Stage set for first round of national racing championship

Felipe Drugovich of Brazil leads the championship after a good run of races in November-December last year.

Felipe Drugovich with the cup after the fourth race in the third round of the MRF Challenge 2017 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.   -  Special Correspondent

After a dominating weekend in Abu Dhabi, championship leader Felipe Drugovich is in pole position to close out the MRF Challenge 2017 title as the series heads to the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Chennai for the final round starting Friday. Drugovich was in top form as he won all four races in Abu Dhabi and comes to Chennai with an 86-point lead with 110 points available.

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Mr. Arun Mammen, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, MRF Tyres, commented, “Chennai is always an unchartered territory for all new drivers as it is one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar. It has been refreshing to see another young batch of drivers prove their mettle in the MRF Challenge. MMRT has always provided some great racing, including last year’s championship being decided on the last lap here, and we look forward to some more great battles this weekend.”

After rounds in Bahrain, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, the MMRT in Chennai will play host to the finale of the sixth edition of the MRF Challenge in what has become a tradition for the series. While Drugovich leads the championship, the battle for second place sees three drivers covered by just nine points. Presley Martono has 174 points, with Rinus van Kalmthout and Julien Falchero tied on 165 points.

There will be four races this weekend with practice and qualifying taking place on Friday. Saturday will have two races with the last two on Sunday. They will be supported by the Indian Touring Car championship and Superbike races.