The second round of the JK Tyre Rotax Max National Karting Championship was held at Chicane Circuit in Hyderabad over the weekend. While Day One was the apt prelude to the Pre-final and Final races, Day Two was the when the field was in attack mode, daggers drawn.
Meco Racing’s Arjun Nair won the Pre-final of the Micro Category after starting in pole. He, however, could not repeat the feat in the Final Race, crossing the line in third. Ruhaan Alva of BPC Racing managed to cross the finish line in P1, ahead of Round One winner, Shahan Ali Mohsin .
The Junior Category was also a scene comprising of closely fought battles. The Pre-final was hotly contested amongst Rayo Racing teammates, Aanjan Patodia, Mrinal Chatterjee and Mohammed Nalwalla.
Aanjan Patodia started on pole and quickly sped away with Mrinal and Mohammed in hot pursuit. The trio were racing their hearts out as the battle for the lead intensified with each passing lap. Mohammed Nalwalla was the fastest in the trio and the youngsters overtook Mrinal with a few laps to go. Mohammed then began charging towards Aanjan and made a daring move on the inside of a corner, a last ditch attempt with two laps to go. The duo touched but Mohammed managed to stay on his line and emergency ahead of Aanjan, eventually crossing the finish line in first.The Final Race of the Junior Category was when Rayo Racing’s Mrinal Chatterjee made a comeback. Beginning on P3, Mrinal made a blazing start to quickly attain P1. He went on to win the race with his team Mohammed Nalwalla crossing the line on third. Akash Gowda of Team Meco Racing finished second.
The races in the Senior Category were the most intense with the pace shown by the youngsters, highlighting the immense talent that these youngsters harbour. In the Pre-finals, seven former champions battled hard for the lead. Ricky Donison of BPC Racing won the race with Chittesh Mandody in third. The star of the race, however, was Ameya Bafna of Rayo Racing. The talented racer charged ahead after starting in P12, keeping his head down and focusing on his overtaking moves. He finished the race on P2, showcasing the never give up attitude that a racer ought to possess.
The Final race of the Senior Category saw Ricky repeat his Pre-final success. He was unchallenged throughout the race after starting on pole. Chittesh Mandody finished second and Ameya Bafna finished in third.
The next round of the JK Tyre Rotax Max Karting Championship will be held in Coimbatore in August.
Micro Max (15 laps):
1. Ruhaan Alva – 14:01.525
2. Shahan Ali Mohsin – 14:05.572
3. Arjun S Nair – 14:11.497.
Junior Max (18 laps):
1. Mrinal Chatterjee – 15:23.613
2. Akash Gowda – 15:25.669
3. Mohammed Nallwalla – 15:28.890.
Senior Max (20 laps):
1. Ricky Donison – 16:52.977
2. Chittesh Mandody – 16:56.480
3. Ameya Bafna- 16:58.615.
Micro Max (12 laps):
1. Arjun S Nair – 11:35.855
2. Chirag Ghorpade – 11:37.643
3. Ruhaan Alva – 12:22.664.
Junior Max (15 laps):
1. Mohammad Nallwala – 13:09.481
2. Aanjan Patodia – 13:11.491
3. Mrinal Chatterjee – 13:11.973.
Senior Max (18 laps):
1. Ricky Donison – 15:20.816
2. Ameya Bafna – 15:29.592
3. Chittesh Mandody – 15:30.220
Mrinal, Ricky & Ruhaan win Round 2
|Shamirpet, Hyderabad : Round 2 of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship continued here at the Chicane Circuit under hot conditions. After the heats, it was Rayo Racing’s Aanjan Patodia who started on pole for the heats, in the Junior category. A good start saw Aanjan pull away & build up a small gap. He was followed by his Rayo Racing team mate – Mrinal Chatterjee. However it was Mohammed Nalwalla, also from Rayo Racing who had the pace & soon overtook Mrinal. With a couple of laps left, Mohammed dived down the inside of Aanjan & the 2 racers made contact, Mohammed emerging ahead to win the pre final, ahead of Aanjan. Mrinal maintained his 3rd place to make it 1-2-3 for Rayo Racing.
The senior pre final proved to be the most exciting of the day. Intense battles were seen throughout the grid which included 7 former champions. Ricky Donison of BPC racing started on pole & ran away to win the pre final. Ameya Bafna of Rayo Racing had a blistering race as he climbed from 12th on the grid to finish 2nd. He was followed Chittesh Mandody of Darkdon Racing.
In the finals, it was Rayo Racing 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the start of the juniors. Mrinal Chatterjee made a fantastic start from 3rd to bag the lead. He slowly pulled away as Aanjan Patodia in 2nd lost his position to Rayo Racing team mate Mohammed. Eventually it was Mrinal who won the race for Rayo Racing, ahead of Akash Gowda of Meco Racing. Mohammed was 3rdon the list for Rayo Racing.
In the final of the seniors, Ricky Donison drove a splendid race from start to finish. Never under threat at any point of time he won the race for BPC racing ahead of Chittesh Mandody of Darkdon. Reigning National Champion – Ameya Bafna of Rayo Racing was third.
The Micro category saw Arjun Nair of Meco Racing start from pole & win the pre final ahead of Chirag Ghorpade & Ruhaan Alva of BPC. In the finals though, Ruhaan emerged triumphant ahead of Shahan Mohsin & Arjun Nair, both from Meco Racing.
“It feels great to win my maiden race in the National Championship. I have put in a lot of hard work on my fitness & the results are paying off. I hope to continue to do well” said an ecstatic Mrinal, a student of Rustomjee Cambridge, Mumbai.
Round 3 of the series will be conducted in Coimbatore in August.