Chennai, Jul 9 (PTI) Honda Ten10 Racing team riders Rajiv Sethu and Mithun Kumar hogged the limelight with a terrific show even as Amarnath Menon of Gusto Racing achieved a grand double in the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship here today.
The 18-year old Sethu, who also enjoyed a double win, led a 1-2 finish in the premier Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) class with Mathana Kumar and the team swept all three podium spots in the Pro-Stock (up to 165cc) category.
Equally impressive was 21-year old Amarnath Menon from Kozhikode who extended his domination in the Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) class to repeat his performance of the first round at Coimbatore last month. Menon, thus, has won all four races in his class.
Peddu Sri Harsha (Sparks Racing) survived an incident- filled Stock (up to 165cc) race that boasted a grid of 39 riders and was red-flagged after two laps following a series of crashes.
Much of the focus today was on the Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) and the Pro-Stock (up to 165cc) classes which were run on a combined grid. Like in the first outing on Saturday, Sethu rode a well-judged race. Starting from pole, Sethu yielded ground to reigning champion Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) who made a daring pass on the left-hander in the Bridge Complex only to crash out at Turn-4.
Jagan’s exit came a lap after his team-mate KY Ahamed who was shadowing Sethu had crashed. It gave Sethu a clean run up front and he opened up a gap. For a comfortable win ahead of team-mate Mathana Kumar while Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) finished third.
"I had a tough fight with Jagan initially and after he passed me at the Bridge Complex, I decided to bide my time before trying to regain the lead. But he crashed soon after and I broke free to win,” said Sethu who through meditation has learnt to reign in his aggression and impatience.
Mithun Kumar more than compensated for a horrendous first race where he finished sixth after starting last on the grid due to an errant bike, by destroying the Pro-Stock field for his third win in four races. His team-mates Anish D Shetty and Aravind Balakrishnan, winner of the first race yesterday, came in second and third, respectively.
"I was very disappointed yesterday when my bike had some electrical issues. Today, I started from pole and managed to open up a big lead. In the latter half of the race, I decided to play safe and just cruised,” said Mithun.
Coimbatore, Jul 9 (PTI) Chennai's Vishnu Prasad and Kolhapur's Chittesh Mandody did the star turn in the opening round of the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, completing a clean sweep in their primary races at the Kari Motor Speedway here today.
Vishnu had his task cut out in the morning, in front of a packed crowd including 500 school children, with the reverse grid coming into play in the Euro JK 17. He began at P6, that too behind the two drivers who were on his tail all through Saturday: Nayan Chatterjee (P5) and Anindith Reddy (P4).
That, however, didn't deter him as he waited for his opportunity to storm past a determined Vikash Anand who started on pole. He was unstoppable, thereafter, showing amazing pace, calm and control under pressure.
It was expectedly easier for him in the fourth and last Euro JK race of the day, as he had the advantage of starting in front of the pack. He clocked the fastest lap of the day (1:01.246 minutes), finally getting the better of Anindith Reddy who had been the quickest racer until then.
Anindith made up two places, starting from P4, to take the second position for a fairly rewarding opening round. Nayan Chatterjee also grabbed his third podium, by keeping pace with Anindith.
It was an exciting day for Coimbatore's motor sports' fans, with music, stunts and high speed action being the order of the day.
The races, however, proved to be the show stealer, with the day's second LGB4 race claiming the top honours. Kolhapur's Chittesh Mandody and Vishnu Prasad were engaged in a neck and neck battle, exchanging the lead in a series of daring moves.
The race itself saw two restarts, one of them owing to a collision that even saw a car flying in the air. Chennai's Saran Vikram added further to the drama in the closing laps, joining the duo to make it a three-way clash as the chequered flag beckoned.
In the end, Mandody prevailed with his bull-headedness while Vishnu had to make do with the second place. Saran settled for the last place on the podium, perhaod ruing not making the big break.
Earlier in the day, Mandody made light of his P7 start to romp home for his second consecutive victory in the LGB4.
In the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, another Chennai racer emerged on top, with Joseph Mathew proving to be uncatchable for the second successive day. Aizawl's Malsawmdawngliana and Lalmawipuia claimed the second and third positions.
In the JK Tyre Red Bull Road to Rookie Cup, Sri Lanka's Jaden Gunawardena continued his winning run, outclassing the field once again. Jaden clocked fast times in each of the 8 laps, to finish the race in just 11:47.188 minutes, a full 3.235 seconds ahead.
Chennai's Varoon S spoiled the Aizawl wonder kids' party by streaking to the second place, pushing Lalhruaizela and Lalnunsanga to lower positions.
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