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Teenager Ashwin Datta scores triple; Balu, a double

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Teenager and veteran hogged the limelight with a triple and a double at the second round of the MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship at the here today.

Datta, a debutant in the 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 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

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 following him.

Datta, in just his third full season of racing, having graduated from junior Formula competitions, won the third F1600 race in the afternoon, this time from start to finish despite two interruptions.

Earlier today, Datta, representing Momentum Motorsports, clinched his second podium in Formula LGB 1300 class races by finishing second behind (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 out.

On re-start, the former champion stepped up the pace, unaware of the hectic battle raging behind him.

(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.

He cut through the field with ease and then, after chasing (Infinite Piston) for a few laps, made his move to hit the front.

Thereafter, it was a virtual one-horse race as Veeresh Prasad ran out winner by a fair distance ahead of Ravikumar and K (Performance Racing).

(Team Game Over) from Mumbai and Mamallapurams (Performance Racing) took the honours in the Indian Junior Touring Cars and Esteem Cup categories that were run concurrently with Super Stock cars.

Kolhapurs dominated the Ameo Cup double-header by achieving a double.

Starting eighth on the reverse grid, he showed impressive pace in winning today's second race from Affan Sadat Safwan Islam (Bangladesh) and 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. (Chennai) (17mins, 20.586secs); 2. (Bengaluru) (17:23.803); 3. Nabil Hussain (Chennai) (17:24.995).

RACE 3: 1. (Chennai) (20:00.619); 2. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) (20:03.107); 3. (Mamallapuram) (20:04.163).

INDIAN TOURING CARS (Race 2): 1. (Race Concepts) (21:00.044); 2. (Arka Motorsports) (21:06.030); 3. B Vijaya Kumar (21:09.814).

SUPER STOCK RACE (RACE 2): 1. Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts) (19:00.180); 2. (Infinite Piston) (19:07.638);3.K Srinivas Teja(Performance Racing) (19:18.869).

INDIAN JUNIOR TOURING CARS (RACE 2): 1. (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. (MSport) (17:25.704); 2. Ashwin Datta (Momentum Motorsports) (17:32. 692); 3. Sohil Shah (MSport) (17:32.936).

AMEO CUP (RACE 2, 12 laps): 1. (Kolhapur) (16:05.547); 2. Affan Sadat (Chittagong, Bangladesh) (16:10.334); 3. (Thane) (16:10.930).

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First Published: Sun, June 24 2018. 17:25 IST