Indian motor sport
Gixxer Cup racers land at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) for the final round
After laying rubber on Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore, for the past three rounds, it was time for the gixxer Cup folk to head to biC for the showdown. going into the final round, Joseph Matthew was at the top of the table with 56 points. next in line was Malsawmdawngliana with 39 points posing no serious threat to the leader. although Joseph was leading by a huge margin, the others did not slacken the pace.
Joseph clinched pole position beating Sachin Chaudhary’s best attempt by less than half a second. When the lights went out, the leading men took off, leaving the rest of the grid flummoxed. as the race progressed it was clear that Joseph and Sachin had only each other to worry about. throughout the race, the duo swapped positions, locked in a close fight, but victory awaited Sachin. Joseph crossed the line a mere three-tenths of a second behind him for second place. almost 15 seconds behind the duo, Sanjeev Mhatre was the last man on the podium. Joseph set the fastest lap of the race at 2:53.362.
the next day, riders returned to the track for the final race of the gixxer Cup. Similar to the previous race, a pack of riders managed to separate themselves from the rest of the competitors by a considerable margin. Sachin appeared to be at his absolute best as he fought with Joseph and Sanjeev. in the later half of the race, Joseph crashed due to an error. although he picked up the motorcycle and rejoined the race, Sachin and Sanjeev were long gone. at the end of the six-lap race, Sachin crossed the line first with a comfortable three-second lead over Sanjeev. lalmawipuia finished in a lonely third place.
When the points were tallied postrace, Joseph was officially declared the champion of the 2017 gixxer Cup with a 15-point lead over first runner-up, Sachin.
Joseph with his trophy
Sachin (03) was at his best for both races