Report & Photography: Rahul Kapoor
has won the JK Racing Formula BMW 02 held at the Buddh International Circuit in
Greater Noida, UP. Prasad won both the FB 02 and the Formula LGB F4 races, but
only managed to take home one title as Diljith TS was crowned Formula LGB F4
champion for 2014. JK Superbikes championship title was clinched by Manmeet
drizzle had left the BIC track wet and all the drivers and riders struggled to
find grip or gain tyre temperature in the weather conditions. Yet they put up
brilliant races with terrifying risks and close shaves.
As the cars
lined up on the grid, the eyes of the 25,000 people in the Grand Stand were on
Vishnu Prasad and Akhil Rabindra. Armaan Ebrahim featured as a guest driver for
FB 02 in which he won the race but gained no points as he wasn’t competing for
the title. A couple of laps in race 2, Prasad managed to find his way past
Rabindra to take a decisive lead. As Vishnu Prasad came up on top behind
Ebrahim to finish 2nd as per regulations, he clinched his 2nd
win of the weekend in the series. Race 3 saw Ebrahim take his third race win,
but due to his non compete, the winner of race 3 was awarded to Akhil Rabindra.
Prasad finished 3rd behind Kumar who finished 2nd. But on
the final count Prasad was crowned champion for the 2nd time in his
Formula LGB saw
similar close wheel to wheel racing with even lesser amount of grip available
to the drivers. Once the five red lights went out, Diljith TS (Dark Don
Racing), Vishnu Prasad (Meco Racing), Karthik Shankar (Team Avalanche) and
Sandeep Kumar (Meco Racing) left the rest of the field behind. For the first
half of the eight lap race, Diljith, who had already sealed the championship on
Saturday (December 13, 2104), opened up a slim lead over the pack behind him.
But on lap six, Diljith and Kumar came together, but the former’s bike
developed a puncture. Once he started falling back, Prasad took the lead which
he held till the end after fending off a desperate lunge from Kumar at the last
corner just before crossing the finish line. Shankar was also forced to fight
hard till the flag for his third place.
apprehension and some riders unwilling to race, it was certain that in the
slippery conditions and on slick tyres, the JK Superbikes race wouldn’t take
place. The officials ordered the riders to go out for 3 practice laps and then
make a decision. They did so and after this all the riders felt confident and
decided to line up on the grid for a short 5 lap race. As the 5 red lights went
out, Kulwant Singh Monty led the pack away but only up to the first corner
where he lost control of his bike making all other riders behind him over
cautious. All riders maintained their positions while they struggled to simply
finish the race. Manmeet Singh in his BMW crossed the finish line ahead of
Vijay Singh and Aashir Agrawal. Manmeet was crowned as the first JK Superbikes
Cup champion for his brave effort with 24 points.
Final championship points standings (Provisional)
JK Racing India Series (FB 02)
JK Formula LGB F4:
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