Coimbatore: Kolhapur’s Chittesh Mandody may have shifted his career gears a bit towards coaching, but the racer in him is well intact.
Chittesh showed how committed he was in his new avatar as LGB Formula 4 racer for Avalanche Racing, as he braved nose fall to win the day’s first race and then wrapped up the day with another win to make it three wins in three races over the weekend, at the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship here on Sunday.
“I just did what I could do best. I kept my cool even when I fell behind in Race 2 and also when nose of my car got knocked off during a hasty manoeuvre,” Chittesh told Sakal Times.
With the nose gone, almost everyone expected Chittesh to fall behind and even pull out at some stage as gushing air into the engine makes the car to wobble, but the Kolhapur racer threw out any such thoughts to take the top place on the podium.
First it was seasoned Kerala racer Diljith TS who led comfortably with the privateer Saran Vikram, but the two slowed down as Vishnu assumed the front seat.
Chittesh bided for his time before overtaking Vishnu, who Meco Racing car clearly lost pace with less the three laps remaining from the chequered flag.
In Race 3, Chittesh kept a steady pace with Vishnu leading for most part after this race saw two restarts after crashes in the first corner. Chittesh nailed it when he overtook Vishnu on the second corner with three laps remaining. Though Vishnu finished second, his was later handed 10 second penalty for taking a short cut.
Vishnu sweeps Euro JK 17
Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad swept the Euro JK 17races despite making a start in a reverse grid. He began at P6, behind the two drivers who were on his tail all through Saturday: Nayan Chatterjee (P5) and Anindith Reddy (P4).
That, however, didn’t deter him as he waited for his opportunity to storm past pole sitter Vikash Anand. He was unstoppable, thereafter, showing amazing pace, calm and control under pressure.
In the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, another Chennai racer Joseph Mathew was uncatchable for the second successive day. Aizawl’s Malsawmdawngliana and Lalmawipuia claimed the second and third positions.
Euro JK 17 (Race 3): 1. Vishnu Prasad (Chennai) 16 mins 23.773 secs; 2. Akash Gowda (Bengaluru) 16:24.806; 3. Vikash Anand (Chennai) 16:25.150.
Euro JK 17 (Race 4): 1. Vishnu Prasad 17:37.274; 2. Anindith Reddy (Hyderabad) 17:38.831; 3. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) 17:39.897.
LGB Formula 4:
Race 2: 1. Chittesh Mandody (Avalanche Racing, Kolhapur) 18:12.673; 2. Vishnu Prasad (Meco Racing, Chennai) 18:18.058; 3. Sandeep Kumar (Dark Don Racing, Chennai) 18:18.099.
Race 3: 1. Chittesh Mandody 18:06.472; 2. Sandeep Kumar 18:15.941; 3. Vishnu Prasad 18:20.453.
Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Race 2): 1. Joseph Mathew (Chennai) 14:27.607; 2. Malsawmdawngliana (Aizawl) 14:27.856; 3. Lalmawipuia (Aizawl) 14:28.355.
Red Bull Road to Rookie Cup (Race 2): 1. Jaden Gunawardena (Sri Lanka) 11:47.188; 2. Varooon S (Chennai) 11:50.423; 3. Lalhruaizela (Aizawl) 11:50.530.