Yet another chapter was added
to Chennai’s motorsport legacy when city’s riders Sarath Shankar Kumar, Aravind
B and Rihana Reya clinched the respective championships to bring curtains on
the 2015 Honda One Make Race Championship 2015 at the MMRT on February 21,
Since its inception in 2008,
the Honda One Make Race continues to grow in scale and prestige. The
championship draws entries from biking enthusiasts converging from as far as
Mizoram, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Aizwal, Jalgaon, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trichy
Sarath Shankar Kumar from Ten 10 Racing, who
came into the final read with an unassailable lead, clinched the CBR 250R
Championship without having to take to the tracks on Sunday. His 186 points
tally was built on the back of 6 consecutive wins including ‘a double’ at the
Buddh International Circuit during Round 4. His absence from the grid was fully
capitalised on by Ranchi’s Sumit Lucas Toppo (Pro Lap Racing) and Chennai’s
Dinesh Kumar D (United Tech Torque Racing), winning Race 1 and Race 2
respectively. Sunday also witnessed Ten 10 Racing clinch the Team Championship
for 2015 season.
The CBR 150R Championship
escalated into a 3-way showdown between joint leaders Sivanesan S and Aravind B
(from Chennai); and Kishoar VS from Coimbatore, who had started the day on pole
position. However, in the final race, Aravind B edged-out Sivanesan to the
second spot and claim championship glory after latter had failed to finish his
race. Kishoar VS, from Coimbatore,
showed great composure to clinch both the races on Sunday, and finish the
Championship on third position.
Honda Ladies Race
In a step towards achieving a
greater democratisation of motorsport, and to encourage more women
participation, Honda flagged-off the first ever Honda All Ladies Race in
Chennai. Amid huge cheers, 10 women from all over India took to the grid for
this historic race. In the end, despite Pune’s Pooja A Dhabi best-efforts, it
was Chennai’s Rihana Reya who rallied brilliantly to jump two-places from her
starting position and emerged triumphant in this inaugural race. Pooja finished
second while Shruti (from Chennai) who finished third.
Congratulating the winners, Prabhu Nagraj,
Vice President, Customer Service, HMSI, said, “It is always Honda’s endeavor to
bring new categories and excitement into the race. To democratisze motorsport,
and to offer the adrenaline pumping track experience to our women audiences as
well, we have introduced, for the first time in Chennai, an All-Ladies Race.
All 10 girls, who raced today have been trained by the Honda Racing Training
Academy. I would like to specially congratulate all of them for being a part of
this landmark race. The immense potential on display today, strengthens our
belief in the talent that exists in the country. I would also like to
congratulate all the winners and thank FMSCI for organsing and supporting our
efforts in India. Look forward to see you all next year with greater
RESULTS:Honda MMSC One-Make Championship:
CBR 250R Championship (Open):
RACE 1 (6 LAPS):
1. Sumit Lucas Toppo (Pro Lap
2. Mathana Kumar (Ten10
3. Hari Krishnan R (Ten10
RACE 2 (6 LAPS):
1. Dinesh Kumar D (United Tech
Torque Racing) 12:49.293
2. Rajiv Sethu S (Ten 10
3. Harikrishnan R (Ten10
Champion rider: Sarath Shankar
CBR 150R CHAMPIONSHIP (NOVICE):
Race 1 (6 laps):
1. Kishoar VS (Coimbatore)
2. Aravind Balakrishnan
3. Sivanesan Sethu (Chennai)
Race 2 (6 laps):
1. Kishoar VS 07:48.673
2. Aravind Balakrishnan
3. Anish Shetty (Hubballi)
Champion rider: Aravind
Honda Ladies Race (4 laps):
1. Rehana Reya (Chennai)
2. Pooja Dabhi (Pune)
3. Soundari A (Chennai)
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