Coimbatore's Arjun Narendran of Arka Motorsports underlined his superiority by scoring a double in the premier Indian Touring Cars category in the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT track near here today.
Narendran was off a great start from fourth position on the reverse grid as he made three places in the very first lap with bold overtaking to get his nose in front.
Balu finally worked his way into second spot, but after three laps, going into the Bridge Complex "S," the engine blew forcing him to retire.
It left Narendran all alone in the front as he crossed the finish line well ahead of team-mates Ashish Ramaswamy and N Leelakrishnan.
The second-place finish fetched Ramaswamy 18 more points that helped him maintain his championship lead with 101 points.
At the end of the triple-header this weekend, 19-year old Arjun Datta maintained his overall lead with 96 points after two rounds, ahead of Rangasamy (84), Parekh (68) and Sandeep Kumar (67).
With two more rounds and six races to be run in the coming weeks, the championship is wide open.
The first race in the MRF F1600 was a stop-go affair due to two stoppages following collisions and was reduced to a total of five laps.
Chennai-based Parekh, first runner-up in 2015 season before taking a two-year break, started fourth on the reverse grid and moved to the front with Sandeep Kumar and Nabil Hussain in close attendance.
The order remained unchanged as they crossed the finish line.
In contrast, the second MRF F1600 race ran its course of eight laps without incidents as 25-year old Rangasamy, starting from pole position, gradually pulled away from Parekh while behind them, Datta managed to hold off Sandeep Kumar to complete the podium.
Also achieving a double this weekend were Bengalurus Varun Anekar of Race Concepts (Super Stock), Vinod Subramaniam from Erode (Performance Racing) in the Esteem Cup and Goanese Chrys D'Souza (Unikek Racing) in the Indian Junior Touring Cars category.
The results (Provisional all 8 laps unless mentioned): MRF F1600 (Race 2, 5 laps):
The results (Provisional all 8 laps unless mentioned): MRF F1600 (Race 2, 5 laps): 1. Goutham Parekh (Chennai) (10mins, 35.884secs); 2. Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) (10:37.360); 3. Nabil Hussain (Chennai) (10:40.124).
Super Stock (Race 2): 1. Varun Anekar (Race Concepts) (15:56.865); 2. RP Rajarajan (Performance Racing) (16:27.612); 3. Prateek Benya (Race Concepts) (16:46.478).
Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race 2): 1. Chrys DSouza (Unimek Racing) (16:59.758); 2. Nikunj Wagh (Team N1) (17:11.890); 3. Prabhu AS (Arka Motorsports) (17:29.380).
Esteem Cup (Race 2): 1. Vinod Subramaniam (Team N1) (16:45.670); 2. Raghul Rangasamy (Performance Racing) (16:54.011).
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