Renovations at the Madras Motor Race Track has continued apace since the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship’s last visit to the south Indian track in September last year. A brand new pit b
uilding, completed in time for Round 4 of the 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, will be welcoming the contingent to Chennai, India. The Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), which runs the Madras Motor Race Track, is hoping that the new and comfortable working environment will result in an even more explosive race this coming weekend.
As the Championship stands, Anthony West is at the top of the SuperSports 600cc leaderboard with 86 points. The Australian former GP and WSBK rider had been able to keep his points-haul up, even though he missed his home race in Australian. West’s closest challenger, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman trails by 12 points.
In the Asia Production 250cc, should Rheza Danica Ahrens extend his winning streak, he could potentially be looking at lifting the title at his home race in Indonesia (Round 5). Rheza leads by a 21-point margin, ahead of his own team mate Mario Suryo Aji.
Conversely, only a single point separates Underbone 150cc leader Mohd Helmi Azman and his closest rival, Mohd Izzat Zaidi. Helmi will be heading to India with 94 points in his pocket, but he will have to fight hard to defend his lead, especially with three other former Underbone champions hot on his heels. After three rounds of competition, Wahyu Aji Trilaksana, Mohd Akid Aziz and Gupita Kresna Wardhana are still within shot of picking up their second (or in Gupita’s case, third) titles.
Aside from the fireworks expected from the ARRC race classes, race fans heading to the Madras Motor Race Track will be treated to two showcases of Indian racing. The TVS RR310 and Honda CBR250 are the platforms where the next big name in Indian motorcycle racing is expected to emerge.