Cham­pion at last

Kar­min­der Singh wins 2017 Ameo Cup in a thrilling fi­nale

Evo India - - FEATURE REPORT - PHOTOGRAPHY by ADITYA BEDRE

THE FI­NAL ROUND OF THE MRF MMSC Na­tional rac­ing cham­pi­onship took place from Septem­ber 15 to 18 at the MMRT in Chen­nai, with cham­pi­ons be­ing crowned in all the classes. Anin­dith Reddy won the MRF F1600 class, young­ster Arya Singh won the For­mula LGB 1300, in the tour­ing car cham­pi­onship Ar­jun Naren­dran took top hon­ours in the na­tional cham­pi­onship while Kar­min­der Singh bagged the top spot in the one-make Volk­swa­gen Ameo Cup. Here is all the ac­tion from the week­end:

ITC

In the In­dian Tour­ing Cars class, it was cham­pi­onship leader Deepak Paul Chin­nappa who put up the fastest time in his Honda City, fol­lowed by Ar­jun Naren­dran in P2 and his Red Rooster team­mate Ashish Ra­maswamy in P3. The times were re­ally close — all three of them were within a tenth of a sec­ond. How­ever a brake fail­ure for Deepak meant Ar­jun won race 1, with Ashish in sec­ond and D Vidyaprakash in third. The sec­ond race fin­ished in the same or­der, as Chin­nappa started sev­enth on the grid and couldn’t work through the traf­fic be­fore the che­quered flag came out. He fin­ished fourth, and that al­lowed Ar­jun to make up points and suc­cess­fully de­fend his cham­pi­onship ti­tle. MRF F1600

San­deep Ku­mar won the first race of the week­end af­ter start­ing on pole, with Keith DeSouza and Arya Singh fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third re­sepc­tively. Cham­pi­onship leader, Anin­dith Reddy didn’t fin­ish the race — a col­li­sion took the rear wing off his car — but sealed the ti­tle nev­er­the­less, and earned him a ticket to the Mazda Road to Indy shootout. San­deep dom­i­nated over the rest of the week­end as well, win­ning both the other races but had to set­tle for sec­ond place in the cham­pi­onship. Anin­dith and Arya fin­ished sec­ond and third re­sepc­tively in race 2, while Arya fin­ished sec­ond in race 3 with Keith in third.

Ameo Cup

Sau­rav Bandy­opad­hyay set the fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing to put him­self on pole, and An­ning Sun, a guest racer from China joined him on the first row. Kar­min­der only man­aged to qual­ify eighth on the grid. Nev­er­the­less, the top eight racers were sep­a­rated by just a sec­ond. Sau­rav fin­ished in the lead, with An­ning Sun in sec­ond while San­deep Ku­mar fin­ished third. Kar­min­der fin­ished sev­enth, but started the next race in P2, thanks to a re­verse grid start. He got off to a good start, and dom­i­nated the race till the fin­ish. This was the first wet race of the sea­son and San­deep brought his car home in sec­ond while Af­fan Sa­dat who had started on pole fin­ished third.

The win saw Kar­min­der clinch the cham­pi­onship with one race to go. An­ning Sun won race 3 from Kar­min­der and Dhruv Mo­hite. San­deep fin­ished sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship, fol­lowed by Dhruv Mo­hite in third. ⌧

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