Arjun Narendran ends Deepak Paul Chinnappa’s wining streak in Indian Touring Cars category.
Sriperumbudur: Sandeep Kumar drove a daring race in the MRF FF1600 to deny the championship leader Anandith Reddy a hat-trick as the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship Round 3 came to a thrilling end at the Madras Motor Sports Race Track here on Sunday.
Anindith finished the weekend on a high by chalking up his second win in the MRF FF1600 triple-header as Chennai’s Sandeep Kumar added spice to the championship race with two rounds remaining.
Both the MRF FF1600 races on Sunday dished out an exciting fare as Sandeep Kumar shrugged off a bad start following wheel-spin and recovered well to take a jump on the front-runners Chetan Korada and Saturday’s winner Reddy, in the very first lap before nursing the lead to the finish.
In the next race, the third of the weekend in this class, it was Reddy’s turn to fight his way through the pack and survive a spin after coming into contact with race leader Korada, who thus dropped out of contention, while Sandeep came in second with Kolkata schoolboy Arya Singh finishing third.
“It was a good weekend overall, but it wasn’t clear-cut as the results would suggest. I am happy to come away with two wins and a podium,” said Anindith, who has four wins in seven outings which put him firmly in front in the championship the winner of which earns a chance to compete in the Road To Indy shootout in the United States later this year.
Narendran wins in ITC
Coimbatore-based defending champion of the premier Indian Touring Cars, Arjun Narendran of Red Rooster Performance, scored his first victory this season, to end the four-in-a-row win-streak of Bengaluru’s Deepak Paul Chinnappa of Race Concepts.
In both the ITC races, especially the duel between Narendran and Chinnappa were as close as they could get with little separating the two.
In the day’s first race, Chinnappa, starting third on the reverse grid, had the measure of Narendran for his fourth win in a row. However, in the next race, pole-sitter Narendran enjoyed his best outing of the weekend to pip Chinnappa by a mere half-a-car length in a thrilling finish.
“Yes, I am absolutely relieved to score my first win in nearly a year. My last win was in August of 2016 and hopefully, this victory will turn my luck over the next couple of rounds. I had a tough time staying ahead of Deepak,” said Narendran.
Earlier, Yash Aradhya of Momentum Motorsports, a ninth standard student of Bishop Cotton’s School, drove a well-judged race to claim top honours in both Formula LGB 1300 and the Rookie categories.
(Provisional , all 8 laps unless mentioned):
Race 2: 1. Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) 13 mins, 47.962 secs; 2. Anindith Reddy (Hyderabad) 13:48.564; 3. Chetan Korada (Chennai) 13:55.975.
Race 3: 1. Anindith Reddy 14:00.875; 2. Sandeep Kumar 14:02.022; 3. Arya Singh (Kolkata) 14:05.415.
Indian Touring Cars:
Race 2: 1. Deepak Paul Chinnappa (Race Concepts) 15:37.529; 2. Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Performance) 15:38.209; 3. V Nikanthram (Red Rooster Performance) 16:14.611.
Race 3: 1. Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Performance) 15:34.638; 2. Deepak Paul Chinnappa (Race Concepts) 15:34.769; 3. B Vijayakumar (Prime Racing) 16:07.988.
Formula LGB 1300:
Race 2: 1. Yash Aradhya (Bengaluru, Momentum) 15:17.864; 2. Arya Singh (Kolkata, DTS Racing) 15:18.316; 3. Rupesh Sivakumar (Salem, DTS Racing) 15:31.142.
Rookie: 1. Yash Aradhya 15:17.864; 2. Arya Singh 15:18.316; 3. Bala Prasath A (Coimbatore, DTS) 15:46.420.