fire in the auto. It took about half-an-hour to douse the fire completely. The accident was recorded by witnesses, one even live-streamed it on Facebook, but they said they could not approach the auto because it had caught fire and was intermittently exploding.

Chennai-born former racer and the Chief of Federation of Motor Clubs of India (FMSCI), Akbar Ebrahim, in his condolence message said Sundar was a racer who excelled in all formats of motor sport.

In the impact, the vehicle caught fire, leading to the couple's death.

Sundars wife was doctor in a private hospital.

In 2006, Ashwin was adjudged Champion of Champions in India after won the 115cc 4-stroke and 150cc 4-stroke titles and named the Champion of Champions. "May his and his wife's souls rest in peace".

In 2007, Sundar became the Indian champion in the Formula Hyundai and Formula Swift categories, the first driver to win both titles in the same season.

After the fire was put out, the police broke open the vehicle and took the bodies out which were then sent to Royapettah Government Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The couple were identified with the help of the registration plate. The couple, who lived in Alapakkam near Porur, were visiting a friend at MRC Nagar in Raja Annamalaipuram.

Ashwin was 27-year-old. He started racing at the age of 14. "We never advise customers to do modifications", he said.

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