JK National Racing: Balaprasath, Vishnu share honours

A.S. Balaprasath of team MSport won the JK Tyre national racing FLGB4 category Race 2 on Sunday, while his teammate Vishnu Prasad came out on top in Race 3.

Chennai trio (L-R) Raghul Rangasamy, Vishnu Prasad and Ashwin Datta bagged the podium places on the final day of Round 3 of the 22nd JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship in the JK Tyre LGB Formula 4 category t1.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

MSport stars Vishnu Prasad and Raghul Rangasamy failed to stamp their authority the other day. But they planned it well to be back on track in the Formula LGB4 class in the penultimate round of the JK Tyre National racing championship conducted by FMSCI at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Sunday.

It was A.S. Balaprasath who kickstarted a fine morning for MSport winning the opening race of the day. His teammate, the much-experienced Vishnu and Ashwin Datta (Dark Don Racing), challenged him all the way but he stood strong to finish on top of the podium.

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That gave the much-needed confidence to Vishnu to step up the accelerator in the second race. And, he had his good friend and defending champion Raghul fighting hard for precious championship points. The safety car came in towards the closing stages but Vishnu (68 points) managed to score over his mate and with it, regained the top position on the table.

It is just five points that separates the two going into the final round at BIC in November and it can be anybody’s game from here.

“Saturday was a nightmare for us. We did not have the pace but we worked all night and figured out the problems and went on to dominate. We made the most of it and also proved that we could come back from any difficulty,” said Vishnu.

Earlier, Mumbai’s Aaroh Ravindra (Momentum Motorsports) clinched the JK Tyre Novice Cup that drew to a close with this round. He did not have the best of Saturday but managed to collect four points on the final day for the title.

THE RESULTS (PROVISIONAL):

JK Tyre FLGB4 (Race 2): 1. A.S. Balaprasath (MSport) 18:09.374; 2. Vishnu Prasad (MSport) 18:12.358; 3. Ashwin Datta (Dark Don Racing) 18:15.824.

Race 3: 1. Vishnu Prasad 19:25.872; 2. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport) 19:26.830; 3. Ashwin Datta 19:27.810.

JK Tyre Novice Cup: (Race 2): 1. Chirag Ghorpade (Momentum Motorsports) 18:24.314; 2. Aditya Swaminathan (MSport) 18:29.654; 3. Himanshu Thukral (MSport) 18:35.245.

JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Race 2): 1. Syed Muzammil Ali (Bangalore) 14:12.167; 2. Tanay Gaikwad (Pune) 14:12.445; 3. Sidharth Sajan (Coimbatore) 14:13.942.