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All-women racing team to compete in JK National Racing C'ship

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

An all-women professional racing team will be seen in action for the first time in the opening round of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship to start at the Kari Motor Speedway, here tomorrow.

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. We are confident that this will usher in a new trend, attracting many more ladies to motor sports, Sanjay Sharma, head, said.

As many as 25 top drivers, including last year's champion Chittesh Mandody and former winner will be fighting for top honours in this category. Sandeep Kumar, 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 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 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 North East, 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. 16:10 IST