Chennai: Raghul Rangasamy, hailing from the nearby temple town of Mamallapuram, emerged champion in the coveted MRF Formula 1600 category as the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Racing Championship 2018 concluded at the MMRT, on Sunday.
The title earned Rangasamy a ticket to this year’s Mazda Road To Indy shootout in the United States, a dream that the 25-year old pursued through the season.
With three podium finishes this weekend, Rangasamy, who led Goutham Parekh (Chennai) by 11 points at the start of the final round, did just enough to clinch the championship.
Rangasamy’s final tally was 182 points (two wins, seven podiums) to Parekh’s 174 (two wins, six podiums). Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee completed a double, winning Race 1 and 3, while 16-year old schoolboy from Bengaluru Yash Aradhya topped in Race 2, his second success in his debut season in this category.
Bengaluru’s 27-year old Ashish Ramaswamy (Arka Motorsports), with his seventh consecutive podium finish of the season, annexed the championship in the premium Indian Touring Cars class with a tally of 167 points, edging out Coimbatore veteran Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) by just six points.
Results (Provisional, all 8 laps):
MRF Formula 1600 (Race-2): 1. Yash Aradhya (Bengaluru) 16mins, 54.672secs; 2.Goutham Parekh (Chennai) 16:55.296; 3. Raghul Rangaswamy (Mamallapuram) 16:55.543. Race -3: 1. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) 13:35.208; 2. Parekh 13:35.776; 3. Rangasamy 13:36.359.
Champion: Raghul Rangasamy (182 points).
Indian Touring Cars (Race-2): 1. Arjun Balu (Race Concept) 15:22.974; 2. Ashish Ramaswamy (Arka Motorsport) 15:37.888; 3.D Vidya Prakash (Prime Racing) 15:38.145.
Champion: Ashish Ramaswamy (167 pts).
Turbo cars: 1. Karthick Tharani (VW Motorsport) 15:26.077; 2. Rayomand Banajee (VW Motorsport) 15:40.141; 3. Ishaan Dodhiwala (VW Motorsport) 15:49.744.