Coimbatore, July 8: Sri Lanka’s Bryan Pereramade the most of slightly wet conditions to emerge the star of the day, winningtwo Euro JK 18 races in the 21st JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championshiphere on Sunday.
KarthikTharani, who won the laurels in this category on Saturday, however, made avaliant comeback in the fourth and final race to catch up with Perera as Round1 came to a thrilling finish.
Mumbai’sNayan Chatterjee stayed right behind the leaders by making the podium thrice onSunday, grabbing the second place twice and the third place once. AnotherChennai racer Ashwin Datta enjoyed a good run, finishing second in Race 4 andthird in Race 2 and 3.
In fact,Ashwin Datta has taken top position on the leader-board with 24 points,upstaging Perera and Tharani who have accumulated 23 points. Nayan has 20points.
The LGB 4too proved to be a tantalising affair, with Delhi’s Rohit Khanna and Chennai’sRaghul Rangsamy winning one race each. Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad had won Race 1on Saturday, to produce three different winners in the three races in thiscategory.
Vishnu andKolhapur’s Chittesh Mandody took the second and third places in both the racesto pick up valuable points. Vishnu, however, is ahead on points after Round 1with 22 in his kitty. Raghul and Rohit have 21 and 17 points.
In theSuzuki Gixxer Cup, Joseph Matthew continued his imperious run, remainingunbeaten over this weekend too. He finished the 10 laps in 14:16.799 minutes,recording his quickest time of 1:23.411 minutes in Lap 6 for his secondstraight victory.
SyedMuzamil Ali (Bengaluru) and Malsawmdawngliana (Aizawl), who hadfinished third and second last evening, swapped places in Race 2 to finish onthe same number of points.
Acarnival-like atmosphere reigned at the Kari Motor Speedway, with a big holidaycrowd turning up to enjoy the Race Day. Music, stunts and close races markedthe day, as the competitors gunned for glory.
The AhuraRacing team once again were greeted with the loudest cheers, with the fivegirls in red tackling the wet conditions with elan.
Theslippery track didn’t deter them, leading to a series of photo-finishes in allthe categories. Bryan Perera recorded the day’s fastest lap in Race 3, takingjust 1:00.279 minutes in his Euro JK 18 car.
Euro JK 18, Race 2: 1. Bryan Perera (Sri Lanka,15:22.568); 2. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai, 15:26.377); 3. Ashwin Datta (Chennai,15:29.942)
Euro JK 18, Race3: 1. Bryan Perera (Sri Lanka, 14:15.491); 2. Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai,14:17.269); 3. Ashwin Datta (Chennai, 14:23.294)
Euro JK 18, Race4: 1. Karthik Tharani (Chennai, 15:33.789); 2. Ashwin Datta (Chennai,15:34.334); Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai, 15:34.403)
LGB 4, Race 2:1. Rohit Khanna (Dark Don, 16:56.965); 2. Chittesh Mandody (Kolhapur,16:59.249); 3. Vishnu Prasad (MSport; 17:02.297)
LGB 4, Race 3:1. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport; 21:56.544); Chittesh Mandody (Kolhapur,21:57.698); 3. Vishnu Prasad (MSport; 21:59.430)
Suzuki GixxerCup, Race 2: 1. Joseph Matthew (Chennai; 14:16.799), 2. Syed Muzamil Ali(Bengaluru; 14:18.749); 3. Malsawmdawngliana (Aizawl; 14:19.951)
Red Bull Rookie,Race 2: 1. Zothanmawia (Aizawl; 14:36.129), 2. Jerome Vanlalrengpuia (Mizoram;15:04.514); 3. Andy Lalhmangaihsang (Aizawl; 15:13.476)
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