It seemed like a well scripted
race on the first day of the 2nd round of the 19th JK
Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship held at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore
in the state of Tamil Nadu, as one saw the trio of Ananth Shanmugham of
Karnataka, Karthik Tharani of Tamil Nadu
and Nayan Chatterjee of Maharashtra win the 1st and 4th
races of the day in the Euro JK 16 category. The boys came 1st, 2nd
and 3rd respectively in the two races.
The 2nd race of LGB
Formula 4 race saw Vishnu Prasad emerging as a victor. In the JK Touring car
race, the 3rd race of the day, one saw Ashish Ramaswamy of Red
Rooster Performa win in his car.
The first day of the race
weekend, however, began on expected lines, with Nayan Chatterjee taking the
pole position in the Euro JK 16. Bitter rival Ricky Donison took the third
place, setting the stage for a juicy showdown. But neither had accounted for
Ananth, who seemed innocently sandwiched in between them.
Ananth, however, had his own
plans and showed his intentions and aggression right away, shooting past Nayan
at the lights itself. Nayan almost seemed to freeze Anindith Reddy who jumped
ahead of him even though it was quite apparent that he had made a false start.
By the time he recovered from the shock, Ananth had picked up a huge gap.
Nayan put up a brave fight but
just couldn’t find a way past Ananth. He had to settle for the third position
while Mohammmed Nalwalla and Dhruv Mohite (both of Maharashtra) took the fourth
and fifth places.
There was barely any change in
positions in the second Euro JK 16 Race either, with Ananth, Karthik and Nayan
finishing in exactly the same positions: first, second and third.
“I got a very bad start and
was lucky not to lose more pace” explained Ananth, after winning the afternoon
race. He had even conceded the lead to Karthik in the opening lap itself but
found some space to reclaim his position by the second lap. “I picked up a huge
gap midway through the race and had my heart in my mouth when the safety car
came out,” he conceded.
Luckily for him, the track was
cleared of danger quickly enough and didn’t hurt him. The unfortunate driver
was Donison whose car went out of control and took a sharp spin. He didn’t
throw in the towel though and valiantly finished the race, even if he was more
than half a lap behind.
Ananth was amazingly quick all
through the two races, even timing a special 1:00.874 minutes in the 12th lap
of the second race.
In the LGB Formula 4,
Chennai’s drivers effected a clean sweep, taking the first three positions and
also the fifth in a hard-fought, thrilling race. Lanky Vishnu Prasad of Meco
Racing, who was nursing an injury, looked in no discomfort behind the wheel and
put up a fast and furious show. Starting at No. 2 in the grid behind Ashwin
Sundar of Dark Don Racing, he didn’t have to wait long to jump into the lead.
He timed a spectacular lap of
1:11.764 minutes in the fourth to show that he meant business. He kept up the
pace all the way through till the end to comfortably win the day’s race in this
category. Ashwin began on pole position but didn’t look comfortable, with
championship leader Rohit Khanna breathing down his neck.
He allowed Rohit, his teammate
at Dark Don, to shoot ahead of him at least twice. But in the end, Ashwin held
on to his nerve and reclaimed the lead in the 12th lap to comfortably take the
second position in the race. The third place saw a surprise, with Raghul
Rangaswami of Meco beating down the challenge of Rohit in a rather easy
In the JK Touring Cars, Ashish
Ramaswamy of Red Rooster Performa won from start to finish on Saturday afternoon.
He was followed by teammate M Sivaramakrishnan and Radha Selvaraj of RAD
LGB 4: 1. Vishnu Prasad; 2. Ashwin
Sundar; 3. Raghul Rangasamy
JK Touring Cars: 1. Ashish Ramaswamy; 2. M Sivaramakrishnan; 3.
Euro JK 16:
Race 1: 1. Ananth Shanmugam;
2. Karthik Tharani; 3. Nayan Chatterjee
Race 2: 1. Ananth Shanmugam;
2. Karthik Tharani; 3. Nayan Chatterjee
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