Greater Noida,19th November 2017::Hyderabad’s Anindith Reddy and Kolhapur’s ChitteshMandody were crowned Euro JK 2017 and LGB 4 champions as the curtain came down on the 20th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship here on Sunday.
Over 25,000 screaming fans were treated to a full bouquet of music, dance and stunts at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida even as the country’s top racers and bikers battled for prime honours.
As expected, Chennai’s Joseph Mathew took home the Suzuki Gixxer Cup despite not even taking the podium in the weekend’s second race. He finished fourth but he had picked up enough points by Round 3 to win by a comfortable 15 points (total 64 points).
Ahmedabad’s Sachin Chaudhary (49) and Aizawl’s Malsawmdawnglia Na (43) clinched the second and third places in the championship.
India’s Sai Rahil Pillarisetty (from Hyderabad) claimed the third round of the Asian Cup of Road Racing by completing a fine double on Sunday. The other Indians in fray, Israel Vanlalhruaizela and Lal Nunsanga of Aizawl, were however nudged off the podium.India’s Sai Rahil Pillarisetty (from Hyderabad) claimed the third round of the Asian Cup of Road Racing by completing a fine double on Sunday. The other Indians in fray, Israel Vanlalhruaizela and Lal Nunsanga of Aizawl, were however nudged off the podium.
Miu Nakahara and Mei Sakurai displaced them to take the second and third places.
“The grand finale lived up to expectations. We had an amazing crowd to mark the 20th year of the championship and the fans had a wonderful time,” Sanjay Sharma, JK Motorsport president said.
The JK Super Bike 600cc category threw up a minor surprise as Vijay Singh from Jaipur emerged the champion. He had finished second on Saturdaybut managed to take the top podium as Gurvinder Singh, Race 1 winner, was excluded for a technical infringement.
Anand Nagarajan clinched the second place in the championship by coming second and Aman Ahlawat the third despite finishing fourth.
Anindith Reddy, who won both the races on Saturday, was equally dominant on Sunday. He won the morning race, again with a 4-second margin, but in the last race of the season he was truly phenomenal.
He hit the chequered flag 10 seconds earlier than his two friends and fierce rivals Nayan Chatterjee and Vishnu Prasad. Mumbai’s Nayan had a good Sunday, taking the second place in both the races.
But Vishnu, who had a forgettable weekend as also a below par season, still managed to take the second place in the championship.
“It was a fantastic season,” champion Anindith said. “I began the first round slowly and it became really exciting by the second. This weekend has been amazing and I am glad to win the title once again,” he added.
Sandeep Kumar of Dark Don Racing won the LGB 4 race while Vishnu Prasad and Diljith champion ChitteshMandody did not even finish the race.
About JK Tyre Motorsport:
JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport.
Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of gruelling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre’s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.
In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia’s motorsport capitals.
Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses. The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country’s motorsporttalents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.
Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed “JetRacing”-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.
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