Coimbatore: Ashwin Datta may have been a late starter to be a racing driver and without any karting experience to show for but this Chennai-born youngster drove flawlessly on the Kari Motor Speedway as if the Coimbatore track was his backyard.
Racing in two different classes that required better understanding of braking points and racing lines, Ashwin made his presence count winning all three races of MRF F1600 class over the weekend. He had won Race 1 on Saturday and added two titles on Sunday and literally made it ‘triple sundae’ feast by winning Race 2 of Formula LGB 1300, as the second round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Racing Championship concluded here on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Ashwin was making his debut in the MRF F1600 and was off to a great start as he made three places in the very first lap before an incident brought out the Safety Car.
“The wins are unbelievable. My progression in the past couple of seasons has been mainly due to my initial training at Meco Motorsports and later at Momentum Motorsports who nurtured me,” said the 6ft, 2in tall Ashwin, who dropped his weight from 94-kg to 72-kg in two months to get fit for the races.
Balu continues dream run
The 43-year-old Arjun Balu marked his return to racing after a five-year break by dominating the premier Indian Touring Cars class where he won both the races in imperious style.
For Balu, it was a memorable comeback this weekend. Watched by his family, he started the race from fourth on the reverse grid, but quickly moved to second as the pack braked into Turn-1.
Results (all 15 laps unless stated):
MRF Formula 1600: Race 2: 1. Ashwin Datta (Chennai) 17mins, 20.586secs; 2. Yash Aradhya (Bengaluru) 17:23.803; 3. Nabil Hussain (Chennai) 17:24.995.
Race 3: 1. Ashwin Datta 20:00.619; 2. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) 20:03.107; 3. Raghul Rangasamy (Mamallapuram) 20:04.163.
Indian Touring Cars (Race 2): 1. Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) 21:00.044; 2. Ashish Ramaswamy (Arka Motorsports) 21:06.030; 3. B Vijaya Kumar 21:09.814.
Super Stock (Race 2): 1. Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts) 19:00.180; 2. Deepak Ravikumar (Infinite Piston) 19:07.638; 3. K Srinivas Teja (Performance Racing) 19:18.869.
Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race 2): 1. Mikhail Merchant (Team Game Over) 20:08.939; 2. Kamlesh Parmar (Team N1) 20:14.901; 3. Prabhu AS (ARKA Motorsports) 19:15.470.
Esteem Cup (Race 2): 1. Raghul Ramasamy (Performance Racing) 19:33.803; 2. Vinod S (Team N1) 19:39.926.
Formula LGB 1300 (Race 3): 1. Nabil Hussain (MSport) 17:25.704; 2. Ashwin Datta (Momentum Motorsports) 17:32.692; 3. Sohil Shah (MSport) 17:32.936.