Vishwadev Muraleedharan, a
23-year old MBA graduate from Coimbatore, completed a fine double to clinch the
rider’s title in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice) category of the MMSC One-Make
Championship at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida, on September
27, 2015, the concluding day of the MMSC Race Fest.
The other winners in the
different categories were: Ananth Raj (Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open), Kannan S (TVS
Apache RTR 180, Open), Akhanda Pratap Singh (TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice) and
Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing (Honda CBR 250).
Muraleedharan, who topped both
the races in his category, ended the season with six wins for a tally of 212
points, ahead of Kerala’s Amarnath Menon (184).
“Obviously, I am extremely
happy to win the championship in my very first full season of racing. It was
very competitive right through the season, but I put in consistent performances
to win the title. I plan to move to the Asian Road Racing Championship next
year, but a lot will depend on securing sponsorship,” said Muraleedharan who
finished his first full season with six wins from 10 starts.
Also achieving a double this
weekend was Aravind Balakrishnan in the Honda CBR 150 (Novice) category as he
caught up with championship leader Sivanesan S who, after finishing second in
the first race on September 26, crashed in the second outing. Going into the
fifth and final round of the series to be run in December, Aravind and
Sivanesan are tied on 141 points.
Joining the list of double
winners was Kannan S in the TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open) category as he finished
the season with 116 points, just six ahead of Aravind Ganesh.
Akanda Pratap Singh, despite
finishing sixth in the truncated three-lap race for TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice)
class following an on-track incident, still won the championship with 110
points, pipping Satish Kumar by a mere three points.
In the day’s last race, Sarath
Kumar of Ten10 Racing sealed the championship by completing a double in the
Honda CBR 250 category to stretch his lead to 65 points over Sumit Lucas Toppo
(Prolap Racing) with a round to spare.
Honda CBR 250 (Open) – 8 laps: Sarath Kumar (Ten10 Racing) 1
(12:53.191); Sumit Lucas Toppo (Prolap Racing) 2 (12:53.525); Dinesh Kumar D 3
(12:58.084). Honda CBR 150 (Novice) – 6 laps: Aravind Balakrishnan 1
(10:18.487); Piyush Ranjan 2 (10:18.655); Anish Shetty 3 (10:18.866).
Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) – 8
laps: Meka Vidhuraj 1 (14:00.875); Kamlesh P Thakur 2 (14:01.098); Ananth Raj 3
(14:03.081). Championship winner: Ananth Raj (181 points). Novice – 6 laps:
Vishwadev Muraleedharan 1 (10:35.468); Simranjeet Singh 2 (10:46.438);
Sebastian J 3 (10:46.480). Championship winner: Vishwadev Muraleedharan (212
TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open) – 8 laps: Kannan S 1 (13:49.083); John
Paul 2 (14:06.145); Arun Muthukrishnan 3 (14:08.589). Championship winner:
Kannan S (116 points). TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice) – 3 laps: Malsawmdawgliana 1
(05:20.345); Udipta Kumar Rath 2 (10:39.283); Satish Kumar L 3 (10:39.540).
Championship winner: Akhanda Pratap Singh (110 points).
Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy (9 laps): Hisham 1 (14:28.826);
Mezaan Anees 2 (14:29.739); Hashim 3 (14:34.923). Race 2: Hisham 1 (15:10.433);
Deepak Papineni 2 (15:14.209); Vibhav Parker 3 (15:18.205).