Keen contests are on the cards in the opening round of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship across various classes as unofficial practice got underway at the Meco Kartopia track in Bengaluru on Friday (June 3), marking the start of the 2016 Indian karting calendar.
The championship will comprise Micro Max (7-12 years), Junior Max (13-16 years) and Senior Max (above 15 years) categories, a press release from the organisers said.
Coming after a long gap since the final round of the 2015 championship in September, the drivers used the six unofficial practice sessions in each class to shake off the rust and get into the groove before Saturday’s official practice and qualifying sessions, the release further stated.
Defending Senior Max champion Ricky Donison is expected to face stiff competition from the likes of Dhruv Mohite, Vishnu Prasad, Nayan Chatterjee and last year’s Junior Max champion, Akash Gowda, who has moved up a category.
In Junior Max, Nirmal Umashankar is expected to be one of the frontrunners in the opening round along with Manav Sharma from Faridabad and local lads Paul Francis and Yash Aradhya. Mira Erada, the sole girl participant in the opening round of the championship, is also competing in this class.
In Micro Max, the fight at the front of the field is expected to be dominated by Bengaluru’s Ruhaan Alwa and Sahan Ali Mohsin from Agra.
“Since last year, the field has become quite competitive across all the classes. The unofficial timings hint that we will see close racing over the weekend. As more rubber goes down on the track, it will become faster,” Akbar Ebrahim of Meco Motorsports, the promoters of the championship, was quoted as saying in the release.