In­dian Sport

Sea­soned rac­ers, rook­ies, and an all-new class took to the track to rack up points in the sec­ond round of the JK Tyre FMSCI Na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (NRC)

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When the first round drew to a close, a few fa­mil­iar names had col­lected some cru­cial points that would go a long way in their 2018 cam­paign. In ad­di­tion to the pres­sure of main­tain­ing their hold on the points ta­ble, these gen­tle­men also had to worry about ri­vals who were only a few points be­hind them; ri­vals who were de­ter­mined to close the gap quickly. The man to beat in Euro JK 18 was Ash­win Datta (Tamil Nadu) and he was hold­ing on to a fee­ble one-point lead. In the smaller LGB For­mula 4 Class, Vishnu Prasad (MS­port) also faced sim­i­lar pres­sure be­cause only a point sep­a­rated him from his team­mate.

A few new­com­ers were thrown into this drama. The sec­ond round marked the be­gin­ning of a new class, called the “JK Tyre Novice Cup”: a commendable move by the or­ga­niz­ers to of­fer bud­ding tal­ent a chance to get ac­cli­ma­tized with the open-wheel LGB For­mula 4 cars be­fore they lock horns with the big boys. All that and more com­ing your way.

Euro JK 18 Race One

Nayan S Chat­ter­jee (Ma­ha­rash­tra) set a scorch­ing 1:00.514 lap and claimed pole po­si­tion. For­tune fi­nally seemed to favour the speed­ster who ran into a few is­sues dur­ing the first round. The lights went off and Nayan’s car squealed away to a great start. In the dra­matic race that un­folded, he en­joyed a good fight with Karthik Tha­rani S (Tamil Nadu) be­fore pulling off a five-sec­ond lead to cross the line in first place. Karthik had to set­tle for sec­ond place while Brayan Per­era (Sri Lanka) claimed the last step on the podium.

Race Two

The sec­ond race was full of drama and had a few mo­ments of wheel-to-wheel rac­ing. Spec­ta­tors watched with bated breath as the rac­ers pulled off some amaz­ing moves to gain an ad­van­tage. A few of these moves caught the eye of Race Con­trol and a cou­ple of rac­ers had to for­feit their fi­nal po­si­tions due

to time penal­ties. In this closely con­tested race, Nayan took home the win. Sec­ond and third places were claimed by Ash­win Datta (Tamil Nadu) and Yash Arad­hya (Ben­galuru) re­spec­tively.

Karthik lost his sec­ond-place fin­ish and slipped down the or­der when he in­curred a 20-sec­ond time penalty for push­ing an­other car off the track. Sim­i­larly, Brayan also had to for­feit third place due to a five-sec­ond penalty for over­tak­ing un­der the yel­low flag. Nayan set the best lap of the race (1:00.602).

Race Three

The pre­vi­ous race win­ners be­gan the third race at the front of the pack. Un­like his pre­vi­ous cou­ple of out­ings, Nayan did not run away with the win this time. Ash­win put forth a good chal­lenge and stole the vic­tory from Nayan with a half-sec­ond dif­fer­ence. Mean­while, Karthik was en­gaged in bat­tle with Yash whom he ul­ti­mately over­came to claim third place.

Race Four

At the be­gin­ning of the fi­nal race, Nayan had to start five places down the or­der for chang­ing his race car; which trans­lated into a 10th-place start. This set­back could have proved costly for the young man be­cause he was tied at 43 points with his ri­vals, Ash­win and Karthik, be­fore the race be­gan. Nayan fought his way to the top and the trio put on quite a show for the fans with a good fight for the top spot. How­ever, Brayan stole the win from all of them. Yash also sneaked past the trio and crossed the line in sec­ond place; how­ever, a 10-sec­ond penalty for jump-start saw him tum­ble down the or­der.

Ash­win and Nayan claimed sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively. At the end of the sec­ond round, Ash­win sits at the top of the points ta­ble with 51 points. The two-point lead means that he is not out of Nayan’s (49 points) sights yet.

LGB For­mula 4 Race One

The cham­pi­onship leader, Vishnu Prasad (MS­port), qual­i­fied on pole, just ahead of the de­fend­ing cham­pion, Chittesh Man­dody (Avalanche Rac­ing), and Vishnu’s team­mate and clos­est ri­val, Raghul Ran­gasamy (MS­port). With a start­ing or­der like that, the race was go­ing to be any­thing but mun­dane and they did not dis­ap­point. Dur­ing the course of the race, Chittesh dropped out of podium con­tention. Vishnu shook off his ri­vals and fin­ished in first place. Ro­hit Khanna (Dark Don Rac­ing) shot past Raghul and claimed sec­ond, deny­ing Raghul a cou­ple of ex­tremely valu­able points.

Race Two

Re­verse-grid start pro­ce­dure meant that Vishnu had to start from the sev­enth po­si­tion. That did not seem to de­ter the quick racer. He pulled away from the pack, tak­ing Raghul and Ro­hit along with him. Un­like the pre­vi­ous race, Vishnu did not hang around long enough for his arch-ri­vals to make a move and drove to vic­tory with a com­fort­able six-sec­ond lead. Raghul took sec­ond place ahead of Ro­hit.

Race Three

Vishnu was on pole again but this time he was not go­ing to get away from Raghul that eas­ily. Both team­mates in their bright yel­low cars were soon en­gaged in a fight for the lead. For­tune favoured Raghul in that tussle and pro­pelled him to a wellde­served first place. Right on his tail, Vishnu took sec­ond place, miss­ing a hat-trick vic­tory. Ro­hit took third place although he set the fastest lap at 1:11.095.

At the end of the sec­ond round, Vishnu has in­creased the gap at the top of the ta­ble by five points from his team­mate, Raghul. Of the rook­ies who were rac­ing on the same grid, Vib­hav Parker (Pri­va­teer) has the most points and is lead­ing the Rookie cham­pi­onship.

JK Tyre Novice Cup Race One

Fresh on the grid, the new­bies proved that they were forces to be reck­oned with. Hashim EKP (DTS Rac­ing) took pole po­si­tion af­ter set­ting in a hot lap al­most on a par with the pros in the LGB For­mula 4 class. Right be­hind him were his team­mate, Viswas Vi­ja­yaraj, and Ash­win Nair (Pru­dent Mo­tor­sports). Un­like the other classes, the Novice Cup had rel­a­tively new driv­ers. The young­sters came pack­ing a lot of en­ergy and the will to prove them­selves.

The race was packed with drama from the first lap it­self. View­ers were re­warded with raw rac­ing ac­tion as the driv­ers fought tooth and nail for any ad­van­tage they could get; usu­ally mak­ing ma­noeu­vres that an ex­pe­ri­enced driver might dis­miss as “not worth the risk”.

K Suriya Varathan (MS­port) emerged the vic­tor in the first out­ing. He was fol­lowed by Sid­dharth Me­hdi­ratta (Mo­men­tum Mo­tor­sports) and Jaswanth N (DTS Rac­ing) in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively. Suriya also set the fastest lap at 1:12.534.

Race Two

Although he was un­able to fin­ish the first race, Viswas made a strong come­back by win­ning the sec­ond race. The fight was by no means an easy one. Dur­ing the course of the race, it was ev­i­dent that the fight was go­ing to be a three-way clash among Viswas, Sid­dharth, and Hashim. Viswas had to ward off a strong chal­lenge from Sid­dharth, who ul­ti­mately fin­ished in sec­ond place, just six-tenths of a sec­ond be­hind him. Hashim drove to a third-place fin­ish just one-tenth of a sec­ond be­hind Sid­dharth. That was an in­tense race and had the crowd chew­ing their fin­ger­nails in an­tic­i­pa­tion to see which of the boys would emerge the vic­tor.

Race Three

The ta­bles were turned for the third race and gave the other rook­ies a taste of podium fin­ishes as well. Ti­jil Rao (Mo­men­tum Mo­tor­sports) man­aged his po­si­tion well and kept a de­cent three-sec­ond lead over his clos­est ri­val as he crossed the line in first place. Im­me­di­ately be­hind him, Huza­ifa Tin­wala (Pru­dent Mo­tor­sports) claimed sec­ond place, leav­ing Yokesh­waran Kr­ish­navelu (MS­port) to set­tle for the last step on the podium. Ash­win Nair lost sec­ond place af­ter he earned a 10-sec­ond penalty for “avoid­able con­tact”.

At the end of their first out­ing, Sid­dharth leads the pack with 16 points; merely a point away from Viswas. It will be great to watch young tal­ent like this grow over the up­com­ing rounds. Ku­dos to JK Tyre Mo­tor­sport for giv­ing tal­ented driv­ers like these the op­por­tu­nity they de­serve.

Nayan was on the top step twice this week­end

Ash­win leads the cham­pi­onship af­ter the sec­ond round

Brayan on his way to a wel­learned vic­tory

Raghul de­nied Vishnu a hat-trick by win­ning the last race

Vishnu ex­tended his lead in the cham­pi­onship with con­sis­tent per­for­mances

( Above) Suriya drew first blood in the Novice Cup

( Above) Ti­jil crossed the line in first place

Viswas sport­ing the fa­mous Light­ning McQueen’s rac­ing num­ber

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