Pa­to­dia leads IndiKart­ing c’ship

Evo India - - MOTOR SPORT - Words by: Je­han Adil Darukhanawala

JJK TYRE HAS pro­duced In­dia’s best rac­ing tal­ents and with the IndiKart­ing Championship they in­tend to un­earth tal­ents who would be nur­tured sim­i­larly from kart­ing level on­wards, as they have done in the past. With Ray­omand Bana­jee and Rayo Rac­ing at the helm of organisation, the se­ries has be­come a hot prospect for bud­ding rac­ers. The se­ries com­prised of three championship classes, Pro Cadet, Ju­nior and Se­nior, as well as sev­eral sup­port cat­e­gories like am­a­teurs, cor­po­rate, in­ter­school, women and me­dia.

The first three rounds; Pune, Goa and Vado­dara, have con­cluded. In the Pro Cadet class, Aa­dityansh Kaulshi has opened up a size­able dif­fer­ence on near­est ri­val Hosh­mand Elavia. Kaulshi was trail­ing Elavia af­ter Pune but he took the lead in Goa and made the most of Hosh­mand’s poor per­for­mance in Vado­dara. Saatvick Kogileti is 12 points be­hind Elavia with Ran­veer Singh and Rau­naq Sinha hot on Kogileti’s heels.

The Pro Ju­nior cat­e­gory com­prised of only two rac­ers for the open­ing two week­ends, how­ever three more play­ers have en­tered the class in Vado­dara. Jonathan Kuri­akose and Aditya Joshi are neck and neck, with only five points sep­a­rat­ing the two. Mira Erda gained max­i­mum points in her first week­end at her home week­end in Vado­dara. With that she be­came the first fe­male to win a race in the Pro classes in the IndiKart­ing se­ries.

Mov­ing on to the big boys in the Pro Se­nior where An­jan Pa­to­dia has been the man to beat as he has con­sis­tently been fin­ish­ing on the podium in al­most every other race. The bat­tle be­hind him is heat­ing up be­tween Rahul Sha­ran and Aaroh Ravin­dra with the lat­ter trail­ing by just three points. Rishab Rathi and Alex Bora com­plete the top five of the championship.

Round four takes place in Lud­hi­ana on May 28-29 with the grand fi­nale in Delhi two weeks later. ⌧

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