Apache Attack, Round III

The TVS Apache RTR 200 One-make Cham­pi­onship is pro­gress­ing apace, with the rid­ers get­ting to terms with their ma­chines and putting up some sub­lime per­for­mances. Here’s all the ac­tion from the races

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THE TVS APACHE RTR 200 ONE-MAKE Com­pe­ti­tion is an evo­lu­tion of TVS Rac­ing’s pre­vi­ous one-make race, the TVS RTR 180 One­make Cham­pi­onship. As is clear from the name, in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion the rac­ers are bat­tling it out astride race-spec ver­sions of TVS’ flag­ship Apache RTR 200, and now, with the third round un­der way, the rid­ers have fa­mil­iarised them­selves with th­ese ma­chines. This has led to a com­pe­ti­tion that is even more in­tense in some cases, with some close-fought fin­ishes in ev­i­dence at the Madras Mo­tor Race Track (MMRT).

TVS-MMSC Apache RTR 200: Open

The six-lap Open cat­e­gory is where all the ac­tion was, even though first place was com­fort­ably cap­tured by Kan­nan Kar­nan with over three sec­onds to spare, the sec­ond spot was any­thing but a fore­gone con­clu­sion. Sri Lanka’s Jaden Gu­nawar­dena and home town boy Arvind Ganesh bat­tled it out for sec­ond spot, the for­mer clinch­ing it at the end by just over half a sec­ond — the mar­gins were that tight.

Race two saw Kar­nan con­tinue to dom­i­nate; this time around he had a much big­ger lead, too, and showed not just tal­ent but also con­sis­tent per­for­mance at a high level to mop up the race with what was close to a stag­ger­ing 14-sec­ond lead. Sec­ond place was awarded to Vivek Pil­lai, with T Ra­makr­ish­nan fol­low­ing close be­hind in third place.

TVS-MMSC Apache RTR 200: Novice

The Novice race, as is the norm, runs for only four laps, and the rid­ers made the most of those laps to try and claim vic­tory. Yashas R L was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive on the day, win­ning both races in round three with many sec­onds to spare. Kam­ran Alam also put up a good show­ing, fin­ish­ing third in back-to-back races. In race one, sec­ond place was ac­quired by Hari Prasath R, and Yu­varaj S took the plau­dits for first run­ner-up in race two. How­ever, the lat­ter in par­tic­u­lar had an ex­tremely close-fought bat­tle with Alam, who even­tu­ally fin­ished with a pal­try 0.263 sec­onds to spare.

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