Chennai's Ashwin Datta stole the show in the second round of JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship here Sunday, setting the stage for a thrilling three-way tussle for supremacy in the Euro JK 2018 category.
He posted the fastest timing in the qualifiers over the two rounds of Red Bull Road to Rookies.
He finished on 32 points along with PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga, who won the second race.
Level on 43 points each before the weekend's final race, Ashwin proved to be the man with nerves of steel.
He won the morning race and claimed the second place in the afternoon to take a wafer thin lead of one point, with 50 points in his kitty.
Mumbai's Nayan Chatterjee surged to the second place by amassing 29 points over the weekend.
He struggled with his car but still managed to finish second in Race 3.
He began on P10 in Race 4 and moved to the fifth before inching up to the third place.
He now has 49 points after his two victories on first day.
Karthik Tharani is right behind them with 48 points.
The seasoned Vishnu (MSport) began with yet another commanding performance in the LGB 4 Sunday.
Starting from P7, thanks to the reverse grid, he quickly made his way past the traffic to clinch Race 2 with 5.9 seconds to spare.
Vishnu went for the kill in the final lap and dislodged Rohit but couldn't deny the wily Rangasamy a much-deserved victory.
Rohit took the third place in both the races.
But Ashwin was slapped a 10-second penalty for avoidable collision, which saw him tumbling down to the eighth place.
Chennai's Joseph Mathew continued his unbeaten run in the Gixxer Cup, winning his fourth race on the trot.
Syed Muzammil Ali and Malasawmdawnglama took the other two places on the podium.
Results (Provisional): Euro JK 18: Race 3: 1. Ashwin Datta; 2. Nayan Chatterjee; 3. Karthik Tharani.
Race 4: 1. Brayan Perera; 2. Ashwin Datta; 3. Nayan Chatterjee.
Race 3: 1. Raghul Rangasamy; 2. Vishnu Prasad; 3. Rohit Khanna.
Suzuki Gixxer Cup: 1. Joseph Matthew; 2. Syed Muzammil Ali; 3. Malasawmdawnglama.
JK Tyre Novice Cup: 1. Tijil Rao (Momentum Motorsports, Bangalore); 2. Huzaifa Tinwala (Prudent Motorsports, Ahmedabad); 3. Yokeshwaran Krishnavelu (MSport, Coimbatore). Red Bull Road To Rookies: 1. PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga; 2. Jerome Vanlalrengpuia; 3. Eshaan Shankar.
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