Showdown Close at Hand
With the end of the fourth round, the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) will now head to Delhi for the final round
We landed at Kari for the penultimate round of the JK Tyre FMSCI NRC. Before the weekend began, Vishnu Prasad led the Euro JK 17 class with 64 points with Anindith Reddy only a point behind him.
In the smaller LGB Formula 4 class, Chittesh Mandody and Vishnu Prasad were equally matched at 42 points. A mistake on the part of either of them could make all the difference for the other. Now, on to the drama.
Euro JK 17 Race One
The first race on Saturday saw Anindith Reddy (Hyderabad) start from pole. With Vishnu Prasad (Tamil Nadu) out of the race by the end of the first lap, Ricky Capo (Australia) filled the void left by him. Ricky claimed top honours, closely followed by Anindith, who also set the best lap of the race at 1:01.428. However, Anindith incurred a 10-second penalty for overtaking while the yellow flag was shown and lost his second place t o Akash Gowda (Karnataka). Third place was taken by Nayan S Chatterjee (Maharashtra).
The second race was flagged off from a reverse grid based on the results of the previous race. Nirmal Uma Shankar (Tamil Nadu) started at pole and lost his place at the front to Anindith almost immediately. A careless mistake towards the end of the race saw him lose the fight for the podium a s well. Anindith crossed the line first, far ahead of his competition. H e was declared the race winner even after he was penalised 10 seconds for a false start. Akash claimed another second place for the day while Ashwin fought off all the challengers and held on to his third position from start to finish.
The grid for the first race on Sunday was arranged according to the second-best lap-times from qualifying. This race turned out to be uneventful and devoid of drama as compared to those on the previous day. Anindith and Vishnu eventually split away from the rest of the group and fought for the first spot right until the finish. Anindith won that fight and took the top step, followed by Vishnu in second. Ricky made a move for third spot early in the race and defended it until the end.
Due to a reverse-grid setup till sixth place, Vikash Anand (Tamil Nadu) started from pole. Vishnu and Anindith made quick work of the race leaders and established themselves at the front. Vishnu drove a brilliant 15 laps and claimed first place, leaving Anindith to settle for second this time. Akash arrived almost seven seconds after Vishnu and laid claim to the last step on the podium. Anindith remained the fastest on the track at the end of the weekend. He consistently set the best lap for each race.
At the end of the third round, Anindith emerged the new leader of the championship with 96 points. He is followed by Vishnu and Nayan with 82 and 73 points respectively.
( Top) Ricky fought his way to the top in the first race ( Above) Anindith won two out of four races that weekend
Vishnu stole the win from Anindith in the final race