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201320 Sep

Yudai-Jinkawa--MRF

Yudai Jinkawa

 

Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa came out victorious after a neck-and-neck contest in the MRF 1600 race. In the process he emerged ahead of Vikash Anand and Tarun Reddy (later given a jumpstart penalty) with the top three being separated by three tenths off a second at the chequered flag. The final round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship was held at the Buddh International Circuit at Greater Noida with most budding drivers emerged here for the first time. N Leelakrishnan negotiated stiff challenge from reigning champion Arjun Balu to win by 3.030 seconds in the Indian Touring Car category while Ananth Pitawala registered his first ever win in the Indian Junior Touring Car category. Diljith won Race 1 while youngster Akhil Rabindra won Race 2 of the Toyota EMR Trophy.

 

Yudai-(8)-&-Vikash-Anand-(10)

Yudai (8) & Vikash Anand (10)

 

The opening race, the Toyota EMR Trophy included Diljith, who started on pole position, lead right from the start to the finishing line in the way of registering a thumping victory. Akhil Rabindra finished ahead of Abhinay Bikkani to finish the race in 2nd place, 7.716 seconds behind the topper. Varun Anekar finished 4th after a race long stiff battle with Akhil and Abhinay.  

 

In the ITC race, Leelakrishnan got off from the pole and enjoyed a good start off the line. Arjun Balu started on a relatively dull note but at the end just managed to get the better of a challenging M Sivaramakrishnan behind him. Leelakrishnan ensured a two second lead in the first two laps and managed to keep the gap for the rest of the race. Arjun went faster as the race went on setting his fastest lap off the race on the second last lap. Sivaramakrishnan had a lonely race in 3rd as he finished 13.317 seconds behind the leader.

 

Leelakrishnan-(solo)

Leelakrishnan (solo)

 

The next race turned out to be the most exhilarating with the MRF 1600 on track. Yudai, getting off on pole, ensured a great start and went into the lead with Tarun and Vikash right behind him. Tarun and Vikash had a great battle for the first three laps with the latter finally getting past in the mid-sector. Vikash then started to give a tough fight to Yudai along with Tarun and maintained the flare up tempo with three laps to go. Vikash drove dazzlingly and attempted to overtake Yudai on several occasions but could not find a way past. The top three finally finished within a mere 0.307 seconds separating them. Tarun was later handed down a penalty for jumping the start that pulled him down to the 5th place. This prompted Advait Deodhar’s promotion to the final podium spot. Adavit, Kizuka Hirota and Masaki Fujimura had their own battle trading places throughout the race.

 

Diljith-(11)

Diljith (11)

 

The final race of the day was Race 2 of the Toyota EMR Trophy with Akhil Rabindra claiming his first triumph. It was the closest Toyota race with merely one second splitting the top four at the chequered flag. Akhil and Diljith started in 7th and 8th position and raced their way through field. Akhil had a better start and was up to 4th position by lap 3. He then passed Varun Aneakar to move into 2nd place bypassing Farhan Ahmed to claim the lead. Diljith moved up to 3rd position and gave a tough fight to Farhan for 2nd place but unfortunately ran out of laps.

 

Results:

 

Race 1, Toyota EMR

  1. Diljith
  2. Akhil Rabindra
  3. Varun Anekar

 

Race 2, ITC

  1. N Leelakrishnan
  2. Arjun Balu
  3. M Sivaramakrishnan

 

Race 3, Indian Junior Touring Cars

  1. Ananth Pitawala
  2. VJ Senthil
  3. Charen Chandran

 

Race 4, MRF 1600

  1. Yudai Jinkawa
  2. Vikash Anand
  3. Advait Deodhar

 

Race 5, Toyota EMR

  1. Akhil Rabindra
  2. Farhan Ahmed
  3. Diljith
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