The curtain came down on the
13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting at the Mohite Racing Academy in Kolhapur,
Maharashtra on Sunday September 25, 2016 with favourites Ricky Donison, Manav
Sharma and Shahan Ali winning their respective categories in commanding
Donison, who has been
virtually invincible for three seasons now, defended his Senior Max title in style to make it a hat-trick of titles.
Amazingly, he has finished on pole in all the 14 karting races he has competed
so far in his blossoming career; he has won as many as 12 out of them to
underline his superiority in this brand of racing.
When he lined up for the
finals in front of a packed holiday crowd, he knew that it could be a touch and
go affair. He was on pole once again but he was still on 358 points, one point
behind championship leader Vishnu Prasad. He was aware that even a minor error
or a hint of nerves could easily upset his winning streak.
Donison (BPC Racing) streaked
ahead of the field in the first lap itself and clocked the fastest lap in the
fifth at 51.717 seconds; he steadily increased the gap thereafter to win the
20-lap race with a solid five seconds to spare. He finished the season with 413
points, leaving the rest to fight for the crumbs.
Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee,
Vishnu Prasad (both Meco Racing) and Dhruv Mohite (Mohite’s Racing) were locked
in a fierce battle behind him, overtaking each other in virtually every lap.
Just when it seemed like it would go all the way to the wire, it imploded for
Vishnu and Dhruv, as the former forced the latter off the track, unwittingly taking
both of them out of contention for the second place.
Nayan took advantage of the
mishap to grab the runner-up position in the fifth and final round. But that
was good enough for only a third-place finish in the championship with 397
points. Vishnu finished fourth to emerge the overall vice-champion with 408
Shahan Ali of Meco was equally
unstoppable in the Micro Max
category. The Asian champion underlined his prodigious talent by comfortably
winning the championship for the third time in succession. He collected 86
points on Sunday, finishing first in the pre-final and second in the final, for
an aggregate of 434 points.
That was a clear 25 points
ahead of second-placed Ruhaan Alva of Birel Art, who came up with a stunning
last race to take the final round. But Agra’s hero Shahan had already put the
championship beyond everybody’s reach by winning the pre-final in the morning
and piling up a sizeable lead.
In the Junior Max, Faridabad’s Manav Sharma (BPC Racing) timed his move to
perfection, winning both the pre-finals and finals on Sunday to pocket the
title. Starting just six points ahead of the field, he knew that he couldn’t
afford to make the mistakes that he has been wont to. He didn’t. He finished
with 423 points, comfortably ahead of Yash Aradhya (Meco) who ran out of luck
on the day that mattered.
Yash was penalised 10 places
in the morning round to finish last while in the afternoon he had to settle for
the fourth place. Chirag Ghorpade (BPC) who started the day on pole and looked
like the youngster to beat on Saturday could only manage 82 points on Sunday
for a total of 399 points, good enough for the third place in the championship.
Pre-final (12 laps): 1. Shahan
Ali (11:36.816); 2. Ruhaan Alva (11:38.401); 3. Aadityansh 3 (11:40.703)
Final (15 laps): 1. Ruhaan
Alva (14:27.957); 2. Shahan Ali (14:31.601); 3. Arjun Nair (14:41.441)
Pre-final (15 laps): 1. Manav
Sharma (13:13.289); 2. Jonathan Kuriakose (13:15.484); 3. Pradyumna Daingond
Final (18 laps): 1. Manav
Sharma (15:49.649); 2. Chirag Ghorpade (15:49.865); 3. Jonathan Kuriakose
Pre-final (18 laps): 1. Ricky
Donison (15:34.800); 2 Dhruv Mohite
(15:44.691); 3. Nayan Chatterjee
Final (20 laps): 1. Ricky
Donison (17:20.936); 2. Nayan Chatterjee
(17:26.727); 3. Mrinal Chatterjee (17:50.086)
Micro-Max Category: The Micro Max is undoubtedly the most
fascinating category in the JK TYRE-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting
Championship as it sees kids in the age group of 7 to 12 compete like veterans.
It is the starting point for every aspiring racer. The winners:
1.Shahan Ali Mohsin: This
12-year-old racing prodigy from Agra has already created ripples by becoming
the first Indian ever to win the Asian Karting Championship in Sepang this
year. He added a couple of more feathers to his crown by winning the Micro Max
title and by also being awarded the Best Karter of the year 2016. Shahan
accumulated a stupendous tally of 434 points. He represents Meco Racing Team.
2. Ruhaan Alva: This Bangalore
kid won the final of the 13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting
Championship in style to finish second in the championship with 409 points.
Ruhaan represents Team Birel Art.
3. Arjun S Nair: Another
Bangalore kid from Team Meco Racing, he came third in the championship with 408
points. Arjun also won the Best newcomer trophy.
Junior Max Category: This category consists of racers in the age
group of 13-16 years.
1. Manav Sharma: This
Faridabad kid won the Junior Max Championship with 423 points by putting up a
grand display in the final round in Kolhapur. Manav represents team Perigrine
2. Yash Aradhya: Another
Bangalorean representing Team Meco, Yash came second in the Championship with
3. Chirag Ghorpade: Chirag
came second in the final round but had to be content with the third position
with 399 points in the Championship. He represents team BPC.
Senior Max Category: This category is for racers above 17 years.
They also take part in the National Racing Championship in the LGB Formula 4
and EURO JK 16 (F2 Cars)
1. Ricky Donison: Ricky won
the Senior Max title with 413 points. He scored the maximum number of wins and
maximum number of pole position all through the championship. Ricky represents
team BPC Racing.
2. Vishnu Prasad: Vishnu came
fourth in the final round but still got away with the second position in the
championship with 408 points. He represents Team Meco Racing.
3. Nayan Chatterjee: Nayan
came second in the final round and finished third with 397 points in the
championship. He represents team Meco Racing.
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