In­dian Tour­ing Cars (ITC)

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Race One

The qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion of the In­dian Tour­ing Cars was in­cred­i­bly close with Deepak Paul Chin­nappa of Ben­galuru (Race Con­cept) lead­ing the cham­pi­onship, post­ing a time of 1:53.068. In se­cond place was de­fend­ing cham­pion Ar­jun Naren­dran of Coim­bat­ore (Red Rooster Per­for­mance) just 0.064 sec­onds be­hind. The race saw Deepak mount a lead with Ar­jun drop­ping down into third for most of the race. Ashish Ra­maswamy of Ben­galuru (Red Rooster Per­for­mance) was run­ning in se­cond, but a brake fail­ure on lap six for Deepak and a mis­take by Ashish on the last lap meant Ar­jun claimed first spot, with Deepak hav­ing to set­tle for sev­enth and Ashish stick­ing to se­cond. The last spot on the podium was taken by D Vidya Prakash of Coim­bat­ore (Prime Rac­ing).

Race Two

The fi­nal race of the sea­son was a nail-biter with Ar­jun Naren­dran tak­ing the lead in the cham­pi­onship from Deepak Paul Chin­nappa by 12 points, and with the ti­tle on the line be­tween both rac­ers it was sure to be ex­cit­ing. Ar­jun needed to fin­ish third to en­sure that he de­fended his ti­tle but he did much bet­ter, tak­ing the lead by the se­cond lap and push­ing on into the dis­tance. Deepak had a lot to do hav­ing started in sev­enth for the last race and get­ting stuck in traf­fic didn’t help him much, but a spin meant he had to set­tle for fourth in the race. Ar­jun Naren­dran drove flaw­lessly through­out and was crowned na­tional cham­pion, Ashish Ra­maswamy claimed se­cond and D Vidya Prakash took third to com­plete the top three.

( Be­low) Ar­jun Naren­dran drove flaw­lessly through­out to re­tain the ITC cham­pi­onship

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