Our coverage of the fifth and final round of the 2017 TVS One Make Race Championship
The fifth and final round of this year’s tVs one make race Championship was held across two weekends, with the open Class races taking place from the 15th to 17th of september alongside the asia road racing Championship and the novice Class races taking place the following weekend. For easy reading we have combined the two weekends’ proceedings below.
Open Class RACE ONE
the top three places in the first open Class race were all taken by Chennai boys at their home circuit. arun muthukrishnan rode a perfect race right off the line to win the 10-lap race on sunday, crossing the line barely half a second ahead of anand Kumar in second place. Championship leader sivanesan s finished in third, but had gathered enough points already to have the championship in the bag with one race remaining.
sunday’s open Class race saw sivanesan s stamp his authority on the championship by winning the race he didn’t even have to run to be crowned champion. arun muthukrishnan
finished a close second, while Bengaluru’s Yashas r l crossed the line in third place, just seven thousandths of a second behind arun.
with a staggering 204 points in the bag as the season came to a close, sivanesan was crowned tVs one make Champion in the open Class, while Prabhu V’s fifth place on saturday and fourth place on sunday earned him enough points to bring his total to 124 for a well-deserved second place in the championship standings. Yashas r l has been performing extremely well throughout the year and his 114 points earned him third place in the championship.
Novice Class RACE ONE
the novice Class championship was a much closer battle than the open Class, with the winner only decided once the final race was run. anup Kumar has been getting stronger and faster all season, and he rode a perfect six laps on saturday, just about keeping ahead of G Balaji. at the line there was just threetenths of a second separating these two, with anup taking the victory. this brought him within three points of the championship lead with 150 points, while his closest rival in the standings, Peddu sri harsha, finished in fifth place and was at 153 points. third place in the race was taken by shankar Guru who, at 143 points, was also third in the championship.
the final race in the novice Class Championship was won by neyveli’s K B rajkamal, but the happiest man of the day was anup Kumar who finished second and earned 18 points, putting him at the top of the championship standings. Chennai’s Yashwin Kumar rode a fine race to finish in third place.
Peddu sri harsha earned 10 points for a fifth-place finish, bringing his grand total to 163, just five points shy of anup’s 168, while shankar Guru failed to finish the race, but still secured third place in the championship with his 142 points.
we hope to see these young racers go from strength to strength in the coming seasons, giving the crowds something to cheer about.
Yashas (8) tries to make his way past Sivanesan (6)
Arun Muthukrishnan (2) about to steal the lead from Anand Kumar (5) on Saturday’s race
Anup Kumar (4) stretches his lead over G Balaji (13) Shankar Guru (5) and K B Rajkamal (8) on Saturday’s race