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22 Oct 2020, 03:56 HRS IST
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  • Vishnu Prasad sweeps day one of National Racing C'ship

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21:59 HRS IST

Coimbatore, July 8 (PTI) Chennai's Vishnu Prasad made a perfect start in the Euro JK 17 category by winning both the races on the opening day of the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship here today.

Vishnu, the defending LGB4 champion, who began at P4 after a few qualifying concerns, came up with a stunning opening lap in Race 1 of Euro JK 17.

He stormed past the three cars ahead of him and held on to that advantage all through the race. In Race 2, he took full advantage of his pole position to ward off the stiff challenges that were brewing behind him for a grand double.

Defending champion Anindith, in fact, from Hyderabad was the fastest racer of the day.

He set the pace in Race 1, with a speedy 1:00.911 minutes; he was even quicker in Race 2, with a burst of 1:00.695 minutes.

That was, however, not good enough as he just couldn t find a way past Vishnu in either of the races. He had to settle for the second place in Race 1, while in Race 2, he failed to grab an opportunity to even take the lead, and slipped to the third position.

Mumbai s Nayan Chatterjee will also feel disappointed after having a brilliant qualifier. He took the pole but yielded ground to Vishnu and Anindith in Race 1; he did better in Race 2 but, again, couldn t unnerve Vishnu into any error.

The two foreigners in fray, Paolo Ippolito from Italy and Ricky Capo from Australia, showed good pace to make a good early impression. Ippolito finished fifth and seventh while Capo took the eighth place in the second.

The JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup turned out to be an exciting affair, with as many as 22 riders, who were handpicked from selection rounds around the country, lining up just after lunch. Chennai s Joseph Mathew took the first position while Sanjeev Mhatre (Mumbai) and Lalmawipuia (Aizawl) took the other two podium places.

Results:

Euro JK 17 (Race 2): 1. Vishnu Prasad; 2. Anindith Reddy; 3. Nayan Chatterjee; Euro JK 17 (Race 1): 1. Vishnu Prasad; 2.

Nayan Chatterjee; 3. Anindith Reddy

LGB4 (Race 1): 1. Chittesh Mandody; 2. Diljith TS; 3.

Saran Vikram; Gixxer Cup: 1. Joseph Mathew; 2. Sanjeev Mhatre; 3. Lalmawipuia; Road to Rookie Cup: 1. Jaden Gunawardena; 2.

Lalhruaizela; 3. Lalnunsanga.

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