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AMITTRAJIT GHOSH WINS THE COVETED MRF 42nd K1000 RALLY 2016

Bengaluru, 18th December 2016: Amittrajit Ghosh and Ashwin Naik pulled out all the stops to win the coveted MRF 42nd K1000 Rally 2016 in Bengaluru with an overall time of 00.51.40.2. This is the second time that the Team Mahindra Adventure driver has won India’s oldest rally in the country; the last one being in 2013.

This was the second podium for Amittrajit post his win at the MRF Rally of Coimbatore in the month of July 2016. He said “Feels very nice to end the season with a win and having the most number of wins this season. We will come back better and stronger in 2017”.

The first runner up and the second runner up of the MRF 42nd K1000 Rally 2016 were Phalguna V and Rahul Kanthraj with an overall time of 00:53:38.1 and 00:54:30.5 respectively

Amidst several championship contenders coming into the final round, Gaurav Gill of Team Mahindra Adventure failed to finish the rally when he had driveshaft failure in SS 1. Arjun Rao also failed to finish the event while running third due to gearbox failure.

Mr. Arindam Ghosh, Director, RRPM, who are the promoters of the MRF FMSCI INRC and IRC, said: “It has been a lovely year of rallying and it can only get better from here. We promise to bring back an even better championship next year”.

Abhilash PG and Srikant Gowda took overall honors in the MRF FMSCI Indian Rally Championship (IRC), run concurrently with the INRC, completing the event in a total time of 00:54:31.4, 00:04:57.0 ahead of Mohammed Kasim A.A and Sanath G. Ritesh.M.Guttedar and Sheraz Ahmed were third with a time of 01:00:00.9.

It must be noted that the INRC and IRC are two separate championships and their results are not clubbed together or compared as they run distinctively different vehicles. The INRC is for two-wheel drive Indian vehicles only while four-wheel drive foreign vehicles are allowed to compete in the IRC.

The K1000 Rally is running in its 42nd year. The name K1000 is attributed to the 1000 mile (1600kms) rally that used to run in the mid 80s. As part of the INRC calendar now, the rally spans across 104 kms through 6 stages around the village of Hosadurga that is known to have rich deposits of iron ore and manganese.

Amittrajit and Ashwin took home Rs. 50,000/- in prize money.

The prize money and trophies for the podium finishers were handed out by patrons of the Karnataka Motor Sports Club.

The prize winners for the different categories are as follows:

OVERALL INRC WINNERS

3- Place Rahul Kanthraj (Driver) Vivek Y. Bhatt (Co-Driver) CNo: 8
2- Place Phalguna V. Urs (Driver) Chandramouli C.M (Co-Driver) CNo: 6
1- Place Amittrajit Ghosh (Driver) Ashwin M. Naik (Co-Driver) CNo: 2
WINNERS OF IRC
3- Place Ritesh.M.Guttedar (Driver) Sheraz Ahmed (Co-Driver) CNo: 20
2- Place Mohammed Kasim A.A (Driver) Sanath G (Co-Driver) CNo: 16
1- Place Abhilash P.G (Driver) Srikant Gowda G.M (Co-Driver) CNo: 1
WINNERS OF FMSCI CUP
3- Place Ganapathy S C (Driver) Venu Ramesh Kumar (Co-Driver) CNo: 21
2- Place Krishnakant Yadav (Driver) Sagar M (Co-Driver) CNo: 25
1- Place Sridhar N Urs (Driver) Roopesh B C (Co-Driver) CNo: 23

WINNERS OF GYPSY CUP

3- Place Nayan J Sarma (Driver) Shuchindra S.P (Co-Driver) CNo: 29
2- Place Shiva Kumar Reddy (Driver) Vinay Prasad B.K. (Co-Driver) CNo: 32
1- Place Sanjay Agarwal (Driver) Smitha N (Co-Driver) CNo: 28

WINNERS OF INRC 2000

3- Place Aroor Vikram Rao (Driver) Jeevarathinam J (Co-Driver) CNo: 19
2- Place Bopaiah K.M (Driver) Gagan Karumbaiah (Co-Driver) CNo: 14
1- Place Rahul Kanthraj (Driver) Vivek Y. Bhatt (Co-Driver) CNo: 8


About RRPM:
Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM) is a company formed with the sole intention of promoting “Professional Motorsports” in India and provides all kinds of technical assistance and information required to be at par with the National Level. RRPM was started in 2003 by Mr. Arindam Ghosh, an icon in his own rights with rallying and organizational experience of over 40 years.  RRPM is proud to be a part of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, which is the apex body of India.

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Ladies Back on the Track- 2016 FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing, Thailand.

Aishwarya Madhusudhan and Shruthi Nagarajan are once again getting back on track for the 2016 FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing on 16th-18th December 2016 at the Thailand Circuit, Nakhonchaisri.The machine they will be using for the race is Yamaha Exciter 150cc.

The two ladies made the country proud in the previous race by turning out to be the first two female riders from India to compete at the FIM Asia Cup Road Racing in Taiwan and performing well at their maiden attempt. And they continue to make India proud, by participating in the next race in Thailand. They seem to be their own competition, beating their own records with their dauntless attitude and will- above all their passion for racing. Adding on to this, Aishwarya Madhusudhan also receives an award in Delhi from the TIE Young Achievers Award on 16th Dec, straight from which she will be heading on to Thailand.

Sujith Kumar, Chairman of 2w Racing Commission stated, “Aishwarya and Shruthi are among the fastest lady riders in our country at present and we feel their participation in International events could inspire more women to join the sport”.

“Aishwarya and Shruti have redefined the threshold for women riders in India via their successful participation in the 2016 FIM Asia Cup of Road  Racing. Their dauntless commitment and passion towards the sport is truly inspiring and  I am sure that this is just the beginning of a great future that lies ahead of them. I do wish them the very best in all their future racing engagements" were the words from Akbar Ebrahim, President of FMSCI.

It’s time to watch out for the ladies go vroom on the circuit.

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AKBAR  EBRAHIM  ELECTED PRESIDENT  FMSCI   2017-18

At the FMSCI  Annual General Meeting of 2016,held in Chennai yesterday ,  Mr. Akbar Ebrahim  was   elected as the President of FMSCI and Mr. J.Prithiviraj  elected as the Vice-President.

AKBAR EBRAHIM

AKBAR EBRAHIM

The 43rd Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India was held on  Monday 12th December 2016 at Chennai. Elections were conducted for member clubs to be elected to the FMSCI council for the years 2017-2018. The following Clubs/Councillors were declared elected .

COUNCIL for 2017-2018

  • Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) - KD Madan
  • Karnataka Motor Sports Club (KMSC) - Shivu Shivappa
  • Coimbatore Auto Sports Club (CASC) - J. Prithiviraj
  • Calcutta Motor Sports Club (CMSC) - Sanjay Sharma
  • Indian Automotive Racing Club (IARC).- Ketan Mehta
  • Motor Sports Club of Chikmaglur (MSCC) - Farooq Ahmed
  • Meco Motorsports Club (MMS) - Akbar Ebrahim
  • Ramakrishna Race Performance (RRPM) - Arindam Ghosh

Elections were also conducted for the post of President and Vice President and the following were elected by the General Body .

  • Akbar Ebrahim  – President
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    J . Prithiviraj

  • J . Prithiviraj – Vice President

Akbar Ebrahim is a well-known  former racer and organizer of the National Rotax Max Karting Championship for  last several years.  He has been in the FMSCI council for the past 4 years and as a Chairman of  4W Racing Commission has streamlined  and brought in many racing initiatives and programs which have resulted in a quantum jump  in car racing in India.

Akbar Ebrahim  said “ It is a great honour to be elected as the President of the FMSCI . I intend to dedicate my time and energy towards further development of Indian Motorsport right from the grass root level all the way to the top Nationally and Internationally for all disciplines of the sport .”

An action packed 2017  Fmsci calendar awaits motorsports enthusiasts with 13 National Championships in various disciplines set to kick off  in January  itself.

At the recent concluded FIA AGM , the following Fmsci nominees were inducted in to the following FIA Commissions .

  • Driver’s Commission - Karun Chandhok
  • Drag Racing Commission - J Balamurugan
  • Rally Commission - Ashwin Pandit
  • Circuits - Manoj P Dalal
  • Medical - Dr Uday Balakrishnan
  • Land Speed Records - Hormazd Sorabjee
  • Women in Motorsports - Navaz Sandhu
  • Volunteers and Officials - Prabha Shankar
  • CIK Karting - Rayomand Banajee
  • Truck Racing - Vicky Chandhok
  • Closed Road - Mohan Nagarajan
  • Hill Climb - Raj Kapoor
  • Off Road - Jayesh Desai
FIM Comissions
  • GP Roop Kumar – Technical .
  • Anand Sashidharan – Legal .

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Ricky, Shahan grab pole for championship race in 13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship

Kolhapur, September 24: Senior Max favourite Ricky Donison and Micro Max star Shahan Ali grabbed pole positions for the biggest race-day of the 13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship, winning their respective heats in the fifth and final round with consummate ease here at the Mohite Racing Academy on Saturday.

Ricky Donnison grabbed pole position in the senior max category for the championship race on sunday in the 13th JK TYRE FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship,Kolhapur

Ricky Donnison grabbed pole position in the senior max category for the championship race on sunday in the 13th JK TYRE FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship,Kolhapur

In the Junior Max, Chirag Ghorpade grabbed the honours by winning the first heat and playing it safe in the second, pulling out of the race to save his wet tyres in the fifth lap. He will hope to take advantage of his pole position to pull off a sensational win on Sunday.

Ricky of BPC Racing showed his class on Day 1 of the championship weekend, grabbing the pole position from Vishnu Prasad in the qualifying  and marking his intent right away. In H1, he built a huge lead by the second lap itself and looked untouchable all the way through. He clocked a stupendous 51.320 seconds, amazingly in the last lap to show that he is not going to let up until the final chequered flag comes out on what promises to be a stupendous Sunday.

The Bangalore-based racer was equally imperious in Senior Max’s H2, quickly storming ahead of the field and taking the race with elan. He is currently on 324 points, just four behind the championship leader, Vishnu Prasad, and will fancy his chances on the big day, when a full house is expected to turn out to witness the grand finale.

Local hero Dhruv Mohite gave Kolhapur’s fans a lot to cheer by snatching P2, and staying in line to pull off a sensational upset. He finished second in the first heat and third in the second to stay in the reckoning. He is on 314 points and knows that two great runs on Sunday can well give him the championship.

He took advantage of a melee in the opening round of H1 itself to jump into the second position from third. In H2 too, he was in his elements, giving Ricky a run for his money. But he lost steam at the midway stage, allowing Nayan to come back into the action. The Mumbai lad will start on P3 while Vishnu of Meco will start on P4.

Shahan Ali grabbed pole position in the micro max category for the championship race on sunday in the 13th JK TYRE FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship,Kolhapur

Shahan Ali grabbed pole position in the micro max category for the championship race on sunday in the 13th JK TYRE FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship,Kolhapur

In Junior Max, almost the entire field opted for a strategic race, not finishing H2 to save their tyres for the last two races just in caesarian plays spoilsport. One after the other, all the top contenders pulled out to give themselves a better chance to go for the kill on Sunday. In the event, the only lady karter Mira Erda of Erda Racing emerged the surprise winner in H2. She was followed home by Aditya Swaminathan and Bhragav Pradyumna, both of Meco.

That will, however, not affect the grid positions for the pre-finals on Sunday substantially. Ghorpade (BPC Racing) will begin at P1 while Mira and Nirmal Umashankar will begin on P2 and P3. Manav Sharma, who will start at P4, remains ahead in the championship race with 334 points. Ghorpade is fourth with 317 points and will try to make the most of this huge advantagetomorrow.

Newly crowned Asian Micro Max champion Shahan Ali (Meco) underlined his skill and temperament by winning his two heats in totally different conditions. Just after lunch, with the clouds still too far away to pose any threat, he built on his pole position to build a sizeable lead in the Micro Max. But the Meco racer had to absorb a lot of pressure in the latter part of the race as Aadityanash (Rayo) literally sat on his tail, looking for an opening to streak past him.

Shahan, however, demonstrated remarkable calm and amazing defensive acumen to ward him off. Expectedly, he recorded the fastest lap (57.505 seconds) in the tenth lap; Aadityansh was just two tenths of a second behind him to show how aggressively he was driving. It was a breeze for Shahan in the second heat though, winning the wet race comfortably in 11.14.584 minutes.

This was a crucial win for him. In the previous round, the slippery conditions set him back. But this time, he tackled the wet race with equal ease and jumped ahead and held on to the lead all the way till the last lap. He could only manage a fast lap of 1:06.604 minutes, coincidentally again in the tenth, but that was good enough to put him in the best position for Sunday’s finals. Arjun Nair (Meco) who finished third in the first heat and runner up in the second will start at P2.  Aadityansh will be at P3.

SENIOR MAX

Heat 1: Ricky Donison 1; Dhruv Mohite 2; Vishnu Prasad 3

Heat 2: Ricky Donison 1; Nayan Chatterjee 2; Dhruv Mohite 3

JUNIOR MAX

Heat 1: Chirag Ghorpade 1; Manav Sharma 2; Nirmal Umashankar 3

Heat 2: Mira Erda 1; Aditya Swaminathan 2; Bhargav Pradyumna 3

MICRO MAX

Heat 1: Shahan Ali 1; Aadityansh 2; Arjun Nair 3

Heat 2: Shahan Ali 1; Arjun Nair 2;  Aadityansh 3

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In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world‟s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia‟s motorsport capitals. Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in

India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses.

 The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country‟s motorsport talents like NarainKarthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.

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Asia Championship bike races at BIC, Oct 1-2

  • International Bike Races return to India
  • Asia Road Racing Championship at Buddh International
  • Over 70 riders from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and India in fray

New Delhi, September 27: The premium Asia Road Racing Championship, which showcases the region’s top riders and manufacturers, returns to India with the Madras Motor Sports Club organizing the fifth round of the series at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on October 1-2.

Hari Krishnan

Hari Krishnan

The ARRC round this weekend comprises the Asia Dream Cup (Honda CBR250) which will see two Indian riders, Hari Krishnan Rajagopal and Rajiv Sethu, besides the SuperSport 600cc that has country’s lone representative Shankar Sarath Kumar on the grid, the Asia Production 250cc and the Underbone 130cc.

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sarath kumar

The three Indians apart, the ARRC will be parading plenty of exciting talent chiefly from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia, countries that have produced riders who have progressed to the World Championship level, and four top manufacturers Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki.

The weekend card includes the final round of the Volkswagen Vento Cup, the only four-wheeler category, apart from Round 4 of the MMSC One Make Championships in Honda (CBR 250 Open), TVS (Apache RTR 200 Open) and the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) categories.

Rajiv Sethu

Rajiv Sethu

The action begins on Thursday with Free Practice sessions for the Honda and TVS One Make Championships, the Suzuki Gixxer Cup and the

VW  Vento Cup. The ARRC riders will get into their stride with practice sessions on Friday. In all, 16 races will be held over the next two days.

Chairman of the Meet, Vicky Chandhok said: “In keeping with MMSC’s tradition that dates back to the 1950s of organizing and promoting the highest levels of motor sport in India, we are proud to host a round of the Asia Road Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend.

“The MMSC today organizes and promotes most of motor racing events in India and I am proud to say that seven of the country’s top manufacturers – Honda, Suzuki, TVS, Yamaha, KTM, Bajaj and Royal Enfield – are participating in our events in one form or other.

“With Formula One no longer financially viable to host, it is the endeavour of MMSC to bring to India a high profile and top quality event such as the ARRC as part of our efforts to keep India on the global motor sport map besides making our country a motor sport destination.

“We had the option of hosting the ARRC at our own MMRT tracks in Sripdumbudur at a far lesser cost, but it is MMSC’s philosophy to also support such an iconic track as the BIC which is undoubtedly among the finest race track in the World despite the phenomenal costs involved.”

About Madras Motor Sports Club

The Madras Motor Sports Club has been the pioneer in developing and promoting motorsport in India since 1953, and we look to further improve in the years to come. It is the club’s endeavor to provide more opportunities for competitors and to this end, it has chalked out a progressive program for 2016. From the days of Sholavaram , MMSC built its own racetrack which was inaugurated in 1979 and secured its FIA Grade-2 international certification in 2015, making it the only club which owns such a facility. The club has organised the Porsche Super Cup, Formula Campos, Formula Asia, Asian touring car championships, Formula 3, Tata Prima Truck racing championship, the Asian 2-wheeler racing championships besides a host of other motorsport events over the years. The club also has active participation for its events from vehicle manufacturers who also use the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) extensively for testing their products.

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MRF Rally de Bengal – Round 2, East Zone of the MRF FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship 2016 is set to kick off this Saturday

Kolkata, September 08, 2016 – Round 2, East of the MRF FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship(INTSDRC) 2016 – the MRF Rally de Bengal commenced with the pre-event press conference today at the Princeton Club. The championship consists of 8 rounds (2 in each zone) in different parts of the country (schedule given in page 3). Top 7 teams from each zone will qualify for the National Finals to be held on completion of all zonal rounds.

The MRF Rally de Bengal organized by Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM) will cover around 115 kms., which will include both dirt and tarmac roads in and around Durgapur on the 10thSeptember. The rally route comprises of public/private roads which remain undisclosed to competitors till the beginning of the event.

arindam-ghosh-coc-mrf-rally-de-bengal-1Mr. Arindam Ghosh, Director, RRPM and Clerk of the Course said, “It is a dual role that we have taken up for this rally. While the Rally de Bengal has been a great success over the years, this time around, RRPM is also the promoter of the Championship. This puts an added pressure for putting up a signature event like previous years but with the team we have at RRPM, I am confident that we will succeed in doing so.”

 “As we are in the top seven after round 1 of the east zone, we are counting on this event big time to enter the national finals and will give it our best.” said Somdeb Chanda, veteran TSD rally navigator and a participant in the MRF Rally de Bengal along with his wife, Debarati Chanda, who is the designated driver of their entry.

Sumantika Choudhury, a passionate rally enthusiast from Kolkata participating in the MRF Rally de Bengal said, “As a regular competitor, we always look forward to good rallies and from my past experiences, I can say that the MRF Rally de Bengal organized by RRPM is going to be a super challenging event.”

Eminent TSD motorists like Saurav Chatterjee, Jogendra Jaiswal and others are participating in this event. The rally will follow the exciting trend of Secret Time Controls and Self Time Controls, a format introduced by RRPM which has been widely accepted and appreciated by all competitors for the last few years and is now a permanent feature in all rounds of the MRF FMSCI INTSDRC. Starting at 7:30 am from CCD on NH 2, the rally is expected to finish by 1:00 pm and the Podium Ceremony and Champagne Shower will be held at 4:00 pm in Hotel Rik in Domra.

 Secret Time Controls help in monitoring the cars during the rally. Times are noted of each car as they traverse through the given route and in the Self Time Controls, teams have to note their timings themselves. This does not allow any car to maintain a relatively high speed for a long duration and hence makes the rally safer.

 The concept of 0 & 00 cars was also brought to Eastern India by RRPM. The 00 car travels through the route about 15 minutes before the rally to check the track and the 0 car generally traverses through the rally route just before the rally begins and follows all the instructions like a participating team.

MRF Rally de Bengal, which is Round 2, East of the MRF FMSCI INTSDRC is also the 4th event of the championship and the deciding round to choose qualifiers for the National Finals from the East Zone. Top seven teams after Round 1 - East are Jogendra Jaiswal & Prasenjit Roy, Shekhar Choudhury & Suvrajit Dutta, Biswanath Kundu & Sabatullah Khan, Subhodev Chatterjee & Gairick Khan, Santanu Saha & Mrinmoy Saha, Debarati Chanda & Somdeb Chanda, and Saurav Chatterjee & Souradeep Dutta.

Qualifying teams from the already concluded North Zone include Rajendra Singh Shekhawat & Arjun, Rishi Kapoor & Yogesh Bansal, Laxman De & Punyabrata Barma, Aman Gulfam & Rahul Mukherjee, Deepshikha Bhaduri & Natarajan, and Sukhdeep Singh & Akash Gill.

 The prizes for the different categories are as follows:
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
INTSDRC Rs 25,000/- + Trophies Rs 15,000/- + Trophies Rs 10,000/- + Trophies Trophies Trophies
Open Rs 20,000/- + Trophies Rs 10,000/- + Trophies Rs 5,000/- + Trophies Trophies Trophies

The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the governing body for all motorsport events in India has given the rights to promote the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), Indian Rally Championship (IRC) and Indian National TSD Rally Championship (INTSDRC) to Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM), which has roped in marquee companies like MRF Tyres, Mahindra Adventure, Polaris and Pincon as key sponsors for the Indian rally season.

TSD – Time Speed Distance FMSCI – Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India INTSDRC – Indian National TSD Rally Championship

About TSD Rally:

 TSD rallying (Time Speed Distance) is a form of motorsport usually conducted on public roads as well as off-road and dirt sections. The objective of these rallies is to maintain precise times and precise average speeds on various segments of a predefined route. Each team usually consists of a driver and navigator. Teams usually start a TSD rally at fixed intervals of a minute or two.

At the time of flag off, each team is given a route schedule (tulip/road book) which guides the navigator with the route and average speed to be maintained. Along the route there are several TCs (Time Controls), the positions of which are unknown to the teams. The marshals note the timing at which each team arrives at the TCs. The difference between a team's actual times and the ideal times determine their penalties. (Lateness and earliness both attract penalties with earliness attracting more penalty than lateness). The team with the lowest number of penalties wins.

 Teams use several instruments like different types of Odometers, Terratrip, Monit, Brantz etc., extra speedometers, GPS and rally computers for precision in their time and speed.

About RRPM:

Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM) is a company formed with the sole intention of promoting “Professional Motorsports” in India and provides all kinds of technical assistance and information required to be at par with the National Level.

RRPM was started in 2003 by Mr. Arindam Ghosh, an icon in his own rights with rallying and organizational experience of over 40 years. RRPM is proud to be a part of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, which is the apex body of India.

The schedule of the MRF FMSCI INTSDRC (Indian National Time Speed Distance Rally Championship) 2016 is as follows –

DATE LOCATION
NORTH
13th August 2016 Jaipur
14th August 2016 Jaipur
EAST
21st August 2016 Haldia
10th September 2016 Durgapur
SOUTH
25th September 2016 Hubli
02nd October 2016 Bengaluru
WEST
13th November 2016 Nashik
20th November 2016 Goa
 
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Chennai, September 1: The heat is on as the competition intensifies with nearly 200 entries in fray, including several international riders, and 22 races scheduled for the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship which gets underway at the MMRT track in Sriperumbudur, near here on Friday

The weekend fare includes races in the three main classes of the National Championship – the Super Sport Indian (165cc and 300-400cc), Pro-Stock 165 and Stock 165 – besides the MMSC One Make Championships for the three major manufacturers Honda (CBR 150 and 250), TVS (Apache RTR 200) and Suzuki Gixxer Cup.

The programme also showcases two support races in the Superbike (600-1000cc) category and two Ladies races by Honda and Alisha Abdullah Racing Academy.

Much of the focus this weekend will be on the top-end Super Sport Indian class that has a combined grid of 300-400cc and up to 165cc bikes piloted by established riders, some of them like TVS Racing’s Jagan Kumar, Sarath Kumar of Honda Ten10 Racing and veteran Rajini Krishnan (Team RACR), with international experience.

Jagan heads the 165cc leaderboard with an 18-point lead over RACR’s Deepak Ravikumar. Behind the pair of front-runners, five riders are bunched tightly within 14 points of each other. TVS Racing’s Harry Sylvester leads this chasing pack ahead of Sarath Kumar, team-mate Kannan Subramaniam, Rajini Krishnan and young gun KY Ahmed (TVS Racing).

Another international rider Hari Krishnan of Honda Ten10 Racing heads the Pro-Stock category, having won all four races over the previous two rounds. Behind him are RACR’s Dinesh Kumar and Honda Ten10’s Rajiv Sethu, who like Hari Krishnan is a regular on the Asian circuit, with just one point separating them.

Coimbatore’s Antony Peter (RMC Racing) and Anish Shetty from Hubballi (United Tech Torque Racing) are within nine points of each other at the top of the Stock 165cc class which attracts first-timers and young, aspiring racers.

The three MMSC One Make Championships have proved to be very popular going by the huge number of entries and have produced keen competition in the previous rounds. It will be no less fierce this weekend with more than a handful of riders in contention for the championship titles.

About Madras Motor Sports Club

The Madras Motor Sports Club has been the pioneer in developing and promoting motorsport in India since 1953, and we look to further improve in the years to come. It is the club’s endeavor to provide more opportunities for competitors and to this end, it has chalked out a progressive program for 2016. From the days of Sholavaram , MMSC built its own racetrack which was inaugurated in 1979 and secured its FIA Grade-2 international certification in 2015, making it the only club which owns such a facility. The club has organised the Porsche Super Cup, Formula Campos, Formula Asia, Asian touring car championships, Formula 3, Tata Prima Truck racing championship, the Asian 2-wheeler racing championships besides a host of other motorsport events over the years. The club also has active participation for its events from vehicle manufacturers who also use the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) extensively for testing their products.

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Gaurav Gill (Driver) and Musa Sherif (Co-Driver) of Team Mahindra Adventure masters the tarmac stages of Nashik to win the MRF Rally of Maharashtra – Round 2 of the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2016

Nashik, 28th August ‘16:  Gaurav Gill and Musa Sherif of Team Mahindra Adventure stormed to victory at Round 2 of the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) - the MRF Rally of Maharashtra while Abhilash PG and Srikanth Gowda bagged top honors in the MRF FMSCI Indian Rally Championship (IRC).At the glittering podium ceremony followed by champagne shower held here in Nashik, the winners were awarded the trophies by honorable Madhav Nene, Senior General Manager, Marketing, Mahindra and Mahindra and Mr Bijoy Kumar, Chief of Mahindra Adventure, along with a prize money of Rs 50,000/-, in the presence of Mr. Arindam Ghosh, Director, Ramakrishna Race Performance Management (RRPM) – the promoters of the 2016 MRF FMSCI INRC and IRC.

Gaurav Gill (Driver) and Musa Sherif (Co-Driver) of Team Mahindra Adventure masters the tarmac stages of Nashik to win the MRF Rally of Maharashtra

Gaurav Gill (Driver) and Musa Sherif (Co-Driver) of Team Mahindra Adventure masters the tarmac stages of Nashik to win the MRF Rally of Maharashtra

MRF Rally of Maharashtra being the only tarmac event in INRC and IRC 2016 was indeed a super fast event, which was made all the more challenging by the rain god.  The slippery roads made Dean Mascarenhas and Ahmer topple their cars while Sameer Thapar slid off the road and got his car stuck in a mud bank. The slippery tracks did not even let Bopaiah K.M finish the rally as the lower arm of his car broke. On the other hand in spite of losing a lot of time due to 3 punctures in stage 1, 3 and 4, Amittrajit Ghosh of Team Mahindra Adventure managed to bag the 3rd position in INRC.

The team of Gaurav Gill and Musa Sherif won the rally with an overall time of 52 minutes 08 seconds followed by Arjun Rao and Satish Rajagopal as the first runners-up (53:12) and Amittrajit Ghosh and Ashwin Naik, also from Team Mahindra Adventure as the second runners-up (53:59) at the exhilarating MRF Rally of Maharashtra which was organized by the Western India Sports Association. Bikku Babu and George Milen won the INRC 2000cc category with a time of 54:33, while K J Jacob and Manoj Mohanan won the FMSCI Cup.

Abhilash PG and Srikanth Gowda, entered in the MRF FMSCI Indian Rally Championship (IRC) won their category with a time of 55:20 which ran concurrently with theINRC. Indian drivers in Indian cars were eligible for the INRC while Indian or Foreign drivers in Indian or Foreign cars were eligible for the IRC.

It must be noted that the INRC and IRC are two separate championships and their results are not clubbed together or compared as they run distinctively different vehicles, most importantly, the INRC is for two wheel drive Indian vehicles only while the four wheel drive foreign vehicles are allowed in the IRC.

The prizes for the different categories are as follows:

Position

1st

2nd

3rd

INRC Overall

Gaurav Gill and Musa Sherif

Team Mahindra Adventure

Rs 50,000/- + Trophies

Arjun Rao and Satish Rajagopal

Rs 30,000/- + Trophies

Amittrajit Ghosh and Ashwin Naik

Rs 20,000/- + Trophies

IRC

Abhilash PG andSrikanth Gowda

Rs 50,000/- + Trophies

Suraj Kute and Shamim Khan

Rs 30,000/- + Trophies

Amol Satoskar and S Dinesh

Rs 20,000/- + Trophies

INRC 2000 cc

Bikku Babu and Milen George

Rs 50,000/- + Trophies

Karna Kadur and Nikhil Pai

Rs 30,000/- + Trophies

Younus Ilyas and Suraj Prasad

Rs 20,000/- + Trophies

FMSCI Cup

 K J Jacob and Manoj Mohanan

Rs 40,000/- + Trophies

Yashas Nayaka M and Uday Kumar D

Rs 30,000/- + Trophies

Ganapathi Michu and Ramesh Kumar Venu

Rs 20,000/- + Trophies

The MRF Rally of Maharashtra, which is the 2nd round of the MRF FMSCI INRC and IRC 2016 season, zipped through the 6 stages covering about 75 kms. of tarmac roads around Bhandardara on the outskirts of Nashik. 32 teams from all over the country competed in this super exciting rally.

Mr. Arindam Ghosh, Director, RRPM said, “I want to thank MRF Tyres, Mahindra Adventure, Polaris and Pincon for sponsoring the 2016 INRC and IRC championships. I also congratulate all winners and the entire team of Western India Sports Association.”

The winning driver of the MRF Rally of Maharashtra (INRC), Gaurav Gill said “It was a very challenging weekend with weather paying spoilt sport and Nashik terrain being even more demanding but we got a great set up thanks to Mahindra Adventure and MRF.”

The second placed driver Arjun Rao said, “On the whole the rally was very good, finishing 2nd overall is a good start to the championship considering that I did not finish in Coimbatore. Stages were very fast, technical and needed 100% accuracy in terms of both driving and navigation. Thanks to my sponsors Mandavi Motors, MRF, Castrol and VW.”

Finishing third was Amittrajit Ghosh who said “Finishing 3rd even after three punctures in 6 stages feels as good as a win. Plus we leave round 2 still leading the championship. Not our day but that’s rallying. Thanks to the team as always for their hard work in getting us to the finish.”

The winner of the IRC, Abhilash PG said “Happy to take home maximum points from IRC in spite of two punctures as the tyre choice went wrong in the first loop. Two wins in IRC this year and a good start for the season.”

The INRC 2000cc winner, Bikku Babu said “We have been having a bit of bad luck in the last few rallies so the idea was to have a trouble free rally. Even though the stages especially the 1st stage was very tricky, and we had a bit of issues with our car ultimately we are happy to end as no 1 in 2000cc.”

About RRPM:

Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM) is a company formed with the sole intention of promoting “Professional Motorsports” in India andprovides all kinds of technical assistance and information required to be at par with the National Level.

RRPM was started in 2003 by Mr. Arindam Ghosh, an icon in his own rights with rallying and organizational experience of over 40 years.  RRPM is proud to be a part of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, which is the apex body of India.

The schedule of the MRF FMSCI INRC (Indian National Rally Championship) & the MRF FMSCI IRC (Indian Rally Championship) 2016 is as follows –

DATE

LOCATION

23rd & 24th July 2016

Coimbatore

27th & 28th August 2016

Nashik

17th & 18th September 2016

Gurgaon

26th & 27th November 2016

Bengaluru

3rd to 5th December 2016

Chikmagalur

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Nayan, Yash, Arjun win Round 4 of 13th JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Championship

Kolhapur: On a rain-hit Sunday, championship favourite Ricky Donison suffered a double blow that saw him surrender his leadership position after the fourth and penultimate round of the 13th JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Championship here at the Mohite Racing Academy.

Donison of BPC Racing, who had won all three earlier rounds, couldn’t come to terms with the wet and slippery conditions on the track and lost his edge in the Senior Max category. He zipped into the parcferme area in the scrutiny bay as he felt that he had a problem with his kart.

He came back a few minutes later to rejoin the race but by then the race organisers had removed his transponder, deeming him DNF (did not finish) on technical grounds. It meant that he had to be content with 38 points in the final that saw him slip to the second position with 324 overall points.

Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad jumped into the lead in the battle for the championship by finishing third in the pre-final and fourth in the final on an action-packed Sunday. He has a nominal 4-point lead now with 328 points in his bag, going into the final round next month.

The round itself was won by Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee (Meco Racing) in an exciting race.  Starting from the sixth place, he drove aggressively to come into contention in the opening lap itself. By the fifth, he was in the lead and didn’t give any other driver the opportunity to catch him.

For a brief while, Kolhapur fans had something to cheer as Dhruv Mohite grabbed the lead. But he couldn’t handle the heat generated by Nayan and the rest and slowly fell behind and eventually pulled out in the 12th lap. But the crowds still had reason to celebrate as another local boy Chittesh Mandody surprised all by coming from behind to finish second. Akash Gowda of Meco finished a commendable third, having started from the pit lane.

Interestingly, the Junior Max and Micro Max categories too saw the current leaders, Manav Sharma and Shahan Ali, suffer defeats but that didn’t affect their positions on the championship table.

In Junior Max, Manav of Peregrine Racing only managed to finish sixth after struggling with technical problems with his kart all through the weekend. But that was enough to keep him ahead of the pack with 334 points.

Yash Aradhya of Meco won the round to climb one place up to second position with 328 points.

Chirag Ghorpade of BPC had a great weekend, winning the two heats on Saturday and the pre-final in the morning. But he fell behind in the race that mattered and finished second. He is now in the fourth place in the championship race with 317 points.

In Micro Max, Shahan Ali looked unbeatable till the rains came down. The 12-year-old from Agra preferred not to take any undue risk and couldn’t do anything as Arjun Nair (Meco Racing) sneaked past him in the opening lap itself.

Shahan waited for Arjun to make a mistake but that didn’t happen; he made a late charge, even clocking the quickest timing in the last and 15th lap but Arjun held on to his nerve and warded him off. Bangalore’s Arjun is now just 28 points behind the leader in the championship race.

Results

MICRO MAX Final (15 laps)
  1. Arjun Nair, Bangalore (16:23.165); 2. Shahan Ali Mohsin, Agra (16:27.692); 3. Yeasash More, Bangalore (16:28.345)
Pre-final (12 laps)
  1. Shahan Ali Mohsin 11:55.795); 2. Kunal Vinod, Bangalore (12:02.361); 3. Arjun Nair (12:02.361)
JUNIOR MAX Final (18 laps)
  1. Yash Aradhya, Bangalore (18:52.000); 2. Chirag Ghorpade, Bangalore (19:09.584); 3. Paul Francis, Bangalore (19:14.258)
Pre final (15 laps)
  1. Chirag Ghorpade, Bangalore (13:20.373); 2. Yash Aradhya, Bangalore (13:22.885); 3. Jonathan Kuriakose, Mumbai (13:23.918)
SENIOR MAX (15 laps) Final
  1. Nayan Chatterjee, Mumbai (20:34.842); 2. Chittesh Mandody, Kolhapur (20:40,493); Akash Gowda, 20:45.403)
Pre-final
  1. Ricky Donison, Bangalore (13:20.373); 2. Dhruv Mohite, Kolhapur (13:22.885); 3. Jonathan Kuriakose, Mumbai (13:23.918)

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About JK Tyre Motorsport:

JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport. Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of grueling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre‟s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.

In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world‟s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia‟s motorsport capitals. Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves inIndia, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses.

The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country‟s motorsport talents like NarainKarthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.

Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed „JetRacing‟-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.

 

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Chennai, August 21: Twenty-two year old Chennai lad Vikash Anand won a double to clinch the title in the MRF Formula 1600 category and a ticket for the Mazda Road to Indy shootout as the

Vikash Anand who won the MRF F1600 Championship

Vikash Anand who won the MRF F1600 Championship

fifth and final round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT track in Sriperumbudur, near here on Sunday.

Going into this weekend’s triple-header, Vikash Anand and Karthik Tharani were locked on 138 points. Anand began his campaign with a second place finish behind Tharani on Saturday, but won both the starts today to seal the championship.

I worked hard to win this championship and I really can’t explain how I am feeling right now. Indy is a great opportunity to go abroad and explore new opportunities and learn. I will give my best to be competitive,’’ said Vikash Anand who returned to racing this season after an 18-month break and notched six wins for a tally of 206 points, 10 ahead of Tharani.

Championship winners (Left to Right) - Keith Desouza (IJTC), Arjun Narendran (ITC), Vikash Anand (MRF F1600) and Raghul Rangasamy (Super Stock, F1300)

Championship winners (Left to Right) - Keith Desouza (IJTC), Arjun Narendran (ITC), Vikash Anand (MRF F1600) and Raghul Rangasamy (Super Stock, F1300)

Also achieving a double was Raghul Rangasamy who won both the races in the F1300 Rookie Championship and annexed the title. He later went on to claim the championship in the Super Stock class after Race 2 winner Veeresh Prasad was given a 20-second penalty for overtaking under yellow flags which demoted him to fourth place. The result saw Raghul and Veeresh tying on 142 points. Raghul was declared champion on the basis of his three wins to Veeresh’s two on the count-back which was employed to break the tie.

Goa’s Keith Desouza (UNIMEK Racing) topped the Indian Junior Touring Cars class with a crucial win today which helped him finish on 199 points while his nearest rival Ananth Pithawala (Team N1) from Mumbai ended up on 191.

Coimbatore’s Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Racing), who had already clinched the championship in the premium Indian Touring Cars class, ended the season with a double for a tally of 240 points, well clear of Bengaluru’s Deepak Paul Chinnappa (Race Concepts) who finished on 135.

Ishaan Dodhiwala from Delhi won Sunday’s both races in the Volkswagen Vento Cup to consolidate his position at the top of the leaderboard.

The results (Provisional):

MRF F1600 (Race 2, 10 laps): 1. Vikash Anand (Chennai) (16mins, 54.111secs); 2. Raghul Rangasamy (Chennai) (16:58.677); 3. Karthik Tharani (Chennai) (17:02.390). Race 3 (10 laps): 1. Vikash Anand (16:55.247); 2. Karthik Tharani (16:56.108); Anindith Reddy (Hyderabad) (17:03.391). Championship: 1. Vikash Anand 206 points; 2. Karthik Tharani 196; 3. Raghul Rangasamy 171.

Indian Touring Cars (Race 2, 8 laps): 1. Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Racing) (15:14.881); 2. Ashish Ramaswamy (Red Rooster Racing) (15:26.777); 3. Siva Ramakrishnan (Red Rooster Racing) (15:34.819).

Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race-2, 10 laps): 1.Keith Desouza (Unimek Racing) (23:54.238); 2.Ananth Pithawalla (Team N1) (23:55.704); 3.Charen Chandran (Red Rooster Performance) (23:57.784). Championship: 1.Keith Desouza 199; 2.Ananth Pithawala 191; 3.R Sri Hariram 113.

Super Stock (Race-2, 10 laps):  1.Raghul Rangasamy (Performance Racing) (24:04.104); 2.Deepak Ravi Kumar (Pvt) (24:06357); 3.Dean Mascarenhas (Race Concepts) (24:08161). Championship: 1.Raghul Rangasamy 142 (3 wins); 2.Veeresh Prasad 142 (2 wins); 3.Dean Mascarenhas 117.

F1300 Rookie Championship (Race 2, 8 laps): 1. Raghul Rangasamy (Wallace Sports) (15:38.816); 2. Tejasram CS (Wallace Sports) (15:43.047); 3. Alex Bora (Wallace Sports) (15:43.896). Championship: 1. Raghul Rangasamy 205; Tejasram CS 179; Alex Bora 135.

Volkswagen Vento Cup (Race 2, 9 laps): 1. Ishaan Dodhiwala (Hyderabad) (20:13.197); 2. Dhruv Bhel (Delhi) (20:15.171); 3. Niranjan B Todkari (Pune) (20:17.447).  Race 3: 1. Dodhiwala (Hyderabad) (19:44.856); 2.Karminder Pal Singh (New Delhi) (19:46.918); 3. Todkari (19.50.640).

About Madras Motor Sports Club

The Madras Motor Sports Club has been the pioneer in developing and promoting motorsport in India since 1953, and we look to further improve in the years to come. It is the club’s endeavor to provide more opportunities for competitors and to this end, it has chalked out a progressive program for 2016. From the days of Sholavaram , MMSC built its own racetrack which was inaugurated in 1979 and secured its FIA Grade-2 international certification in 2015, making it the only club which owns such a facility. The club has organised the Porsche Super Cup, Formula Campos, Formula Asia, Asian touring car championships, Formula 3, Tata Prima Truck racing championship, the Asian 2-wheeler racing championships besides a host of other motorsport events over the years. The club also has active participation for its events from vehicle manufacturers who also use the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) extensively for testing their products.

For Media queries, please contact:

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Ph: +91-94835 48185.

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Karthik Tharani, winner of MRF F1600 race (August 20)

Karthik Tharani, winner of MRF F1600 race (August 20)

Chennai, August 20: Karthik Tharani made the best use of a poor start by his key rival Vikas Anand to take a comfortable win in the MRF Formula1600 race in the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship at the MMRT track, Sriperumbudur, near hear on Saturday.

Tharani took the lead from P2 even as Vikas slipped to fourth and slowly opened a huge gap and won by over 12 seconds. However, Vikas managed to recover to second place and is now seven points behind Tharani with two more races scheduled for Sunday. Sandeep Kumar finished third pushing Raghul Rangasamy to fourth. The winner of the championship is eligible for the Mazda Road to Indy shootout this December.

Arjun Narendran, who clinched the Indian Touring Car championship with a round to spare, won the first race with a lights-to-flag win while veteran Leelakrishnan came second with Ashish Ramaswamy third for a 1-2-3 finish for Red Rooster Racing.

Charen Chandran, winner of IJTC race (August 20)

Charen Chandran, winner of IJTC race (August 20)

Earlier, in Race 1 of the Indian Junior Touring Cars class, Charen Chandran of Red Rooster Performance took a surprise win while Ananth Pithawala of Team N1 pushed Keith Desouza to third place. Desouza (174) leads Pithawalla (173) with Race 2 scheduled for Sunday.

Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts, 109) from Bengaluru took a one-point lead over Raghul Rangasamy (Performance Racing) after winning today’s race in the Super Stock category. Raghul finished third behind Deepak Ravi Kumar while Alisha Abdullah (Rad Racing) came in fourth which took her tally to 96. The other title contender Dean Mascarenhas (Race Concepts) remained on 102 points after failing to finish the race.

Raghul Rangasamy (No.99), winner of F1300 Rookie Championship race (August 20)

Raghul Rangasamy (No.99), winner of F1300 Rookie Championship race (August 20)

Raghul Rangasamy extended his lead in the F1300 Rookie Championship by winning the first of the two races despite starting fourth on the grid. With his sixth win in nine starts, Raghul took his tally to 180 points, 19 clear of his nearest rival and Wallace Sports team-mate CS Tejasram, who started from pole position, but finished third behind Alex Bora.

Starting second on the grid behind championship leader Ishaan Dodhiwala, Delhi’s Karmindar Pal Singh took the honours in the Volkswagen Vento Cup race. As the lights went off, Ishaan got off the grid with a lot of wheel spin which allowed Karminder to get past him on the first corner. From then on, Karminder kept his lead all the way to the chequered flag ahead of Ishaan and Aditya Vijay Pawar.

On winning the race, Karmindar said: “My launch off the grid was the best today. That helped me get past Ishaan in the first corner itself. From then on, I just wanted to drive a clean race and make no mistake. I went off a little bit mid-way through, but fortunately Ishaan made the same mistake and I retained my lead in the race.

The results (Provisional):

MRF F1600 (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Karthik Tharani (Chennai) (17mins, 20.723secs); 2. Vikas Anand (Chennai) (17:32.296); 3. Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) (17: 36.497).

Indian Touring Cars (Race 1, 8 laps): 1. Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Racimg) (15:32.658); 2. N Leelakrishnan (Red Rooster Racing) (15:43.242); 3. Ashish Ramaswamy (Red Rooster Racing) (15:50.872).

Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Charen Chandran (Red Rooster Racing) (21:24.071); Ananth Pithawala (Team N1) (21:24.553); Keith Desouza (Unimek Racing) (21:32.575).

Super Stock (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts) (21:42.254); 2. Deepak Ravi Kumar (Pvt) (21:44.881); 3. Raghul Rangasamy (Performance Racing) (21:53.701).

F1300 Rookie Championship (Race 1, 8 laps): 1. Raghul Rangasamy (Wallace Sports) (15:53.517); 2. Alex Bora (Wallace Sports) (15:54.884); 3. Tejasram CS (Wallace Sports) (16:00.033).

Volkswagen Vento Cup (Race 1, 8 laps): 1. Karmindar Pal Singh (Delhi) (20:26.665); 2. Ishaan Dodhiwala (Hyderabad) (20:28.120); 3. Aditya Vijay Pawar (Mumbai) (20:34.500).

About Madras Motor Sports Club

The Madras Motor Sports Club has been the pioneer in developing and promoting motorsport in India since 1953, and we look to further improve in the years to come. It is the club’s endeavor to provide more opportunities for competitors and to this end, it has chalked out a progressive program for 2016. From the days of Sholavaram , MMSC built its own racetrack which was inaugurated in 1979 and secured its FIA Grade-2 international certification in 2015, making it the only club which owns such a facility. The club has organised the Porsche Super Cup, Formula Campos, Formula Asia, Asian touring car championships, Formula 3, Tata Prima Truck racing championship, the Asian 2-wheeler racing championships besides a host of other motorsport events over the years. The club also has active participation for its events from vehicle manufacturers who also use the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) extensively for testing their products.

For Media queries, please contact:

Anand Philar, AP Media Communications. Ph: +91-94835 48185. B David Ph: +91-98455 69496.

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Donison, Chirag, Shahan, grab pole in penultimate round of 13th JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Championship

Kolhapur: Senior Max racer Ricky Donison and Micro Max star Shahan Ali grabbed pole positions for Sunday’s pre-finals in the fourth and penultimate round of the 13th JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Championship here at the Mohite Racing Academyon Saturday.

The Junior Max category saw championship leader Manav Sharma suffer a major setback, unable to start in either of the two heats with a kart problem. That allowed Chirag Ghorpade of Bangalore take pole position for Sunday, winning both his heatson Saturday.

Donison of BPC Racing, the championship leader with 252 points, was in a league of his own, winning both his heats on an action-packed day.

The Bangalore lad was in fine form right through the day, doing the fastest lap of the day in the qualifying round. He needed just 51.750 seconds to underline his form and mental fortitude to jump into. He built a huge lead in the first heat in the second lap itself and went on to win the race with an impressive timing of 13:08.349 minutes.

In the second Heat too, he jumped ahead of the pack quickly and won it in 12:56.490 minutes. Local lad Dhruv Mohite (Mohite’s Racing; third with 243 points) gave his fans a lot to cheer by claiming P2, by finishing second in the first heat and third in the second heat. His effort was even more commendable as he started in the fifth position in H1 and clawed his way up steadily, taking down three determined racers in his wake. He clocked a remarkable 52.553 seconds in the tenth lap and finished the race in 13:17.138 minutes to show his familiarity with the track where he has been racing since he was a kid.

The second heat, however, saw Nayan Chatterjee of Mumbai (Meco; fifth with 229 points) outwitting Dhruv and claiming the second place. That was enough to give him P3 for Sunday. Vishnu Prasad of Chennai (Meco) took P4 while another Kolhapur racer, Krishnaraaj Mahadik taking the sixth place in the grid.

In the Junior Max category, Chirag of BPC Racing proved to be the surprise package of the day. Currently trailing at fifth place in the championship race with 231 points, he grabbed the pole position for the first heat, doing a the fastest lap in the qualifying round. That was enough to put him ahead of the pack in, both, Heat 1 and Heat 2.

His Bangalore city mate Yash Aradhya of Meco Racing finished second in the two heats to take P2. Jonathan Kuriakose of Mumbai finished third in Heat 1 and fourth in Heat 2 to take P3. Twelve-year-old Shahan Ali won both his heats in the Micro Max rather comfortably, and might well pocket the championship in the penultimate race itself. He is comfortably ahead with 262 points and two wins on Sunday might be enough to put him beyond reach.

Kunal Vinod of Bangalore will start at P2 while Pune’s Aadityansh of Rayo Racing will start at P3, after showing speed and consistency on Saturday.

Shahan of Meco Racing looked relaxed in the paddock and sure of himself behind the wheel. He stormed into the lead in the qualifying round with a nippy lap of 57.479, and was virtually uncatchable all through the day. In Heat 1, he needed just 9:38.065 minutes to finish the 10 laps while he took 9:38.366 mins in the second to underline his class and pedigree.

Pune’s Aadityansh of Rayo Racing, who pulled off a surprise in the qualifying by finishing second held on to his position to take the second position. He however faded away in Heat 2, finishing sixth. Kunal Vinod of Bangalore, representing Birel Art, made a desperate charge after squandering his P3 in Heat 1, to finish a commendable second in Heat 2. That will see him start in Pole position on Sunday for the prefinals.

Ruhaan Alva who is currently second in the championship race will have to fight hard to reclaim his position after finishing seventh and fifth in the two heats.

Race Results: MICRO MAX

Heat 1

1. Shahan Ali Mohsin, Agra (9:38.065); 2. Aadityansh K, Pune (9:47.562); 3. Kunal Vinod, Bangalore (9:47.753) Heat 2 1. Shahan Ali Mohsin, Agra (9:38.366); 2. Kunal Vinod, Bangalore (9:47.586); 3. Arjun R, Bangalore (9:47.691)

JUNIOR MAX

Heat 1

1. Chirag Ghorpade, Bangalore (13:14.787); 2. Yash Aradhya, Bangalore (13:22.751); 3. Jonathan Kuriakose, Mumbai (13:31.690) Heat 2 1. Chirag Ghorpade, Bangalore (13:07.783); 2. Yash Aradhya, Bangalore (13:09.935); 3. Jonathan Kuriakose, Mumbai (13:13.974)

SENIOR MAX

Heat 1

1. Ricky Donison, Bangalore (13:08.349); 2. Dhruv Mohite, Kolhapur (13:17.138); 3. Vishnu Prasad, Chennai (13:18.000) Heat 2 1. Ricky Donison (12:56.490); 2. Nayan Chatterjee, Mumbai (13:10.094); 3. Dhruv Mohite (13:10.165)

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About JK Tyre Motorsport: JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport. Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of grueling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre‟s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.

In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world‟s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia‟s motorsport capitals. Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses.

The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country‟s motorsport talents like NarainKarthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent. Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed „JetRacing‟-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.

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Donison, Manav & Shahan start as firm favourites in Penultimate Round of 13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship

Kohlapur: High octane racing will return to Kolhapur after a year’s gap, with the fourth and penultimate round of the 13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship scheduled to take place at the state of the art Mohite Racing Academy over the August 20-21 weekend.

The round promises an exciting fare with all eyes set on Ricky Donison of BPC Racing who has been in supreme form throughout the season. Bengaluru’s Donision with a tally of 252 points is leading the charts, and will aim for an encore, that not only will maintain his 100% record this season but also consolidate his position at the top. However, it will not be an easy run out there for Donison, as he will be up against a strong challenge from Chennai’S Vishnu Prasad of Meco Racing (247 points) and local lad Dhruv Mohite of Mohite Racing (243). Both the drivers will be go out all guns blazing and aim to narrow the gap at the top. Dhruv will perhaps fancy his chances a little more as he will literally be racing in his backyard, being a Kolhapur racer and also the owner of the Mohite Racing Academy track.

JK Motorsport’s president Sanjay Sharma believes that this round may well be the most critical one for the championship. “All the racers know that a big prize awaits them if they win the national championship. They will be rubbing shoulders with 360 of the finest racers from 50 nations,” he said.

In the Junior Max (for kids between 13 and 16) and Micro Max categories (for kids between 7 and 12), Manav Sharma and Shahan Ali are in much more comfortable positions, with 9-point and 16-point leads. Manav of BPC is ahead with 257 points, having won the first round and taking the fourth and second positions in subsequent rounds. But Meco’s triumvirate of Nirmal Umashankar (248 points), Yash Aradhya (240) and Paul Francis (231) will surely come up with a joint strategy to unseat him from the leader’s position.

Twelve-year-old Shahan, who suffered some bad luck in the Rotax Euro finals over the last weekend and finished 29th, has reason to believe that life will be much easier back home: he might even believe that the Micro Max championship is almost in his pocket. He has been virtually untouchable in the earlier three races and is sitting pretty on 262 points. Ruhaan Alva (246) of Perigrine, Arun Nair (241) of Meco and Arjun R (239) of Birel Art can only hope to fight for the second and third positions.

The action will begin at the Mohite Academy on Saturday with practice rounds in the morning. The four races in each of the categories will take place over the weekend, the first two eachon Saturday and the last two each on Sunday, with drivers from across the country ready to burn rubber.

Championships standings after Round Three:

Senior Max

Position Name Team City Points
1 Ricky Donison BPC Racing Bengaluru 252
2 Vishnu Prasad Meco Racing Chennai 247
3 Dhruv Mohite Dhruv Mohite Kohlapur 243
 

Junior Max

Position Name Team City Points
1 Manav Sharma BPC Racing Faridabad 257
2 N.Umashankar Meco Racing Chennai 248
3 Yash Aradhya Meco Racing Bengaluru 240
 

Micro Max

Position Name Team City Points
1 Shahan Ali Meco Racing Agra 262
2 Ruhaan Alva Peregrine Racing Bengaluru 246
3 Arjun Nair Meco Racing Chennai 241
 

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Greetings from FMSCI Media!

If the month of June had six National Championship rounds, July has seven as the 2016 Indian motorsporting season picks up both speed and momentum, also with the much-awaited FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship/FMSCI Indian Rally Championship for cars opening with the Rally of Coimbatore on July 23-24 and the first round of the JK Tyre FMCI National Racing Championship for JK FB02 and LGBF4 cars to be held at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore between July 29 and 31.

Another packed month

July will open with the fifth round of the JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series (July 1-3, organisers RR Motorsports Mgt Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, rayoracing@gmail.com, 022-32229659, 09892077956) and will also feature a round each of the FMSCI National Superleague TSD Rally Championship (4W), MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship for cars, JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship, MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Rally Championship for motorcycles and the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Championship.

FMSCI National Superleague TSD Rally Championship (4W)

Round 4 of the FMSCI National Superleague TSD Rally Championship (4W) will be the 5th Mughal Rally in Srinagar (J&K) to be held between July 14 and 17. (For further details contact Himalayan Motorsport Association, Shimla  (vijay@raid-de-himalaya.cominfo@raid-de-himalaya.com, 0177- 2842916, 098160 04137). Subir Roy and co-driver Nirav Mehta had won the third round at the Backwaters Rally in Kochi.

MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship for cars

The fourth round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship for cars will be staged at Chennai’s MMRT circuit between July 15 and 17. The categories are the MRF FF1600, Super Stock, Indian Touring Cars, Indian Junior Touring Cars and Formula LGB 1300. The second round of the MMSC VW Vento Cup will be held concurrently. (For further details contact MMSC, Chennai, mmscgmo@gmail.com, 09841031576, 044-28520023). Coimbatore’s Arjun Narendran won all three races in the Indian Touring Cars category in the third round held at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore in June.

JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship

Round 3 of JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship will be staged at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore between July 15 and 17 (For further details contact Meco Motorsports Pvt Ltd, Chennai, 098844-03363 / fayaz@mecomotorsports.com).  Ricky Donison, Yash Aradhya and Ruhaan Alva emerged as the winners in the Senior Max, Junior Max and Micro Max categories respectively in the second round.

MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Rally Championship for motorcycles

The fourth round of the MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Rally Championship for motorcycles will be held in Coimbatore on July 16 and 17 (For further details contact Godspeed, Pune,godspeedracing.in@gmail.comshyamkothari69@gmail.com, 09890168000). TVS Racing’s Abdul Waheed Tanveer won the opening three rounds to take a big step towards winning the National title.

MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Championship

Round 2 of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Championship will be staged at Chennai’s MMRT circuit between July 21 and 24. The categories are Stock (above 130cc up to 165cc), Pro Stock (above 130cc up to 165cc), Super Sport Indian (above 130cc up to 165cc), Super Sport Indian (Above 200cc up to 300cc), Super Sport Indian (above 300cc up to 400cc). The second round of the MMSC One-Make Championships of TVS, Honda and Suzuki Gixxer Cup will be held concurrently (For further details contact MMSC, Chennai,mmscgmo@gmail.com, 09841031576, 044-28520023). Hari Krishnan Rajagopalan of Team Honda Ten10 Racing team chalked up a fluent double in the Pro-Stock 165 class in the opening round.

Rally of Coimbatore, Round 1 of the FMSCI INRC/IRC

Rally of Coimbatore, Round 1 of the FMSCI IRC/INRC, will be held in Coimbatore on July 23 and 24 with the Special Stages a mix of dirt and gravel (For further details contact CASC, Coimbatore, casc.cbe@gmail.com, 098435-44242). The IRC is open to Saloon cars/SUVs which are homologated with the FIA/ FMSCI and prepared under any Rally Technical Regulations of the FIA/ FMSCI. The INRC is open to Saloon cars / SUVs which are homologated with the FMSCI and under Group N Technical Regulations of the FMSCI and FIA R2 Technical Regulations. The categories in INRC are:  Overall, Upto 2000cc, INRC 1400cc and FMSCI Cup.

JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship

The opening round of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship for JK FB02 and LGBF4 cars will be held at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore from July 29 to 31. Vishnu Prasad of Meco Racing and Ajay Kini of Dark Don Racing are the reigning champions in JK FB02 and LGBF4 respectively.

Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare

The Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare will be held between July 30 and Aug 6 and comprises two and four wheeler categories in the Extreme and TSD sections. It is organised by Motorsport Inc, Bangalore (080-23181709/09035325655, Jaidas Menon).

Other events scheduled for the month:

July 1-3: JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series, NCR Noida Wonder Speedway (Contact RR Motorsports Mgt Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, rayoracing@gmail.com, 022-32229659 /09892077956).

July 9-10: Gulf-Monsoon Scooter Rally (2W), Mumbai (sportscraft@gmail.com, 022-23677631).

July 17: Vizag Autocross (4W), Vizag (TT Motorsports, ttmotorsports128@gmail.com, 891 2732660).

July 23-24: Malwa Adventure TSD Rally (2/4W), Indore (Malwa Motorsports Club, afzalbunglowala@gmail.com, 09827010807).

Kaviguru TSD Rally (2/4W), Shantiniketan, WB (BMSC, Kolkata, 09831027558, pratim.chowdhury@gmail.combmsckolkata@gmail.com)

For further details, please feel free to call FMSCI Media at +91 9629259138.

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P.G. Abhilash / Srikanth Gowda have been declared the winner of Rally of Coimbatore after the Stewards upheld the protest lodged by him. They were also declared the winner of the IRC category.

The next round MRF Rally of Maharasthra is scheduled between 27-28 August 2016 at Nashik which is a tarmac rally. Closing date of entries is on Monday, 22nd August 2016.

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