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Bengaluru teen triumphs at National racing C'ship


Chennai, Sep 8 (IANS ) Sohil Shah, a 17-year-old schoolboy from Bengaluru, scripted a fairytale finish to his debut season by emerging the champion in the highly competitive 1300 category in the MMSC fmsci Indian National Racing Championship here on Saturday.

Joining Sohil as a National champion was Prabhu AS (Arka Motorsports) from Namakkal, who took the title in the Indian Junior Touring Cars class.

In the decisive final race today, Prabhu had finished second behind his title rival (Unimek Racing) from but the latter was docked a 30-second penalty for causing a collision, which pushed him to second, while Surat's Nikunj Vagh (Team N1) was elevated to third spot.

Prabhu finished with 103.5 points to D'Souza's 95.5.

Meanwhile, Raghul Rangasamy moved a step closer to his dream of winning the F1600 championship as he finished second behind Mumbai's and took his tally of points to 152 which put him 14 clear of who finished third in the race.

The Championship, whose winner becomes eligible to participate in the Road To Indy Shootout in the later this year, will be decided on Sunday when two more races are run with a maximum of 50 points available.

Later, (Race Concepts) moved within 13 points of leader (Arka Motorsports) from Bengaluru by winning the Indian Touring Cars class race with surprising ease.

Balu, hailing from and returning to racing after a five-year break, made capital of his pole position start to win by nearly 13 seconds with Ramaswamy finishing second after getting past team-mate who slowed down considerably in the last lap due to handling issues, as he put it.

It meant, going into Sunday's last race, Ramaswamy leads Balu 149-136 with 25 points on offer.

Sohil (M Sport) finished second in the race behind Balaprasath (DTS Racing) but the 18 points he thus earned saw him finish on top in the category with 154 points, just four clear of Chennai's 19-year old (Momentum Motorsport) in the final championship standings.

Sohil, who led Ashwin 136-135 after Friday's Race 1, made sure he finished ahead of his rival in Saturday's outing to secure

"This is my first season in a National Championship and to win a title, it feels fantastic. In Saturday's race, I knew I had to finish in front of Ashwin (Datta) to seal the championship, but it was tough," said Sohil, a 12th standard student of Delhi Public School, Bengaluru.

"I had some issues with the engine and Ashwin was catching up with me, but I managed to stay in front," he added.

The F1600 race saw Chatterjee off to a good start and gradually pulling away from the chasing pack. Through the eight laps of the race, Chatterjee maintained steady pace to won by a handsome margin, while Rangasamy, with an eye on the championship, was content to come in second ahead of his arch-rival Parekh.

Three Indian entries, B Vijayakumar (Coimbatore), and MR Dastur, both from Chennai, qualified in that order for Sunday's Race 1 in the Caterham 7 Asia Zonal Championship double-header while a fourth home driver, (Salem) took the sixth spot on the grid.

Sandwiched between the home entrants were and

Incidentally, it was the maiden drive in the for Vijayakumar, and Sai while Chandhok had two podium finishes in the previous round last weekend.

Meanwhile, France's Alessandro Ghiretti, winner of two of the three races last weekend, warmed up for Sunday's triple-header in the Formula 4 South-East Championship by grabbing pole position ahead of Muizz Musyaffa (Malaysia) and (UK).



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First Published: Sat, September 08 2018. 19:28 IST