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

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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).

Race Two

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.

Race Three

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.

Race Four

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

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