MO­TOR­SPORTS

Ac­tion from the 2W and 4W na­tional road racing cham­pi­onships, INRC and the Rain­for­est Chal­lenge

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AF­TER EN­DUR­ING A DOU­BLE DNF in the pre­vi­ous round, a pole po­si­tion and a win was ex­actly what TVS Racing and the na­tional cham­pion Ja­gan Ku­mar needed from the third round of the MMSC MRF 2W Na­tional Racing Cham­pi­onship in the Su­per Sport un­der 165cc class.

Ja­gan could not make the most of his start­ing ad­van­tage, fall­ing prey to Honda Ten10 Racing’s Ra­jiv Sethu and Mathana Ku­mar on the open­ing lap. Re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues struck the Honda boys as on the sec­ond lap it­self, Mathana had to call it quits while Ra­jiv man­aged to drag his bike to the fin­ish, los­ing two spots to Ja­gan and Harry Sylvester.

Mathana bounced back to win his maiden Su­per Sport race af­ter fight­ing off Sylvester for the win. Just half a sec­ond between the two at the fin­ish line, Mathana helped bring some much-needed cheer to the team who had a tor­rid open­ing race. Yet again, Ra­jiv was able to get his bike on to the last step of the podium.

Aravind fended off Naresh Babu and Aravind Ganesh to clinch vic­tory in the first race of the Pro Stock upto 165cc class. The Honda Ten10 Racing rider was able to repli­cate his form yet again in the sec­ond race as the same trio fin­ished on the ros­trum, po­si­tions un­changed.

In the fe­male Stock upto 165cc class, cham­pi­onship leader Aishwarya Pis­say won the race by a huge mar­gin of ten sec­onds from Shruthi Na­gara­jan. Ini­tially, Kalyani Potekar had fin­ished ahead of Shruthi, but was found guilty of caus­ing a col­li­sion that ended Alisha Ab­dul­lah’s race and was slapped with a ten sec­ond time penalty, de­mot­ing her to third.

In the Su­per Sport 300-400cc class, Di­nesh Menon was able to break Amar­nath Menon’s win­ning streak as he be­came the sec­ond vic­tor of the class in 2017. Rid­ing for the newly formed Team Alisha Ab­dul­lah Racing, Di­nesh fought tooth and nail with Amar­nath un­til the lat­ter crashed out on the fi­nal lap. Moto-Rev’s Deepak Raviku­mar in­her­ited the sec­ond spot af­ter the Gusto Racing rider’s fall, while Vivek Pil­lai com­pleted the podium spots for Rock­ers Racing.

Amar­nath re­paid the favour in the last race of the week­end by earn­ing his fifth win of the sea­son. Di­nesh made an er­ror and lost out mas­sively to the cham­pi­onship leader. Amar­nath had to fight for the win as Antony Peter was on his tail through­out the race, ul­ti­mately the gap between the two was less than a tenth of a sec­ond at the fin­ish. Deepak claimed the third spot.

With rains lash­ing down in Chen­nai, MMSC have had to post­pone the fol­low­ing round of the cham­pi­onship by a week which is now slated to be held on Septem­ber 9-10. ⌧

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