Joseph’s Win­ning Streak Bro­ken

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WITH THE END OF this week­end, there is only one more round left to de­cide a cham­pion. In this closely-con­tested cat­e­gory, Joseph has con­tin­ued to main­tain a healthy lead but, as wit­nessed ear­lier, his com­pe­ti­tion is not go­ing to let him run away with­out a fight. Let’s take a look at what th­ese rac­ers have been up to.


The favourite for the week­end, Joseph Mathew (Chen­nai), started from pole po­si­tion. Be­hind him, Syed Muza­m­mil Ali (Ben­galuru) and Lal­maw­ipuia (Aizawl) revved their en­gines in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively as they waited for the lights to go out. Joseph was ousted from the front al­most im­me­di­ately by Syed. For the fol­low­ing three laps, Syed and Joseph fought it out at the front un­til they were joined by Mal­sawm­dawngliana (Aizawl) who promptly took the lead and held on to it un­til the last lap. With just one lap to go, Joseph pulled a move out of nowhere and passed Mal­sawm­dawngliana, fin­ish­ing just one-hun­dredth of a sec­ond ahead of the racer from Aizawl. With this win Joseph has extended his win­ning streak to five in a row. By the end of the race, Lal­maw­ipuia had fallen be­hind the duo at the front and had to set­tle for third place.


The grid for the sec­ond race was ar­ranged ac­cord­ing to the win­ners from the pre­vi­ous day. Con­trary to his usual ex­hi­bi­tion of bril­liance, Joseph made a few mis­takes dur­ing the course of the race and strug­gled to re­cover lost time. In such a closely-con­tested event, even Joseph’s level of ex­pe­ri­ence and tal­ent proved in­suf­fi­cient to get him back to the top. Mal­sawm­dawngliana made quick work of pass­ing Joseph and built up a com­mend­able lead. Soon he was joined by Sachin Chaud­hary (Ahmedabad) and both of them were en­gaged in a fight for the top spot. Spec­ta­tors watched with bated breath as the duo pulled out all the stops to se­cure the win. In the end, Mal­sawm­dawngliana de­fended his po­si­tion down the main straight and stayed a step ahead of Sachin to cross the fin­ish line first. Joseph ar­rived more than two sec­onds later as the fi­nal man on the podium.

At the end of round three, Joseph leads the cham­pi­onship with 56 points. Mal­sawm­dawngliana and Lal­maw­ipuia are at 39 and 31 points re­spec­tively. Go­ing into the fi­nal round in Delhi, it looks like Mal­sawm­dawngliana is the only one close enough to chal­lenge Joseph.

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