Anish Shetty, Viswas Vijayaraj top their respective categories on rain marred-opening day of National Racing Championship

Harpal Singh Bedi

JK Tyre Novice Cup Race 1 podium finishers – (from left) Joel Joseph (3rd), Aman Nagdev (1st), Aadithya Parasuram (2nd)

Coimbatore: Anish Shetty, Viswas Vijayaraj top their respective categories on rain-marred 2nd round of the 25th JK Tyre  National Racing Championship at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Saturday.

With Chennai-lad and tally topper Kyle Kumaran being absent from this round, MSport’s Aman Nagdev bettered  favourite  Aadithya Parasuram, who was second overall with 27 points, to finish at top of the podium, while DTS Racing’s Joel Joseph finished a close third.

LGB Formula 4 podium finishers – (from left) Tijil Rao (3rd) Viswas Vijayaraj (1st), Vishnu Prasad (2nd)

The LGB Formula 4 started as the second race of the day .After an exciting face-off braving the rainy track, it was Ahura Racing’s Viswas Vijayaraj who bettered defending champion Vishnu Prasad, to finish at top of the podium, while Tijil Rao secured the third spot at the LGB Formula 4.

With MSport’s Ruhaan Alva missing this round due to the World Motorsport Games in Marseille, and Arya Singh leading the overall tally, the race was up for surprises from the seasoned campaigners.

The Race 3 of Round 2  of JK Tyre Novice Cup turned out to be a fierce battle among the young racers and the table completely turned with Arjun Syam Nair from Momentum Motorsports claiming the top spot , while DTS Racing’s Vinith Kumar, and MSport’s Dhruvh Goswami followed at close 2nd and 3rd respectively.

With weather getting better  and the track drying up, the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup finally took off as the fourth and concluding race for Day one

 Seasoned campaigners Anish D Shetty and Allwin Xavier battled it out throughout the race,in which  10 professional and 15 amateur riders competed  on the grid . Although it was Anish who claimed the top spot   Navaneeth Kumar came 2nd, followed by Soorya PM at a close 3rd. 

Category-wise, Anish led  in the professional category, followed by Navaneeth at the 2nd and Allwin at the 3rd place. The Amateur category was headed  by Soorya PM, followed by Pradeep C at 2nd, and Ashish Patel at 3rd respectively.

Overall, it was a power-packed and surprise-filled Day 1 .It  had a rainy start, the weather turned pleasant by the second half.


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