JK Tyre-MMS Rotax Kart Open 2015 Concludes Amidst Lots of Action

Bengaluru, May 24, 2015: Bengaluru for the first time played host to the JK Tyre-MMS Rotax Kart Open and Rookie Cup 2015 and witnessed an electrifying performance by the budding racers of our country on 23 & 24 May, 2015. The two day event gave youngsters an opportunity to showcase their talent and gain some valuable racing experience as they gear up for the upcoming National championships. The event took place at Bengaluru’s new karting destination, known as Meco Kartopia. The national champions of previous years namely Vishnu Prasad, Karminder Singh, Nikhil Kashyap, Diljith, took charge as marshalls and ensured a smooth event.

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Bengaluru, May 24, 2015: Bengaluru for the first time played host to the JK Tyre-MMS RotaxKart Open and Rookie Cup 2015 and witnessed an electrifying performance by the buddingracers of our country on 23 & 24 May, 2015. The two day event gave youngsters anopportunity to showcase their talent and gain some valuable racing experience as they gearup for the upcoming National championships. The event took place at Bengaluru’s newkarting destination, known as Meco Kartopia. The national champions of previous yearsnamely Vishnu Prasad, Karminder Singh, Nikhil Kashyap, Diljith, took charge as marshallsand ensured a smooth event.

Races across categories witnessed some nail biting action. At the end of two days as all theracing action concluded the following are the champions in the JK Tyre-MMS Rotax KartOpen:

Micro Max – Nikhil Bohra from Bengaluru, Meco Racing placed first with 66 points followed by Ruhaan Alwa from Bengaluru, Rayo Racing with 65 points. Chirag Ghorpade from Bengaluru, Team BPC Racing finished third at 61 points.

Junior Max – Aaroh Ravindra from Mumbai, team Rayo Racing placed first 70 points followed by Akash Gowda from Bengaluru, team Meco Racing at 68 points. Mohamed Nallwalla from Mumbai, team Rayo Racing finished third at 65 points.

Senior Max - Ricky Donision from Bengaluru, team BPC Racing placed first with 70 points followed by Nayan Chatterjee from Mumbai, team Racing at 59 points. Dhruv Shivaji Mohite from Kolhapur, team Mohite’s Racing finished third at 49 points.

In the JK Tyre-MMS Rotax Rookie Cup, following are the winners

Micro Max – Ruhaan Alwa from Bengaluru, team BPC Racing placed first with 78 points followed by Aditya Swaminathan from Bengaluru, team Meco Racing with 72 points. Akshay Bohra from Bengaluru, team Meco Racing finished third with 62 points.

Junior Max – Aanjan Patodia from Pune, team Rayo Racing placed first with 60 points followed by Nirmal Umashankar from Chennai, team Meco Racing at 57 points. Kevin Perera from Sri Lanka, team Meco Racing finished third with 55 points.

Senior Max - Mohammed Zain Ali from Bengaluru, team BPC Racing placed first with 71 points followed by Charith Gunawardena from Sri Lanka, team Meco Racing at 68 points. Brayan Perera from Sri Lanka, team Meco Racing finished third with 64 points.

The newly launched track was inaugurated by Shri D.K Shivakumar, Hon’ble Minister of Energy, Govt. of Karnataka on Sunday afternoon. The event was also attended by Shri R Bharath Raj, President FMSCI as guest of honor. Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Head of Motorsport, JK Tyre, Mr. Akbar Ebrahim and young racing sensation Armaan Ebrahim were present for the event. The inauguration was followed by the final set of races.

The two day event had two categories of races – the Kart Open and the Rookie Cup. At the end of first round of races on Saturday Bengaluru Karters were leading on the points table. In the Kart Open, Nikhil Bohra in the Micro Max category, Akash Gowda from the Junior Max category and Ricky Donision from Senior Max category were leading the chart. In the Rookie Cup, Ruhaan Alwa in Micro Max, Manav Sharma in Junior Max and Mohammed Zain Ali in the Senior Max category were at top of the charts.

There were 24 races in total which took place over two days and 40 young karterscompeting with each other. Even though the sun showed no mercy the karters racedfiercely to win the overall championship title here on Sunday. These karters represented sixteams under three different classes namely, Micro Max, Junior Max and Senior Max. Thisyear the event witnessed participation form three Sri Lankan racers as well.

The day started off with the official practise session followed by the qualifying sessions of allcategories. In the qualifying round of day two for Kart Open, Bengaluru boy Nikhil Bohra(Meco Racing, best time-1:07.463) occupied the first place in the grid from the Micro Maxcategory. Aaroh Ravindra from Mumbai (Rayo Racing, best time-1:02.067) & Ricky Donisonfrom Bengaluru (BPC Racing, best time-1:00.767) from the Junior Max and Senior Maxcategory respectively clocked the time first!

In the Rookie Cup category Aditya Swaminathan (Meco Racing, best time-1:08.139) fromBengaluru again clocked first in the qualifying round. Faridabad boy, Manav Sharma(BPCRacing, best time-1:02.127) and Brayan Perera from Sri Lanka (Meco Racing, best time-1:02.901) crossed the finish line first occupying the pole position in the Junior and SeniorMax category.

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As race one began, Bengaluru Boy Nikhil Bohra in the Micro Max category impressed thecrowd yet again with his racing skills as he crossed the finish line first. He was followed byShahan and Chirag Ghorpade. From the Junior Max category Aaroh Ravindra dominatedthroughout the race even securing the fastest lap and came first. Mohamed Nallwalla andAkash Gowda finished second and third respectively. Ricky Donision who won all the fourraces in the first round and was leading the charts in the Senior Max category finished therace first yet again. Ameya Bafna crossed the finish line second. He was followed by DhruvShivaji Mohite from Kolhapur.

The second race in the Micro Max category took the crowd by surprise as Nikhil Bohra whowas constantly coming first was beaten by Ruhaan Alwa. Chirag Ghorpade finished secondand Shahan Ali Mohsin finished third. Aaroh who started from the pole position as he camefirst in race one raced through the track finishing first as the crowd cheered for the racers inthe Junior Max category. Akash Gowda and Mrinal Chatterjee from Mumbai placed secondand third respectively. Ricky Donision had the best lap time and was the star of the race inSenior Max category. He was followed by Nayan Chatterjee and Brayan Perera finishedthird.

After a short lunch break race 3 began which was run on short loop race for all categoriesunlike the other races. Racers from the Micro Max category competed under the hot sunwith all their zest. Ruhaan Alwa clocked the best time securing first place. Chirag Ghorpadefinished second even after getting a penalty; he was followed by Arjun S Nair. AarohRavindra secured first place in the Junior Max category as he stunned the audience with hisracing skills. He was followed by Mrinal Chatterjee and Mohamed Nallwalla. Ricky Donisioncame first again which was no surprise to the crowd. Nayan Chatterjee and Arya ChiragGandhi secured second and third place in Senior Max category respectively.

The final set of races began after the inauguration of the track. The esteemed guests for theevent were present to cheer the racers as they drove for one last time for this event onSunday. Chirag Ghorpade secured the first place in the final race of the Micro Max category.He was followed by Aditya Swaminathan and Shahan Ali Mohsin. Mrinal Chatterjee camefirst and he was followed by Mohamed Nallwalla and Manav Sharma in the Junior Maxcategory. In the Senior Max category, Bengaluru boy Ricky Donision placed first again andNayan Chatterjee clocked the second best time. Ameya Bafna finished third in the race.

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Aditya Swaminathan of Meco racing clocked the best time in the first race of Micro Maxcategory. He was followed by Ruhaan Alwa and Aasityansh Kaulshi who secured second andthird places respectively. In the Junior Max category, Aanjan Patodia of Rayo Racing racedthrough the track securing first place and he was followed by Sri Lankan racer Kevin Perera.Nirmal Umashankar of Chennai secured third place. Sri Lankan racer Brayan Perera managedto beat Zain Ali who won all the four races in round one. He came first followed by NipunMajumdar and Prathamesh P Deshai.

Loud cheers from the crowd followed as Ruhaan Alwa finished first in race two. He wasfollowed by Aditya Swaminathan who came second and Aadityansh Kaulshi who came third.In the Junior Max category Nirmal Umashankar from Chennai who secured third place in theprevious race came first here. Sri Lankan racer Kevin Perera finished second again and hewas followed by Surya Senthil from Chennai. The Sri Lankans in the Senior Max categorysecured the first and second place in this race. Brayan Perera had a comfortable win whocame first and Charith Gunawardena followed him. Mohammed Zain Ali who was leadingthe points table after round one on Saturday finished third.

Ruhaan Alwa continued his winning streak as he crossed the finish line first again in thirdrace which was a half-track one. Aditya Swaminathan finished at second place and he wasfollowed by the youngest participant in the event, Akshay Bohra in Micro Max category.Aanjan Patodia finished first in this race under the Junior Max category. Jonathan Kuriakoseof Pune and Debarun Banerjee came second and third respectively. The Senior Maxcategory saw Brayan Perera coming first yet again. Charith Gunawardena crossed the linesecond and he was followed by Zain Ali.

In the final race, Aditya Swaminathan from the Micro Max category finished first. RuhaanAlwa and Akshay Bohra finished second and third respectively. In the Junior Max categoryManav Sharma clocked the best time. He was followed by Aanjan Patodia and NirmalUmashankar. The proceedings in the Senior Max category saw Brayan Perera securing firstplace as he raced through the track leaving the audience amazed. Charith Gunawardenafinished second and Zain Ali secured third place.

Full race results (Round two, provisional):

Race 1:

Kart Open

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Nikhil Bohra (Bengaluru, Meco Racing, 9:12.320); 2. Shahan AliMohsin (Agra, Meco Racing, 9:15.406); 3. Chirag Ghorpade (Bengaluru, BPC Racing,9:16.046).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Aaroh Ravindra (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:37.917); 2. MohamedNallwalla (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:44.415); 3. Akash Gowda (Bengaluru, Meco Racing,10:46.072).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Ricky Donision (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 10:29.617); 2. Ameya Bafna(Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:35.633); 3. Dhruv Shivaji Mohite (Kolhapur, Mohite’s Racing,10:39.343).Rookie CupMicro Max (8 laps): 1. Aditya Swaminathan (Bangalore, Meco Racing, 9:21.702); 2. RuhaanAlwa (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 9:23.985); 3. Aadityansh Kaulshi (Pune, Rayo Racing, 9:32.).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Aanjan Patodia (Pune, Rayo Racing, 10:55.931); 2. Kevin Perera (SriLanka, Meco Racing, 11:06.169); 3. Nirmal Umashankar (Chennai, Meco Racing, 11:11.589).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Brayan Perera (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 11:27.651); 2. NipunMajumdar (Hyderabad, Meco Racing, 10:36.973); 3. Prathamesh P Deshai (Kolhapur, MecoRacing, 10:45.199).

Race 2:

Kart open

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Ruhaan Alwa (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 9:27.228); 2. Chirag Ghorpade(Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 9:30.860); 3. Shahan Ali Mohsin (Agra, Meco Racing, 9:31.185).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Aaroh Ravindra (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:49.508); 2. Akash Gowda(Bengaluru, Meco Racing 10:56.106); 3. Mrinal Chatterjee (Mumbai, Rayo Racing,11:00.060).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Ricky Donision (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 10:45.615); 2. NayanChatterjee (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:50.334); 3. Brayan Perera (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing,10:53.515).

Rookie Cup

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Ruhaan Alwa (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 9:27.228); 2. AdityaSwaminathan (Bangalore, Meco Racing, 9:41.527); 3. Aadityansh Kaulshi (Pune, Rayo Racing,9:46.062).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Nirmal Umashankar (Chennai, Meco, Rayo Racing, 10:55.931); 2.Kevin Perera (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 11:06.169); 3. Surya Senthil (Chennai, Meco Racing,11:11.589).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Brayan Perera (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 11:16.132); 2. CharithGunawardena (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 11:19.628); 3. Mohammed Zain Ali (Bengaluru, BPCRacing, 11:28.570).

Race 3:

Kart Open

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Ruhaan Alwa (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 6:33.434); 2. Chirag Ghorpade(Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 6:43.773); 3. Arjun S Nair (Bengaluru, Meco Racing, 6:46.917).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Aaroh Ravindra (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 7:21.370); 2. MrinalChatterjee (Mumbai, Rayo Racing 7:27.151); 3. Mohamed Nallwalla (Mumbai, Rayo Racing,7:27.618).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Ricky Donision (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 7:49.837); 2. NayanChatterjee (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 7:53.621); Arya Chirag Gandhi (Mumbai, Rayo Racing,8:02.462);

Rookie Cup

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Ruhaan Alwa (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 6:33.434); 2. AdityaSwaminathan (Bangalore, Meco Racing, 6:48.862); 3. Akshay Bohra (Bengaluru, MecoRacing, 6:50.260).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Aanjan Patodia (Pune, Rayo, Rayo Racing, 7:43.029); 2. JonathanKuriakose (Pune, Rayo Racing, 7:47.559); 3. Debarun Banerjee (Delhi, Meco Racing,7:48.535).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Brayan Perera (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 8:11.806); 2. CharithGunawardena (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 8:19.550); 3. Mohammed Zain Ali (Bengaluru, BPCRacing, 8:23.250).

Race 4:

Kart Open

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Chirag Ghorpade (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 9:36.311); 2. AdityaSwaminathan (Bengaluru, Meco Racing, 9:36.583); 3. Shahan Ali Mohsin (Agra, Meco Racing,9:38.824).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Mrinal Chatterjee (Mumbai, Rayo Racing 10:43.846); 2. MohamedNallwalla (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:48.991); 3. Manav Sharma (Faridabad, Rayo Racing,10:51.034).Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Ricky Donision (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 10:21.868); 2. NayanChatterjee (Mumbai, Rayo Racing, 10:25.019); Ameya Bafna (Mumbai, Rayo Racing,10:25.498);Rookie Cup

Micro Max (8 laps): 1. Aditya Swaminathan (Bangalore, Meco Racing, 9:36.583); 2. RuhaanAlwa (Bengaluru, BPC Racing, 9:39.034); 3. Akshay Bohra (Bengaluru, Meco Racing,9:48.962).Junior Max (10 laps): 1. Manav Sharma (Faridabad, Rayo Racing, 10:51.034); 2. AanjanPatodia (Pune, Rayo, Rayo Racing, 7:43.029); 3. Nirmal Umashanker (Chennai, Meco Racing,11:01.794)Senior Max (10 laps): 1. Brayan Perera (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 10:52.787); 2. CharithGunawardena (Sri Lanka, Meco Racing, 10:55.430); 3. Mohammed Zain Ali (Bengaluru, BPCRacing, 11:04.138).