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 of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship at the Chicane circuit in Leonia Resort, Hyderabad, last weekend.
The finals of the Senior Max category produced a race to remember for Donison of BPC racing, who took a stunning victory after starting from back of the grid on account of his DNF in the pre-finals due to a racing incident that saw him and Mrinal Chatterjee come together, a release from the organisers said.
Defending champion Donison from Bengaluru scythed through the field to take the lead on the sixth lap that he maintained right to the chequred flag for his second win of the season.
It was also a noteworthy race for former national champion Vishnu Prasad, who roared back to form with a fine second place finish, while Dhruv Mohite of Mohites Racing finished in third place.
Earlier in the pre-finals, although Prasad crossed the finish line ahead of Mohite and Shreyansh Jain, he was given a one place grid penalty for tapping Mohite on the fifth lap.
In the finals of the Junior Max, Aradhya of Meco Racing made up for the disappointment in the first round by clinching a fine win after leading the race from pole position. Right through the 18 lap race, his lead never came under threat.
However, behind him high drama prevailed in the fight for the remaining two podium places. Nirmal Umashankar of Meco Racing pulled off a series of overtaking moves to take a deserving second place finish. But for the final place on the podium, the fight between Chirag Ghorpade and Manav Sharma boiled down to the last few corners. Finally, going into turn four, Ghorpade seized upon the slightest of opening that Sharma provided to take a satisfying third place.
Capitalising on the good work in the heats, Aradhya took his first victory of the season in the pre-finals of the Junior Max class ahead of Sharma of Rayo Racing and Paul T Francis, also of Meco Racing.
The final race of the Micro Max category, turned out to be real thriller. Alva, after messing up the start that saw him falling back to fifth place, drove a race of his life. As he moved up the order, Alva carved out a series of brilliant overtaking manoeuvres. On the fourth lap, he passed the early race leader Arjun S Nair diving inside turn seven to move into lead. Once he seized the initiative, the Peregrine Racing driver opened up a healthy gap ahead of pre-finals winner, Shahan Ali Mohsin of Meco Racing. Meanwhile, Nair made the best of the situation to take the final place on the podium.
In the pre-finals of Micro Max class, Mohsin made a scorching start to get back on the top of his game to take early lead. Once he got into the clean air, he kept things under control to the chequered flag. Kunal Vinod of Birel Art earned a hard-fought second place, while Alva, who fell back after the start, had to fight hard for his hard-earned third place.
The third round of the championship will be held at the KMS circuit in Coimbatore between July 15 and 17.
Results (all finals)
Senior Max (18 laps): 1. Ricky Donison (BPC Racing, 17:03.408); 2. Vishnu Prasad (Meco Racing, 17:06.121), 3. Dhruv Mohite (Mohites Racing, 17:06.646).
Junior Max (18 laps): 1. Yash Aradhya (Meco Racing, 15:00.562), 2. Nirmal Umashankar (Meco Racing, 15:01.245), 3. Chirag Ghorpade (BPC Racing, 15:06.080).
Micro Max (15 laps): 1. Ruhaan Alva (Peregrine Racing, 13:55.043), 2. Shahan Ali Mohsin (Meco Racing, 13:59.972), 3. Arjun S Nair (Meco Racing, 14:02.396).