On a day that internationally
renowned stunt driver Terry Grant dazzled Coimbatore’s racing fans, Anindith
Reddy of Hyderabad emerged as a star himself, springing to the top of the
ladder in the Euro JK 16 event at the 19th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing
Championship in Coimbatore on Sunday, October 9, 2016. He now shares the lead
with Ananth Shanmugam in the tussle for the title with 76 points.
LGB Formula 4 racer Vishnu
Prasad and JK Touring Cars star Asish Ramaswamy too made it a special weekend
for themselves by winning all their races over the two days and consolidating
their championship positions.
The day, however, belonged to
world record holder Terry, who along with India’s own heroes Hari Singh,
Rohitaaz Singh and Sunny Kumar, unveiled a series of stunts that had the fully
packed Kari Motor Speedway arena screaming for more. The UK stuntman effortlessly
tilted his car and drove on only the two right side wheels that looked
impossible, even funny, in movies.
A sequence of 360 degree
turns, including a few around a brave female model standing on the track, left
the spectators agape.
“It was amazing, especially
the way the Coimbatore people responded,” Terry said later.
On the track though, it was
Anindith who had the most amazing weekend, winning as many as three races to
pick up a staggering 38 points. He missed out on only one race, managing a
second in a thrilling race on Sunday morning. After being unbeatable on
Saturday he showed just a hint of nerves on Sunday morning, before recovering
his poise to win the last race.
Bangalore’s Ananth added 28
points to his kitty to turn the Euro JK 16 into a three-way fight for the
title. Nayan Chatterjee, the overnight leader, is at third place with 73
points, just three adrift of the current champions. Mumbai’s Nayan managed only
three fourth-place finishes to garner just 15 points in Round 3. His car slowly
wilted away as the weekend unravelled, eventually failing to even finish the
Vishnu of Meco Racing, who has
been in impeccable form over the weekend, completed a hat-trick of victories by
adding the two LGB races on Sunday to his earlier conquests. He is on 66 points
in the championship race now, perhaps just one win away in the final round.
Chennai’s Vishnu comfortably
won the day’s opening race but had to be at his defensive best to pull it off
in the second one. Raghul Rangasamy, also of Meco, pushed him all the way till
the end, crossing the chequered flag just .023 seconds behind him. Raghul took
the third place in the morning race for a cumulative tally of 51 points. He added a cool 22 points over the
Saran Vikram of Privateer and
Rohit Khanna of Dark Don Racing are on third and fourth places with 37 and 35
Asish Ramaswamy of Red Rooster
Performance, who had already pocketed the JK Touring Cars title on Saturday,
maintained his winning streak to underline his supremacy. The Bangalore racer
has amazingly won all six races in his category to be sitting on a
unsurpassable tally of 120 points.
Results (Day two)
Euro JK 16 (15 laps)
Race one: 1. Karthik Tharani (19:02.151); 2. Anindith Reddy
(19:02:590); 3. Ananth Shanmugam (19:04.590)
Race two: 1. Anindith Reddy (17:20.512); 2. Ananth Shanmugam
(17:22.979); 3. Mohammed Nalwalla (17:23.637)
LGB Formula 4 (15 laps)
Race one: 1. Vishnu Prasad (19:58.255); 2. Rohit Khanna
(20:04.138); 3. Raghul Rangasamy (20:04:153)
Race two: 1. Vishnu Prasad (19:57.081); 2. Raghul Rangasamy
(19:57:104); 3. Rohit Khanna (20:00.104)
JK Touring Cars:
Race one (10 laps): 1. Asish Ramaswamy (12:43.557); 2. Radha
Selvarajan (12:44.581); 3. Deepak Chinnappa (12:46.306)