Twenty-two year old Chennai
lad Vikash Anand won a double to clinch the title in the MRF Formula 1600
category and a ticket for the Mazda Road to Indy shootout as the fifth and
final round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship concluded
at the MMRT track in Sriperumbudur on August 21, 2016.
Going into this weekend’s
triple-header, Vikash Anand and Karthik Tharani were locked on 138 points.
Anand began his campaign with a second place finish behind Tharani on Saturday
(20th), but won both the starts to seal the championship.
Also achieving a double was
Raghul Rangasamy who won both the races in the F1300 Rookie Championship and
annexed the title. He later went on to claim the championship in the Super
Stock class after Race 2 winner Veeresh Prasad was given a 20-second penalty
for overtaking under yellow flags which demoted him to fourth place. The result
saw Raghul and Veeresh tying on 142 points. Raghul was declared champion on the
basis of three wins to Veeresh’s two on the countback which was employed to
break the tie.
Goa’s Keith Desouza (UNIMEK
Racing) topped the Indian Junior Touring Cars class with a crucial win which
helped him finish on 199 points while his nearest rival Ananth Pithawala (Team
N1) from Mumbai ended up on 191.
Coimbatore’s Arjun Narendran
(Red Rooster Racing), who had already clinched the championship in the premium
Indian Touring Cars class, ended the season with a double for a tally of 240
points, well clear of Bengaluru’s Deepak Paul Chinnappa (Race Concepts) who
finished on 135.
Ishaan Dodhiwala from Delhi
won Sunday’s both races in the Volkswagen Vento Cup to consolidate his position
at the top of the leaderboard.
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