Chirag, Arjun reign supreme in 2nd round

Teenagers, spearheaded by Bengaluru’s Chirag Ghorpade, took the honours in the MRF F1600 race in the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship at the MMRT, here on Saturday
Chirag, Arjun reign supreme in 2nd round
Chirag Ghorpade is all smiles after his triumph in the MRF1600 race


Chirag (13:32.919) held off Agra’s Shahan Ali Mohsin (13:34.252), another 17-year-old, for his maiden win in the category while Rishon Rajiv (13:35.164) of Bengaluru, 16, finished third in the eight-lap race. The trio of youngsters was in a league of its own, in a field that had quite a few experienced drivers.
“It was a tough contest when Shahan caught up with me, but I realised that he was unable to narrow the gap any further. So, I dictated the pace,” said Chirag, who had qualified for pole position. Veteran and defending champion Arjun Balu (15:19.312) of Race Concepts was in imperious form throughout as he won the premier Indian Touring Cars race from pole position with ease.
Anindith Reddy (15:46.386) and Jeet Jhabakh (15:54.693), two Rayo Racing drivers, finished a distant second and third respectively. Performance Racing’s Deepak Ravikumar (16:09.974) and Varun Anekar (16:04.162) of Race Concepts topped in the Super Stock and Indian Junior Touring Cars respectively.
Pole-sitter Viswas Vijayaraj (11:14.406), representing DTS Racing, emerged a facile winner in the Formula LGB 1300 race that was marred by a red flag stoppage following a series of crashes, reducing it to just five laps. Fahad Kutty (Red Line Racing) and A Balaprasath (Quest Motorsport) shared the top honours in the two MRF Saloon Cars (Toyota Etios) races wit

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