Pune: Sohil Shah, a 17-year old schoolboy from Bengaluru, scripted a fairytale finish to his debut season by emerging champion in the highly competitive Formula LGB 1300 category in the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Racing Championship at the MMRT on Saturday.
Joining Sohil as a National champion was Prabhu AS (Arka Motorsports) from Namakkal who took the title in the Indian Junior Touring Cars class. In the decisive final race, Prabhu finished second behind his title rival Chrys D’Souza (Unimek Racing) from Goa, but the latter was docked a 30-second penalty ‘for causing collision’ which pushed him to third while Surat’s Nikunj Vagh (Team N1) was elevated to the second spot. Prabhu finished the championship with 103.5 points to D’Souza’s 95.5.
Meanwhile, Raghul Rangasamy moved a step closer to his dream of winning the MRF F1600 championship as he finished second behind Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee and took his tally of points to 152 which put him 14 clear of Goutham Parekh who finished third.
The MRF F1600 race saw Chatterjee off to a good start and gradually pulling away from the chasing pack.
The results (Provisional):
MRF F1600 (Race-1): 1. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) 13mins, 33.003secs; 2. Raghul Rangasamy (Mamallapuram) 13:36.349; 3. Goutham Parekh (Chennai) 13:39.932.
Formula LGB 1300 (Race-2): 1. A Balaprasath (DTS Racing) 15:41.318); 2. Sohil Shah (M Sport) (15:42.943); 3. S Ashwin Datta (Momentum Motorsports) (15:43.479). Champion: Sohil Shah (154 points).
Indian Touring Cars (Race-1): 1. Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) 15mins, 12.890secs; 2. Ashish Ramaswamy (Arka Motorsports) 15:35.313; 3. Arjun Narendran (Arka Motorsports) 15:35.990.
Turbo: 1. Karthick Tharani (VW Motorsport) 15mins, 37.110; 2. Rayomand Banajee (VW Motorsport) 15:48.091; 3. Ishaan Dodhiwala (VW Motorsport) 15:50.365.
Super Stock (Race-2): 1. Srinivas Teja (Performance Racing) 16mins, 53.173secs; 2. Deepak Ravikumar (Infinite Piston) 17:10.342; 3. Kasha Sai (Arka Motorsports) 17:12.346. Champion: Srinivas Teja (118.5 points).
Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race-2): 1. Prabhu AS (Arka Motorsports) 17mins, 27.309secs; 2. Nikunj Vagh (Team N1) 17:38.045; 3. Chrys D’Souza (Unimek Racing) 17:43.479. Champion: Prabhu AS (103.5 points).
Esteem Cup (Race-2): 1. Raghul Rangasamy (Performance Racing) 16mins, 50.288secs; 2. Jagadeesh Raj (Arka Motorsports) 17:03.421; 3. Lea Daran (Performance Racing) 18:59.539. Champion: Raghul Rangasamy (118 points).
Qualifying: Formula 4 South-East Asia Championship: 1. Alessandro Ghiretti (France) 01min, 37.757secs; 2. Muizz Musyaffa (Malaysia) 01:38.039; 3. Kane Shepherd (UK) 01:38.041.
Caterham 7 Asia Zonal Championship: 1. B Vijayakumar (Coimbatore) 01min, 54.589secs; 2. Vicky Chandhok (Chennai) 01:54.975; 3. MR Dastur (Chennai) 01:56.275.