Deepak takes two!

The In­dian tour­ing cars re­turn with some great ac­tion at the Kari Mo­tor Speed­way

Evo India - - TVS MEDIA RACE - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY by ANAND PHILAR

OUND 1 OF THE ITC CLASS OF the MRF MMSC FMSCI In­dian Na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship took place at the Kari Mo­tor Speed­way, with Deepak walk­ing away with a dou­ble.

Qual­i­fy­ing took place on Satur­day, with Ar­jun Naren­dran putting in the fastest lap fol­lowed by Deepak Paul Chin­nappa and Ashish Ra­masamy. A me­chan­i­cal prob­lem meant Ar­jun could not start race 1. Deepak had a ter­ri­ble start, over­cook­ing his clutch and drop­ping down to tenth place but he climbed back to the lead. He de­vel­oped me­chan­i­cal trou­bles mid-race, al­low­ing Ashish the vic­tory, while C Ra­jaram placed third.

In race 2 Deepak took the lead in to C1. Ar­jun moved in to sec­ond place, and Ashish was in third. Ar­jun had a huge mo­ment and dropped to eighth. He man­aged to sal­vage third place. Ashish fin­ished sec­ond with Deepak on the top rung.

In race 3, Deepak got the bet­ter of Ashish at the start and was be­hind Ar­jun go­ing in to C1. D Vidya Prakash climbed up from P8 to fourth. Ar­jun had another slide at the last cor­ner giv­ing up his lead to Deepak. Ashish man­aged to get in to sec­ond, with Ar­jun in third. How­ever, Ashish’s car threw up me­chan­i­cal is­sues and he couldn’t fin­ish. Deepak won his sec­ond race of the week­end, fol­lowed by Ar­jun in sec­ond and D Vidya Prakash — who has been rac­ing for 50 years now — was on the third rung of the podium.L

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