The second round of the MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship came to an end this weekend, with Karthik Tharani and G Vikash Anand taking double wins on Day 1 and 2, respectively in the MRF FF1600 championship. Tharani, who had managed a double win in the first round that was held in January, was the fastest in both practice sessions, but managed to qualify second behind Anand for the first race. However, with a good start, he managed to take the lead and win the race.
Karthik Tharani (16) who scored a double win in the MRF FF1600 championship
Tharani started fourth on a reverse grid in Race 2, and although he lost a position, he made up for it before the Safety Car was deployed. Soon after that, race leader Raghul Rangasamy spun out, and Tharani saw his chance and took the win.
Day 2 didn't go as well for Tharani as he was penalised with a 30 second penalty for causing avoidable collision," which pushed him from third to eighth. In the second race, he only managed a ninth place finish. Meanwhile, Vikash Anand saw his chance and took his first and second win of the season.
Vikash Anand taking his second win of the season in the MRF FF1600 championship
I am at a loss for words. It has been a year and a half since I raced and I am surprised how competitive I have been since yesterday. It was a great battle with Goutham Parekh - a clean, fair fight - and I am overjoyed to win on the last lap," said Anand on his double win.
Arjun Narendran (14) leading Race 1 of the Indian Touring Car championship
In the Indian Touring Car championship, Arjun Narendran of Red Rooster Racing took first place in Race 1 ahead of team-mate, N Leelakrishnan and Deepak Paul Chinnappa of Race Concepts. In Race 2 however, Chinnappa took the win ahead of the Narendran and Leelakrishnan. The Indian Junior Touring Car championship saw Anant Pithawalla score a double win, while Keith DeSouza finished third in Race 1 and second in Race 2. In the Super Stock class, Dean Mascarenhas took first in Race 1, ahead of Veeresh Prasad and Alisha Abdullah. In Race 2 however, Veeresh managed get past Mascarenhas to take first place.
Raghul Rangasamy (99) maintaining his lead in the LGB 1300 race
Raghul Rangasamy meanwhile, won all three LGB 1300 races this round, while CS Tejas Ram took second in Race 1 and 3. Alex Bora finished third in the same races and second in Race 2.
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Super Stock Race 2 (10 laps):