Rough Seas

Michelan­gelo took the 2019 MRF2000 crown, but it wasn’t all plain sail­ing for the Bel­gian racer


THE FI­NAL ROUND OF THE MRF2000 took place at the MMRT, Chen­nai and saw some in­tense rac­ing ac­tion. Michelan­gelo Amendola came in with a tally of 143 points. Dy­lan Young and Joshua Ma­son were 16 points and 28 points be­hind, re­spec­tively. With six races over the week­end, it could have been any­one’s game. How­ever, Amendola’s two wins and two, third place fin­ishes over the two days, sealed the cham­pi­onship for him.

Amendola stretched out a 10-sec­ond gap over the rest in the first race, in 15 laps! Young and Ma­son did well too, fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third re­spec­tively. With a re­verse grid in the sec­ond race, Manaf Hi­j­jawi took the win, ahead of Ma­son. Valde­mar Erik­sen fin­ished third fol­lowed by Young in fourth and Amendola in fifth.

Amendola started the third race on pole but Ma­son kept him hum­ble early on. The Bel­gian started to pull away around the sixth lap, man­ag­ing to win with a 10-sec­ond gap. Young came sec­ond fol­lowed by Louis Fos­ter, both of whom cap­i­talised on a mis­take by Ma­son.

The cham­pi­onship fight was still on though, Young and Ma­son trailed by 34 points and 49 points, re­spec­tively. The re­verse grid in the fourth race meant Yu­ven Sun­daramoor­thy started on pole, fol­lowed by Hi­j­jawi and Ma­son. Amendola strug­gled to make any real progress, but de­fended well against Largim Ali. Sun­daramoor­thy fin­ished first ahead of Hi­j­jawi and Young, whose chances had im­proved af­ter Amendola’s poor sixth place fin­ish.

Sun­daramoor­thy was on pole in the fifth race, but con­ceded to Fos­ter early on. Af­ter Hi­j­jawi and Ma­son took each other off in the first lap, the Safety Car came out. Fos­ter made a clean restart and the top three started to pull away. Young made a mis­take in the tenth lap, shunt­ing him to sixth. Amendola came home third, be­hind Fos­ter and Sun­daramoor­thy, but more im­por­tantly his com­peti­tors didn’t score many points. Young scored just eight while Ma­son crashed in the first lap.

Young started the fi­nal race on pole, with a chance to re­deem him­self, Amendola was fourth. There was a four-way bat­tle with the cars be­tween Erik­sen in sec­ond and Fos­ter in fifth bunched up over a sec­ond and a half! Young came home in first, fol­lowed by Erik­sen and Amendola. It was a great fight for the ti­tle, com­ing down to the wire, but Amendola kept his com­po­sure and show­cased some re­ally ge­nius driv­ing to take the MRF2000 crown. ⌧

Top: Michelan­gelo Amendola gets a spot­less vic­tory! Above: Amendola’s fam­ily were equally happy to see their boy take the crown

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