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All-women's team to debut in JK Tyre racing nationals this weekend (Preview)

IANS  |  Coimbatore 

The is all set to witness history this weekend when an all-women's team debuts in the 21st edition of the prestigious JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship 2018 here.

The six ladies who have been selected after a nation-wide talent hunt will represent Ahura Racing, with a celebrity in the form of Manisha Kelkar leading the charge against the big boys of racing.

"We are proud to welcome an all-women's team into the JKNRC," Sanjay Sharma, head, said.

"We are confident that this will usher in a new trend, attracting many more ladies to motor "

As many as 25 top drivers, including last year's champion Chittesh Mandody (Avalanche Racing) and former winner (MSport), will fight for the top honours.

(Dark Don Racing), who finished just two points behind Chittesh last year, will also hope to do one better this time.

JKNRC's blue riband event the Euro JK 18 will pit the country's top 11 racers against each other, in what promises to be a fast and furious affair.

Last year's third-place finisher will begin as the favourite, with defending champion Anindith Reddy graduating to the international circuit.

The FB02's first female and the teenage duo of Yash Aradhya and Nirmal Uma Shankar are likely to emerge as the new challengers to experienced hands like Sri Lanka's and Manav Sharma.

In the two-wheelers' section, Joesph Matthew will return to defend his crown in the presents Gixxer Cup.

The Chennai was at his dominating best last season, winning the championship well before the fourth and final round, and will hope to continue his good run.

of Ahmedabad and Malsawmdawngliana of Aizawl will, however, be breathing down his neck.

Like last year, the Red Bull Road to Rookies' Cup will witness an active participation from the Northeast, with seven out of the nine riders coming from Aizawl.

The youngsters in the age category of 12-16 will aim to blaze the tracks and earn themselves an all-expenses paid trip to to represent at the mega event.



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First Published: Fri, July 06 2018. 16:52 IST