Akhil Rabindra led from start to finish to claim the first win of the season in the prestigious JK Racing India Series while Vishnu Prasad and Sailesh Bolisetti took honours in the other two races in Round I of JK Tyre Racing Championship, here today.
The day began with the qualifying races of the three categories. Akhil from Bangalore, Ajay Kini from Chennai representing Dark Don Racing team and Sailesh Bolisetti from Vizag led the pack in the qualifying races in the in JK Racing India Series, Formula LGB 4 & Volkswagen Vento Cup respectively.
Post the qualifying it was time for the pits to open for the first race of the championship which was the Race 1 of the Formula LGB 4. Throughout in the 15 laps race, it was a fight between Ajay Kini and Vishnu who raced bumper to bumper with each other.
At the end, it was Chennai lad Vishnu (Team Meco Racing) who managed to overtake Ajay and took the chequered flag followed by Ajay from Chennai (Team Dark Don Racing) and New Delhi's Rohit Khanna who had started from the tenth place
Race 1 of the JK Racing India Series had 11 Indian and 2 international race drivers scorch the track in the powerful JKFB02 cars. Akhil started off from the pole position and maintained his lead throughout the 15 laps race.
It was a fight for the second position as Dhruv Mohite who had started off from fourth place raced past other drivers and finished second. Vishnu Prasad could manage to graduate only to the third place while starting fifth given the tough competition. Due to technical glitch, Diljith, Sandeep Kumar, Akash Gowda & Krishnaraj Mahadik did not finish the race.
Making a shift from the Polo series, the Volkswagen Vento Cup put up a fantastic ride along the track. The grid of 22 drivers showcased an action-packed race day with the experienced Sailesh from Vishakhapatnam dominating the race.
Finishing second was Anindith Reddy Konda from Hyderabad and Karminder Singh from Delhi finished third.
This year, 60 rookie and seasoned drivers are competing against each other for the coveted title.