National Car Racing Championship: Bengaluru teen Sohil Shah wins MRF F1600 race

In the day’s other action, Mumbai’s Saurav Bandyopadhyay took the honours in the Ameo Class race while Coimbatore ace Arjun Balu of Race Concepts (01:51.474) and team-mate Bengaluru’s Rithvik Thomas (01:59.425) grabbed pole positions in the Indian Touring Cars.

Sohil Shah celebrates after winning the MRF F1600.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Bengaluru teenager Sohil Shah made the best of the pole-position start to notch a fine win in the premier MRF F1600 category and head the leaderboard in round four of the MRF MMSC Fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship at the MMRT on Saturday.

Due to a delayed start owing to rains, only two of the four races scheduled for the day could be completed. The remaining races would be added to the six slated for Sunday which will have an early start at 8.15 AM. 

In the day’s other action, Mumbai’s Saurav Bandyopadhyay took the honours in the Ameo Class race while Coimbatore ace Arjun Balu of Race Concepts (01:51.474) and team-mate Bengaluru’s Rithvik Thomas (01:59.425) grabbed pole positions in the Indian Touring Cars and the Super Stock categories, respectively.

The lights-to-flag win on Saturday was Sohil’s third success in a row, having won the last two races in the previous round last month.

With three more races scheduled for this category on Sunday, Sohil heads the championship with 81 points, well clear of Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee (63).

The results (Provisional): MRF F1600 (Race-one, Six laps): 1. Sohil Shah (Bengaluru) 1 (11mins, 26.939secs); 2. Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) (11:28.164); 3. Manav Sharma (Faridabad) (11:28.569). Volkswagen Ameo Class (Race-1, 6 laps): 1. Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Mumbai) (11:38.169); 2. Shubhomoy Ball (Bengaluru) (11:42.374); 3. Pratik Sonawane (Pune) (11:43.025).