The Asian Age

Dou­ble podium for Chen­nai lad

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Young In­dian racer Tarun Reddy achieved his best re­sult at the in­ter­na­tional level with a dou­ble podium fin­ish in the UK For­mula Re­nault Cham­pi­onship at Snet­ter­ton.

The 16- year- old, who also leads the MRF 1600 Na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, went fastest in Fri­day prac­tice at a cir­cuit he vis­ited for the first time.

The Chen­nai lad’s sec­ond place fin­ish in the first race was his best re­sult to date in the UK, and he backed it up by tak­ing the third and fourth spots re­spec­tively, in the next two races in his MGR Mo­tor­sport car.

This came on top of his triple win the week­end be­fore on home ground in the For­mula MRF 1600 se­ries.

Reddy had a good start to the open­ing race, almost man­ag­ing to pass some of the driv­ers in front. He jumped to sec­ond po­si­tion on the fourth lap and shook off a chal­lenge from Ital­ian Mat­teo Fer­rer, a race win­ner this sea­son.

He then con­sol­i­dated be­hind triple race win­ner Pi­etro Fit­ti­paldi.

“We were very good in test­ing, but I have to work at op­ti­mis­ing my new tyres in qual­i­fy­ing. Even though it was my first visit to Snet­ter­ton, I was com­fort­able with the car. My pace was a lot bet­ter than Fer­rer so we were able to edge away,” Tarun said after the race.

In the sec­ond race, Reddy made a strong start to move from sixth po­si­tion to third. “I got a very good start and passed three dri- vers on the first two cor­ners,” he said. “That put me into third, and from then on I drove a con­sis­tent race and kept up with those in front of me.”

Tarun made progress at the start of the fi­nal race of the week­end as well, ris­ing from fourth to third when he passed another race win­ner this sea­son, Piers Hickin.

But Hickin moved back ahead dur­ing the fourth lap, and Reddy had to be con­tent with the fourth spot.

“I had another good start and tried to lunge two driv­ers at the hair­pin, but I only got Hickin,” he said. “The prob­lem was I dam­aged my wing in race two, so that caused some heavy wear with the tyres. So for Race Three my tyres were fin­ished, and also I was los­ing power. Hickin came fly­ing past me on the straight, and fourth was all I could man­age.”

The penul­ti­mate round of the cham­pi­onship will be held at Croft on Septem­ber 20 and 21.

 ??  ?? Tarun Reddy ( right) poses with the trophy.
Tarun Reddy ( right) poses with the trophy.

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