Surya Varathan wins JK Tyre Novice Cup, while Datta and Mathew extend their lead in the Euro JK 18 and Gixxer Cup categories.
The penultimate round of the 2018 JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship concluded at theKari Motor Speedway in CoimbatorewithSurya Varathanwinning theNovice Cuptitle, whileAshwin DattaandJoseph Mathewcontinued to extend their lead in their respective categories. Here’s a rundown of what Round 3 served up in each of category:
Euro JK 18
Ashwin Dattawas just two points ahead of Nayan Chatterjeeafter Round 2, but capitalised on the latter retiring from the first race to further increase his championship lead. Starting from pole,Chatterjeehad a slow start and was passed by Karthik Tharani before the first turn. The duo thengot caught in a tangle midway through the race, forcing both of them off the tarmac.Tharani managed to recover but Nayan failed to finish, losing valuable pointsas Datta went on to win the race.
Tharaniwent on to win the next two races, which brought him right back into the championship battle and he now trails Datta in the standings by just six points. A third-place finish in Race 2 and a second-place finish in Race 3 keptChatterjee’schampionship hopes alive and he’s currently third in the overall standings, two points behindTharani
The final race of the weekendsaw a completely new set of podium finishers withNirmal Uma Shankarwinning the race ahead ofBrayan PereraandYash Aradhya.
Rohit Khanna started off Round 3 on a positive note by winning the first race, but things quickly went downhill for the driver on the next day; a 20-sec penalty dropped him from first to 13thplace in the second race, and he ended up retiring from the third race.Chittesh Mandody, meanwhile, had a strong day as he clinched victory in Races 2 and 3.
It wasn’t the best of weekends forVishnu Prasad, but he secured enough points to hold on to his championship lead by two points fromRaghul Rangasamy.
Joseph Mathewwas in top form and won both races over the weekend. While the first race was an easy win for the Chennai rider, it went right down to the wire in the second race.Mathewstarted the race cautiously,allowingMalsawmdawnglianato take the lead. He overtook him at the halfway stage only to see Malsawmdawngliana streak past him in the final lap, but ultimately managed to outwit his rival to win the race by a margin of just0.087sec.
This isMathew’s sixth straight victory in the three rounds and puts him firmly in line for another title.
1. Joseph Mathew (14:02.704); 2. Malsawmdawngliana (14:02.791); 3. Syed Muzamil Ali (14:13.359)
JK Tyre Novice Cup
TheThe JK Tyre Novice Cupsaw a dramatic turn of events after championship leaderHashim EKP,who had wonall theraces over the weekend,was disqualified as he had contravened the competition norms.This resulted inSurya Varathanclinchingthe championshipandTijil Raofinishing second overall.
The JKNational Racing Championship will now make its way to the Buddh International Circuit for its final round from November 16-18, 2018.
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