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Karthik Tharani Singh is 2015 MRF FF1600 champion

24 Aug 2015 / 0
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The final round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship ended this weekend at the MMRT in Chennai with quite a bit of drama. The round hosted seven races in total that ended the season.

Karthik Tharanisingh, winner of the MRF Formula Ford 1600 championship in the MMSC-Fmsci Indian National Racing Championship which concluded in Chennai on Sunday

Karthik Tharanisingh, winner of the MRF Formula Ford 1600 championship in the MMSC-Fmsci Indian National Racing Championship which concluded in Chennai on Sunday, August 23

Karthik Tharani Singh managed to steal the championship from Gautham Parekh by six points in the MRF FF 1600 Championship. In the first race, Parekh was quick right from the start and managed to get ahead of pole-sitter Tharani. Tharani, however, managed to keep the pressure on him by constantly staying on his tail. In the meantime, Arjun Narendran and C S Tejasram were fighting it out for third place, a couple of seconds behind the leaders. Parekh held the lead until halfway through the penultimate lap, he was involved in a racing incident with Tharani and retired due to a broken suspension. This accident cost Parekh the championship title and would have knocked him off the top three in the championship title if not for his impressive first place finish in the second race.

This race was held on a reverse grid basis, which meant that Parekh had to start eighth on the grid due to his DNF. Undeterred, he slowly started to make his way back up while Anshul Shah and Arjun Narendran, who started first and second on the grid, fought for first place. Eventually, Shah retired after a crash and out of nowhere Gautham Parekh came out of the corner in first place, with Narendran close behind. Parekh’s pace was much quicker and he slowly started to pull away. By this time, Tharani was third and had started chasing down Narendran. With a few laps left to go, he overtook him and finished second behind Parekh.

 Karthik Tharanisingh (centre), winner of the MRF FF1600 championship title, flanked by second placed Goutham Parekh (left) and third placed Arjun Narendran

Karthik Tharanisingh (centre), winner of the MRF FF1600 championship title, flanked by second placed Goutham Parekh (left) and third placed Arjun Narendran

Parekh, who was in the lead for the championship title before this weekend, finished second overall. “I’ve never had a DNF. This was my first,” a disappointed Parekh told me. He was all set to win the championship until that morning when he had to retire from the race.

Bengaluru’s Deepak Paul Chinnapa (No. 36) of Race Concepts team, battling Ashish Ramaswamy (Red Rooster Racing) on way to completing a double in the Indian Touring Cars class in the fifth and final round of the MMSC-Fmsci Indian National Racing Championship in Chennai on Sunday

Bengaluru’s Deepak Paul Chinnapa (No 36) of Race Concepts team, battling Ashish Ramaswamy (Red Rooster Racing) on the way to completing a double in the Indian Touring Cars class in the fifth and final round of the MMSC-FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship in Chennai on Sunday, August 23

In the Indian Touring Cars category, Arjun Narendran stole the show before the final round even started. By the end of the previous round, Narendran led the championship with 165 points and three races to spare while Ashish Ramaswamy, who was second, had just 82. In the final round, however, Narendran faced mechanical issues with his car and retired from the first race, while he finished fifth in the second one. Deepak Paul Chinnapa from Race Concepts won two out of three races this weekend, which earned him second place overall in the championship.

K E Kumar's car caught fire after his gearbox expoded in the third ITC race

K E Kumar’s car caught fire after his gearbox exploded in the third ITC race this weekend

The third ITC race was the most… eventful. The Red Rooster duo had to retire in the first lap. Ashish Ramaswamy, who tried to dodge Narendran as he spun out of the first corner, lost control and hit the barricade. Arjun and Deepak made contact and eventually, retired. This left four people on the track with C Rajaram from Prime Racing leading. On the fifth lap, KE Kumar’s car caught fire after his gearbox exploded near the last corner. The race was immediately red-flagged and the fire, which had now consumed the whole car, was being put out using every extinguisher on the track. After over 15 minutes, the fire finally died out and the remnants were lifted out of the track. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Red Rooster Racing’s Sidharth Balasundaram (No.11), winner of both the races in the Indian Junior Touring Cars category besides the championship in the class in the fifth and final round of the MMSC-Fmsci Indian National Racing Championship in Chennai on Sunday

Red Rooster Racing’s Sidharth Balasundaram (No 11), winner of both the races in the Indian Junior Touring Cars category and the champion of the class, in the fifth and final round of the MMSC-Fmsci Indian National Racing Championship in Chennai on Sunday

In the Indian Junior Touring Cars class, Sidharth Balasundaram from Red Rooster Racing took the title with two wins and a third-place podium finish this round. Varun Anekar of Race Concepts took the title in the Super Stock category, while the LGB 1300 class saw Mohit Aryan of Anish Racing win the championship.

Peter Allnut, the chief engineer who kept the FF 1600 cars running, had said, “This was one of the best seasons. Up until this morning, any of four drivers could have been champion (in the FF 1600 category) and then after the first race, it could have been any of three (referring to Gautham Parekh’s retirement).”

An eventful weekend, overall.

 

RESULTS

Day 1

Indian Touring Cars

Race-1 (8 Laps)

  1. Deepak Paul Chinnapa (Race Concepts) (15:38.170)
  2. C Rajaram (Prime Racing) (15:41.295)
  3. B Vijay Kumar (Prime Racing) (15:51.890)

Formula LGB 1300

Race-1 (10 Laps)

  1. Mohit Aryan (Anish Racing) (19:42.841)
  2. Raghul Rangasamy (Wallace Sports) (19:46.841)
  3. Chetan Korada (Wallace Racing) (19:49.748)

Day 2

MRF FF1600:

Race-1 (12 laps)

  1. Karthik Tharani Singh (Chennai) (24:54.502)
  2. CS Tejasram (Chennai) (24:59.078)
  3. Arjun Narendran (Coimbatore) (24:59.888)

Race-2 (15 laps)

  1. Goutham Parekh (Chennai) (25:59.348)
  2. Karthik Tharani Singh (Chennai) (26:00.541)
  3. Arjun Narendran (Coimbatore) (26:11.650)

Indian Touring Cars

Race-2 (8 laps)

  1. Deepak Paul Chinnapa (Race Concepts) (18:00.216)
  2. Ashish Ramaswamy (Red Rooser Racing) (18:01.045)
  3. Sivaramakrishnan (Red Rooster Racing) (1:15.782)

Race-3 (7 laps)

  1. C Rajaram (Prime Racing) (13:46.446)
  2. Sivaramakrishnan (Red Rooster Racing) (13:54.199)
  3. G Sidhartha Kishore (Performance Racing) (14:02.357)

Indian Junior Touring Cars

Race-1 (8 laps)

  1. Siddharth Balasundaram (Red Rooster Racing) (21:02.870)
  2. Fahad Kutty (Team Game Over) (21:02.913)
  3. Anant Pithawalla (Team N1) (21:16.113)

Race-2 (10 laps)

  1. Siddharth Balasundaram (Red Rooster Racing) (20:59.395)
  2. Fahad Kutty (Team Game Over) (20:59.831)
  3. Biren Pithawalla (Team N1) (21:18.191)

Super Stock

Race-1 (10 laps)

  1. Kashif Kapadia (Team Game Over) (21:45.031)
  2. Chandresh N Tolia (Team Game Over) (21:45.960)
  3. Abhinay Bikkani (Race Concepts) (21:47.810)

Race-2(10 laps)

  1. Abhinay Bikhani (Race Concepts) (21:36.001)
  2. Varun Anekar (Race Concepts) (21:44.106)
  3. Chandresh N Tolia (Team Game Over) (21:50.121)

Formula LGB 1300

Race-2 (10 laps)

  1. Raghul Rangasamy (Wallace Sports) (19:55.370)
  2. Mohit Aryan (Anish Racing) (19:55.748)
  3. Sudanand Daniel (Anish Racing) (20:02.147)

CHAMPIONSHIP

MRF FF1600:

  1. Karthik Tharani Singh – 193 points
  2. Gautham Parekh – 187 points
  3. Arjun Narendran – 170 points

Indian Touring Cars:

  1. Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Racing) – 171 points
  2. Deepak Paul Chinnapa (Race Concepts) -127 points
  3. C Rajaram (Prime Racing) – 116 points

Indian Junior Touring Cars:

  1. Siddarth Balasundaram (Red Rooster Racing) – 213 points
  2. Fahad Kutty (Team Game Over) -187 points
  3. Anant Pithawala (Team N1) – 104 points

Super Stock

  1. Abhinay Bikhani (Race Concepts) – 133 points
  2. Varun Anekar (Race Concepts) -129 points
  3. Chandresh N Tolia (Team Game Over) – 102 points

Formula LGB 1300

  1. Mohit Aryan (Anish Racing) -125 points
  2. Chetan Korada (Wallace Sports) – 108 points
  3. Raghul Rangasamy (Wallace Sports) – 91 points


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