A thrilling climax will be on offer as the fifth and final round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship gets underway at the MMRT here on Friday.
Apart from that, there will be double-headers in the saloon cars and Formula LGB 1300 categories, besides three races slated for the Volkswagen Ameo Class.
The MRF F1600 grid is packed with a bunch of talented youngsters who have progressed from karting to single-seaters with a series of impressive performances. After winning three consecutive races, Bengaluru’s 18-year-old Sohil Shah (M Sport) leads the pack with 83 points.
Sohil has an 18-point cushion on second-placed Nayan Chatterjee from Mumbai, with Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad (58) and Sandeep Kumar (56), and Coimbatore’s A Bala Prasath (55) not far behind. The two classes in the saloon cars category – the Indian Touring Cars (ITC) and Super Stock – are also finely poised for a close finish.
Coimbatore veteran Arjun Balu (148 points), driving the Race Concepts-prepared Honda City Vtec, comfortably leads Kolhapur’s Dhruv Shivaji Mohite (119), who is one of the three Volkswagen factory-supported Vento drivers. Another Coimbatore challenger, Nikanth Ram (Arka Motorsport), is placed third with 93 points.
Bengaluru’s Rithvik Thomas (Race Concepts) and local lad RP Raja Rajan (Performance Racing) will be going head-to-head for the title in the Super Stock category with just 17 points separating the two. Thomas leads with 172 points to Rajan’s 155, both having won four races apiece. Chennai’s 20-year old Ashwin Datta (Momentum Motor Sports) is best-placed to seal the championship in the Formula LGB 1300 as he leads Sohil by 50 points, needing just one point from this weekend’s two races to clinch the title.