Red Rooster’s Ar­jun races into lead, eyes fourth ti­tle in Chen­nai

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Sarthak Bal sarthak­bal@htlive.com

Ar­jun Naren­dran (Red Rooster Per­for­mance) dis­placed Deepak Paul Chin­nappa (Race Con­cepts) at the top of the In­dian Tour­ing Cars cham­pi­onship to take a 12-point lead go­ing into the fi­nal race that will bring the MRF In­dian Na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship to a close this week­end.

Naren­dran, who hails from Coimbatore, is con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing a fourth cham­pi­onship ti­tle on the trot, but was hum­ble enough to acknowledge that luck played a part in his vic­tory in the penul­ti­mate race on Satur­day.

“Un­til the last lap I thought Deepak was go­ing to win, which would have given him a huge lead, but I was lucky. His brakes failed and then Ashish Ra­maswamy (Red Rooster Per­for­mance) let me through be­cause he wasn’t com­pet­ing for the ti­tle,” Naren­dran said. Cham­pi­onship leader and pole-sit­ter Chin­nappa led for six laps and looked on course to open­ing up a 17-point lead at the top be­fore suf­fer­ing a brake fail­ure con­demn­ing him to sev­enth po­si­tion. The race also saw vet­eran racer, D Vidya Prakash (Prime Rac­ing) se­cure third po­si­tion. The 70-year old par­tic­i­pant, who was the old­est driver to grace the cir­cuit, was met by cheers at the fin­ish line.

“Hats off to him, he is 70 years old and has com­pleted 40 years of rac­ing. To be rac­ing at this pace at this age is no joke. I don’t think any­body else on the grid is as pas­sion­ate as him. He shows up week af­ter week, he drives, and even tunes his own cars,” said Naren­dran. Re­flect­ing on his own per­for­mance, the 23-year old said: “We just didn’t get the han­dling right be­cause the en­gine is re­ally strong this week­end. The tyres aren’t at their best, they last long but they are not suit­ing us un­like other cars.” In other events of the day, Kolkata school­boy Arya Singh (For­mula LGB 1300) and Hy­der­abad’s Anin­dith Reddy (MRF F1600) emerged champs.

AP

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