APACHE AT­TACK

The 2017 TVS One Make Cham­pi­onship gets un­der way at the Kari Mo­tor Speed­way in Coim­bat­ore

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WE WERE BACK AT THE KARI MO­TOR Speed­way over the sec­ond week­end of June to wit­ness the open­ing round of the TVS One Make Cham­pi­onship. The mo­tor­cy­cle used for this race se­ries is the TVS Apache 200 4V that was in­tro­duced to the track at the be­gin­ning of the 2016 sea­son, and is the ideal tool for first-time rac­ers to cut their teeth on as they learn the nu­ances of race­craft. The race-spec ver­sion of the bike, al­though vis­ually sim­i­lar to its road-go­ing cousin, fea­tures up­graded en­gine in­ter­nals, track­bi­ased tun­ing, bet­ter breath­ing and a free-flow ex­haust, all of which have in­creased the top-end power of the bike, al­low­ing it to rev much higher than the stock bike. Young rid­ers have the op­tion to enrol them­selves to race in the Novice Class, while the more ex­pe­ri­enced ones fight for the Open Class Cham­pi­onship. So let’s get to the rac­ing.

Open Class

RACE ONE

The first Open Class race of the week­end saw last year’s Novice Class cham­pion, Yashas R L, out-rid­ing more ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers to take top honours. Push­ing right from the start, the Ben­galuru lad built up a de­cent lead as he was chased to the line by Chen­nai’s Prabhu V. Prabhu even set the fastest lap of the race (1:21.957), but was un­able to close the four-sec­ond gap sep­a­rat­ing him from the lead and had to set­tle for sec­ond place. Be­hind th­ese two, an in­tense bat­tle un­folded for the last podium spot be­tween Chen­naibased rid­ers Arun Muthukr­ish­nan and Yu­varaj S, with Yu­varaj fi­nally se­cur­ing the third place by just a tenth of a sec­ond.

RACE TWO

Sun­day’s Open Class race saw ex­pe­ri­ence tri­umph as Yashas made a mis­take and slipped down the or­der and Chen­nai’s Si­vane­san S took home an au­thor­i­ta­tive vic­tory. Cross­ing the fin­ish line just over three sec­onds be­hind the leader was Prabhu V, while Kamran Dubash from Panch­gani was able to break away from the chas­ing pack to se­cure third place and his spot on the podium.

Novice Class

RACE ONE

Satur­day’s Novice Class race saw fresh tal­ent take on es­tab­lished rid­ers from the last sea­son. Chen­nai’s Peddu Sri Har­sha proved that ex­pe­ri­ence counts by stretch­ing out a mas­sive six-sec­ond lead and win­ning the 10-lap race. Shankar Guru and Anup Ku­mar, also from Chen­nai, fin­ished in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively.

RACE TWO

The sec­ond Novice Class race of the week­end went again to Peddu Sri Har­sha, who is clearly go­ing to be the rider to look out for this sea­son. Sec­ond place went to Shankar Guru, while Chen­nai’s Alexan­der A S was able to se­cure the last spot on the podium with time to spare.

Yu­varaj (5), Prabhu (2) and Yashas (12) jos­tle for po­si­tion

Peddu Sri Har­sha dom­i­nated the Novice Class

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