In­dian Tour­ing Car (ITC)

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Race One

Race one saw the re­turn of de­fend­ing cham­pion Ar­jun Naren­dran of Arka Mo­tor­sports. Naren­dran sat out the first two rounds of the sea­son but marked his re­turn to the ITC cham­pi­onship with a hard-fought vic­tory against Ar­jun Balu of Race Con­cepts. Third place went to Ashish Ra­maswamy, also from the Arka Mo­tor­sports team and cur­rent leader on the points ta­ble.

Race Two

This was sim­ply the Ar­jun Naren­dran show. Re­verse grid meant that Naren­dran started from fourth po­si­tion and, by the time the car passed the line mark­ing the first lap, he had al­ready taken first place and seemed un­stop­pable. Ar­jun Balu, who started in third place, took a fair bit of time to get to sec­ond spot and by the time he did, Naren­dran had opened up a fair lead. Balu tried his best to hunt down Naren­dran, set­ting up what might pos­si­bly be ex­cit­ing re­main­ing laps, but, un­for­tu­nately for Balu, en­gine trou­ble forced this win­ner of both the races in the pre­vi­ous round in Coim­bat­ore, to re­tire from the race. Naren­dran coasted to a com­fort­able and easy win, fol­lowed by Ashish Ra­maswamy in a dis­tant sec­ond, and N Lee­lakr­ish­nan in third. The sec­ond-place re­sult for Ashish Ra­maswamy and Ar­jun Balu’s en­gine blow-out helped Ra­maswamy to in­crease his lead on the ITC points ta­ble.

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