Sriperumbudur: Anindith Reddy warmed up nicely for this weekend’s races by emerging the quickest in both the free practice sessions of the MRF FF1600, but the real action was in the Student Cup that comprised three races with Kolkata’s Arya Singh being given tough fight by Pune’s Aanjan Patodia, in the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship at the MMRT track here on Friday.
Riding for Momentum Motorsports, Pune boy Aanjan won the Race 1 before the 16-year-old Arya Singh clinched the next two races and the Student Cup (Formula 1300).
The day undoubtedly belonged to Arya, a 11th standard Commerce student of Heritage School, Kolkata.
After finishing third in the first of the three races in the Student Cup class, Arya, in just his second full season, put in impressive drives to win the next two of the triple-header.
In the day’s last event that was run on a combined grid, Mumbai’s Kamlesh Parmar (Indian Junior Touring Cars) and Anant Pithawalla (Esteem Cup), both of Team N1, and Bengaluru’s Varun Anekar (Super Stock) of Race Concepts won in their categories.
Championship leader in the MRF FF1600 class, Reddy, 27, was clearly ahead of the pack as he put in a series of consistently quick laps in the two free practice sessions, but expected a tough fight in the double-header this weekend.
“I had a really good run in the morning when the track conditions were excellent. In the afternoon, the track was quite hot and I was off the morning pace. Anyway, we still have the qualifying tomorrow and two races. There is not much difference between the top three and it will boil down to who strings together a few good laps,” said Anindith.
The winner of the MRF FF1600 championship earns a berth in the Road To Indy shootout in the United States, provided the qualifier is under 25 years of age. “I guess, I will not be eligible for the shootout even if I win the championship,” Anindith pointed out.
Results: (All 8 laps unless mentioned):
Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race 1): 1. Kamlesh Parmar (Team N1) 19mins, 52.565 secs; 2. Prabhu AS (Red Rooster Performance) 19:57.069; 3. Mikhail Merchant (Team Game Over) 20:14.408.
Super Stock (Race 1): 1. Varun Anekar (Race Concepts) 19:18.592; 2. RP Rajarajan (Performance Racing) 19:31.053; 3. Deepak Ravikumar (Quickshift Racing) 19:37.032.
Esteem Cup (Race 1): 1. Anant Pithawalla (Team N1) 19:15.634; 2. Charan Chandran (Red Rooster Performance) 19:15.817; 3. Sudanand Rajan (Red Rooster Performance) 19:22.041.
Student Cup (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. Aanjan Patodia (Pune, Momentum Motorsports) 8: 16.251; 2. Arya Singh (Kolkata, DTS Racing) 8:16.362; 3. Rithvik Thomas (Bengaluru, Wallace Sports) 8:17.064.
Race 2: 1. Arya Singh 9:11.388; 2. Aanjan Patodia 9:21.109; 3. Rithvik Thomas 9:22.361.
Race 3: 1. Arya Singh 9:25.868; 2. Bala Prasath (Coimbatore, DTS Racing) 9:27.129; 3. Rithvik Thomas 9:28.836.
Qualifying (Indian Touring Cars): 1. Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Racing) 1:54.365; 2. Deepak Paul Chinnappa (Race Concepts) 1:55.023; 3. C Rajaram (Performance Racing) 1:57.724.
Volkswagen Ameo Cup: 1. Devin Robertson (South Africa) 1:54.150; 2. A Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) 1:55.252; 3. Karminder Singh (Delhi) 1:55.268.