Coimbatore: Skipping one season has made no difference to Vishnu Prasad’s control over the FB02 engines as Chennai driver showed in style by scorching the Kari Motor Speedway to complete a grand double in Euro JK 17 category, in the opening round of the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship here on Saturday.
Vishnu virtually stepped in and out of different cockpits—taking part in both LGB Formula 4 and Euro JK 17 Series—and won top place on podium in the premium class.
The multi-faceted driver, who has won across much of the four-wheel track racing from karting to one-make touring cars and the single seaters, Vishnu was in his elements on the first day of the season. He was in the LGB Formula 4 category too and almost made it to the podium, but was pushed behind during an interesting duel back on the track midway through the race. Diljith took the podium ahead of Saran Vikram in the part two of the race that was necessitated after a horrible crash had brought the race to halt after --- laps.
The re-computation of results in LGB Formula 4 saw Vishnu Prasad, driving for Meco Racing, taking the No 3 position on the podium by pushing Diljith TS of Dark Don Racing out of the top 3.
Vishnu, the defending LGB4 champion, who began at P4 after a few qualifying concerns, came up with a stunning opening lap in Race 1 of Euro JK 17. He stormed past the three cars ahead of him and held on to that advantage all through the race.
In Race 2, he took full advantage of his pole position to ward off the stiff challenges that were brewing behind him for a grand double.
Defending champion Anindith Reddy recorded the fastest lap of the day, but the Hyderabad driver had to settle for second position in Race 1 and though he was quicker in Race 2, Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee nudged ahead of him.
Nayan had a brilliant qualifier and took the pole but yielded ground to Vishnu and Anindith in Race 1 before he pulled himself up to take the runners-up slot in Race 2.
The two foreigners in fray, Paolo Ippolito from Italy and Ricky Capo from Australia, showed good pace to make a good early impression. Ippolito finished fifth and seventh while Capo took the eighth place in the second.
Mandody wins LGB4
Chittesh Mandody of Avalanche Racing rode a calm and controlled race to win the opening LGB Formula 4 race. The Kolhapur driver took the pole in the morning and also recorded the fastest lap, taking just 1:11.097 minutes in the twelfth lap.
The JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup turned out to be an exciting affair, with as many as 22 riders, who were handpicked from selection rounds around the country, lining up just after lunch. Chennai’s Joseph Mathew took the first position while Mumbai’s Sanjeev Mhatre and Lalmawipuia of Aizawl took the other two podium places.
Euro JK 17 (Race 1): 1. Vishnu Prasad (Chennai) 15 mins 44.956 secs; 2. Anindith Reddy (Hyderabad) 15:45.456; 3. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) 15:47.081.
Euro JK 17 (Race 2): 1. Vishnu Prasad 15:27.871; 2. Nayan Chatterjee 15:33.902; 3. Anindith Reddy 15:34.349.
LGB Formula 4 (Race 1): 1. Chittesh Mandody (Avalanche Racing, Kolhapur) 18:58.187; 2. Saran Vikram (Chennai) 18:58.858 ; 3. Vishnu Prasad (Meco Racing, Chennai) 19:04.752.
Gixxer Cup: 1. Joseph Mathew (Chennai) 16:12.706; 2. Sanjeev Mhatre (Mumbai) 16:15.402; 3. Lalmawipuia (Aizawl) 16:19.831.
Road to Rookie Cup: 1. Jaden Gunawardena (Sri Lanka) 12:27.423; 2. Lalhruaizela (Aizawl) 12:36.345; 3. Lalnunsanga (Aizawl) 12:46.451.