Smiling Nayan Chatterjee had
all the more reasons to grin more. While 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 he had to be
content with a 3rd position on the podium, day 2 saw Nayan win both the races in the Euro JK 16
But the race results in the
LGB Formula 4 and JK Touring Cars, outcome was more or less predictable With
Vishnu Prasad and Ashish Ramaswamy emerging winners respectively.
Nayan consolidated his
position in the second round of the National Racing Championship on day 2, winning both his Euro JK 16 races in
In the LGB Formula 4, however,
Vishnu Prasad had to pull out all his fighting acumen and acute driving skills
to jump into the championship lead. The lanky racer from Chennai, who was
nursing a leg injury, had to be at his sharpest to pick up 28 points over the
weekend for a cumulative total of 36 points.
Ashish Ramaswamy too had to
work hard to win his race on Sunday to maintain his total dominance in the JK
Touring Cars category.
Nayan is the runaway leader
now in the Euro JK 16 class, having won as many as four races till now. He has
58 points in his kitty, 10 clear of the second-placed Ananth Shanmugam. Dhruv
Mohite is at third with 39 points.
Like in the first round, Nayan
struggled with his pace on day 1, only managing the third place in the first
two races. But on Sunday, once again, he was a different racer altogether. He
exhibited amazing pace and was virtually uncatchable in the final race, even
though the speedy Ananth Shanmugam was snapping at his tail in each of the
Nayan got a lucky break in the
first lap itself, though, with the morning’s darling Ajay Kini getting into a
melee with Anindith Reddy and Karthik Tharani. He took advantage of it to pick
up a huge lead. But Ananth from Karnataka upped the ante in the latter part of
the race and almost overtook Nayan in the final lap.
“He was really quick,” said
Nayan of Ananth, clearly looking relieved to have warded off his challenge.
“Luckily, my car setup was good today and I held on to my nerves,” he added.
In the morning, Nayan was even
more spectacular, streaking past one driver after another in a spectacular
display of racing. He started off in the fourth position with the reverse grid
coming into play to get the psychological edge over overnight leader Ananth
Shanmugam. Akash Gowda and Ajay Kini at P1 and P2 just didn’t have the pace to
hold him off and yielded the lead by the first turn itself.
The field got an opportunity
to catch up with Nayan in the 10th lap when the safety car came out. Ajay Kini
gave it his best shot, as did Ananth, but neither could even rattle the leader.
The LGB Formula 4 saw a
stunning finish in the morning, with Ashwin Sundar of Dark Don Racing
outsmarting Vishnu Prasad of Meco Racing in the final home stretch. He was,
however, handed`a 10-second penalty for his driving which saw him slip down to
fourth position. That saw Raghul Rangasama move up the ladder to first
position. Vishnu took the second place.
The bitterness spilled over
into the second race too. Vishnu, however, held his nerve this time and jumped
into the lead quickly to win the race. Pole starter Raghul Rangasamy of Meco
took the second place while Ashwin couldn’t event finish the race, pulling out
in the seventh lap.
Ashish Ramaswamy of Red
Rooster Performance continued to dominate the JK Touring Cars class, winning
his fourth race in succession. He had his toughest day yet though, with Deepak
Chinnappa of Race Conceot breathing down his neck all through the 10 laps. “It
was a tough race,” Ashish said. “I had to bring out all my experience to win
this one,” he added.
RESULTS OF DAY 2:
Euro JK 16
Race 1: 1 Nayan Chatterjee; 2. Ajay Kini; 3. Ananth Shanmugam
Race 2: 1. Nayan Chatterjee; 2. Ananth Shanmugam; 3. Dhruv Mohite
Race 1: 1. Ashwin Sundar; 2. Raghul Rangasamy; 3. Vishnu Prasad
Race 2: 1. Vishnu Prasad; 2. Raghul Rangasamy; 3. Rohit Khanna
JK Touring Cars: 1.Ashish Ramasamy; 2. Deepak Chinappa; 3. Rajaram
RESULTS OF DAY 1:
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
LGB 4:1. Vishnu Prasad; 2. Ashwin
Sundar; 3. Raghul Rangasamy
JK Touring Cars: 1. Ashish Ramaswamy; 2. M Sivaramakrishnan; 3.
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