Ricky, Manav wins in JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax C’ship

Ricky Donison and Manav Sharma registered impressive wins in the first round of 13th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Championship at the CIK-spec Meco Kartopia track in Hennur here today. In the Senior Max category (above 15 years), it was Ricky who dominated the entire weekend with his flawless driving. After topping the unofficial practice sessions, he won both the heats and the pre-finals to assert his imperious form in the opening round. In the finals, once he shot into lead, Ricky just kept extending the distance between him and the chasing pack. Ameya Bafna of Rayo Racing, who came into the first round of the championship without any testing, came up with an inspired performance to claim second place, but still it was not enough to challenge the race leader. Nayan Chatterjee of Meco Racing, who fell back into sixth place on the first lap, worked hard to move up the order to take third place. Bafna and Chatterjee finished in second and third places respectively in the pre-finals as well.
In Junior Max category, Manav of BPC Racing controlled the pace from the front in both the finals and pre-finals. Starting the pre-finals in 4th place, he took advantage of a first corner tangle between Yash Aradhya and Chirag Ghorpade to slot himself in the lead, which he retained till the flag despite Paul T Francis of Meco Racing trying to chase down the leader. Nirmal Umashankar finished in third place. In the finals, Sharma kept himself out of trouble going into the first corner. Once he got in the clean air, the BPC Racing driver kept his head down for the remaining 18 laps to the chequered flag. He crossed the finish line a healthy 2.8 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. Nirmal Umashankar had a race-long scrap with his Meco racing team-mate, Paul T Francis, to claim second place. Francis brought up the final spot on the podium.
For Yash Aradhya, it was a day to forget as lost out in the first corner scarp in the pre-finals and in the finals his hopes of making any recovery went up in smoke when he was forced to retire with engine trouble on the second lap. In the finals of the Micro Max class (7-12 years), Shahan Ali Mohsin, who is leading the cadet class in the Asia Max Championship in Malaysia, had to really dig deep to keep Ruhaan Alva at bay in a race that saw the front-running pair swapping the lead a number of times.

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