Teenager Ashwin Datta and veteran Arjun Balu hogged the limelight with a triple and a double at the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship at the Kari Motor Speedway here today.
Datta, a debutant in the MRF F1600 class, finished the weekend by winning all three races while Balu, 43, marked his return to racing after a five-year break by dominating the premier Indian Touring Cars class, where he won both races.
In the morning, Datta, who had won the first race of the triple-header yesterday, was off to a great start as he made up three places in the first lap before an incident brought out the safety car.
On the re-start, he wasted little time to ease past the front-runners and gradually opened up a commanding lead to emerge a creditable winner with Bengaluru teenager Yash Aradhya and Chennais Nabil Hussain following him.
Datta, in just his third full season of racing, having graduated from junior Formula competitions, won the third MRF F1600 race in the afternoon, this time from start to finish despite two safety car interruptions.
Earlier today, Datta, representing Momentum Motorsports, clinched his second podium in Formula LGB 1300 class races by finishing second behind Nabil Hussain (MSport) while Sohil Shah (MSport) came in third.
Incidentally, the trio won a race apiece in this weekends triple-header.
For Balu (Race Concepts), it was a memorable comeback this weekend.
Watched by his family, he started the race from fourth on the reverse grid, but quickly moved to second as the pack braked into Turn-1.
By the second lap, Balu had taken the lead when an incident brought the safety car out.
On re-start, the former champion stepped up the pace, unaware of the hectic battle raging behind him.
Ashish Ramaswamy (ARKA Motorsports), winner of two races in the first round in February, but a non-finisher in yesterdays first race, moved up from 11th to finish second, ahead of veteran B Vijayakumar (Prime Racing).
Later, Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts) from Bengaluru came up with a brilliant performance while winning the Super Stock race after starting from 13th on the grid.
Thereafter, it was a virtual one-horse race as Veeresh Prasad ran out winner by a fair distance ahead of Ravikumar and K Srinivas Teja (Performance Racing).
Mikhail Merchant (Team Game Over) from Mumbai and Mamallapurams Raghul Rangasamy (Performance Racing) took the honours in the Indian Junior Touring Cars and Esteem Cup categories that were run concurrently with Super Stock cars.
Starting eighth on the reverse grid, he showed impressive pace in winning today's second race from Affan Sadat Safwan Islam (Bangladesh) and Saurav Bandyopadhyay from Thane.
The race was reduced from the scheduled 15 to 12 laps following incidents that led to a red flag after five laps and a Safety Car period on re-start.
The results (Provisional, all 15 laps unless mentioned): MRF Formula 1600 (Race 2): 1. Ashwin Datta (Chennai) (17mins, 20.586secs); 2. Yash Aradhya (Bengaluru) (17:23.803); 3. Nabil Hussain (Chennai) (17:24.995).
SUPER STOCK RACE (RACE 2): 1. Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts) (19:00.180); 2. Deepak Ravikumar (Infinite Piston) (19:07.638);3.K Srinivas Teja(Performance Racing) (19:18.869).
INDIAN JUNIOR TOURING CARS (RACE 2): 1. Mikhail Merchant (Team Game Over) (20:08.939); 2. Kamlesh Parmar (Team N1) (20:14.901); 3. Prabhu AS (ARKA Motorsports) (19:15.470).
ESTEEM CUP (RACE 2): 1. Raghul Ramasamy (Performance Racing) (19:33.803); 2. Vinod S (Team N1) (19:39.926).
FORMULA LGB 1300 (Race 3): 1. Nabil Hussain (MSport) (17:25.704); 2. Ashwin Datta (Momentum Motorsports) (17:32. 692); 3. Sohil Shah (MSport) (17:32.936).
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