FIVE attempts, all unsuccessful. And the sixth attempt, he finally made it. Ravi Nair has ended Ravindra Nath's nine-year domination in the history of Fiji car racing.
Ravi won the 402-metre drag race at the Taunovo Airstrip in Deuba yesterday, stopping the clock at 10.73seconds.
He used a 20BRotary engine to power his way, beating Nath by five milliseconds to win his first race after five unsuccessful attempts. Nath clocked 10.78s and veteran Tauz Khan stopped the clock at 10.78s to finish third.
"I'm really happy with the win," Nair said. "It was not an easy journey for me to come this far.
"It took a lot of time and patience to finally win my first title. This is my sixth attempt and it's my first win."
He dedicated his win to his mum, Manooma Nair, who jetted into the country from New Zealand to watch the race.
He thanked his family and race crew for their support.
"If it was not for the support of my family and race crew, I would not have been able to win this race."
Nair said he had set his focus on defending his title during the next race.
"The win is now history for me. The challenge is there to defend the title and I'm looking forward to it."
Fiji Car Club vice-president Tauz Khan said the event was a success.
Thirty seven cars competed at the event.