Un­beaten Four for Joseph Matthew

The rac­ers were back for an­other out­ing at the Kari Mo­tor Speed­way, Coim­bat­ore, in the JK Tyre Na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship. Along with the track tem­per­a­ture, the level of com­pe­ti­tion also shot up

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t the end of the first round of the JK tyre fMsCi na­tional rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (JK tyre nrC), the de­fend­ing Gixxer Cup cham­pion, Joseph Matthew of Chen­nai, made a clean sweep of the races and posted him­self on top of the points ta­ble. in the red Bull road to rook­ies Cup, Zothan­mawia of Aizawl es­tab­lished his dom­i­nance and earned the top po­si­tion in both the races. the sec­ond round did not turn out to be a piece of cake as they may have ex­pected, though. this time, the com­peti­tors had im­proved their game and there were a few un­ex­pected twists as well. GIXXER CUP

Race One for the first race of the week­end, on­look­ers may have thought that Joseph was not at his best due to his third-place start. Mal­sawm­dawngliana (Aizawl) was the man on pole (1:23.209), start­ing just ahead of syed Muza­mil Ali (Bengaluru). Joseph did not have much luck off the line ei­ther and had to watch his ri­vals surge ahead. how­ever, he did make up places when­ever he got the chance. syed was ev­i­dently at his best be­cause he man­aged to fend off Joseph for a long time. on the penul­ti­mate lap, syed lost some

mo­men­tum when he slowed down at C1 (first cor­ner) to over­take a few slow rac­ers. Joseph grabbed the op­por­tu­nity and over­took syed. the two ri­vals shot on to the main straight and zoomed to a wheel-to-wheel fin­ish.

Joseph emerged the vic­tor in that thrilling bat­tle to com­plete a hat-trick vic­tory. With a dif­fer­ence of a mere eight-thou­sandths of a sec­ond, syed had to set­tle for sec­ond place. Mean­while, sachin Chaud­hary (Ahmed­abad) claimed third place.

Race Two

Podium fin­ish­ers from the pre­vi­ous race took their re­spec­tive po­si­tions for the start of the sec­ond race. Joseph got a good start but was closely tailed by syed through­out the race. syed looked de­ter­mined to fin­ish ahead of his ri­val this time and gave Joseph a run for his money. Closely be­hind the duo, Mal­sawm­dawngliana also edged him­self into the fight. At the end of 10 laps, Joseph once again fought off his com­pe­ti­tion and claimed the vic­tory, reg­is­ter­ing a 100 per cent win at the end of the sec­ond round. Although syed’s hard work did not carry him to the top step, he man­aged to fight off Mal­sawm­dawngliana and fin­ished in sec­ond place. Mal­sawm­dawngliana took the fi­nal step on the podium; he was only less than a sec­ond slower than the race leader.

the fastest man of the week­end was san­jeev Mha­tre (Mum­bai) with a time of 1:23.318. At the end of the sec­ond round, Joseph con­tin­ues to

dom­i­nate with four out of four wins and 40 points to his name. his clos­est com­peti­tor is syed, who is 10 points be­hind him. Mal­sawm­dawngliana is in the third spot with 21 points.

RED BULL ROAD TO ROOK­IES

Race One

Jerome Van­lal­reng­puia (Aizawl) was the fastest among the young­sters and earned him­self pole po­si­tion. right be­hind him were PC Andy Lalh­man­gaih­sanga (Aizawl) and es­haan shankar (delhi) in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively. Jerome would have achieved an ef­fort­less win, but his clos­est ri­val, Andy, kept him on his toes un­til the end of the race. Andy crossed the line in sec­ond place, over a sec­ond af­ter Jerome took the vic­tory (his first this sea­son). Al­most half a minute af­ter the vic­tor, es­haan crossed the fin­ish-line to claim third place.

Race Two

Af­ter hav­ing to set­tle for sec­ond place in the pre­vi­ous race, Andy was de­ter­mined to give it his all for the fi­nal race of the week­end. it was not easy be­cause he had to fight off a strong chal­lenge from Jerome but he man­aged to do it. towards the end of the race, Andy was clearly ahead of com­pe­ti­tion and cruised to his first vic­tory this year. Jerome fol­lowed in sec­ond place and es­haan com­pleted the podium. At 1.25.577, Andy was the fastest of the lot that week­end.

At the end of the sec­ond round, the ta­bles have turned. Zothan­mawia’s ab­sence has al­lowed oth­ers to chalk up some points. Jerome and Andy share the top spot on the points ta­ble with 32 points apiece. they are fol­lowed by Zothan­mawia and es­haan who have 20 points each.

ABOVE: Joseph leads the pack off the line

ABOVE: Jerome had good pace for the week­end

BE­LOW: Andy claimed his first vic­tory of the year

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