Ashwin, Arjun win at Indian National Racing Championship

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 25, 2018 03:49 PM IST

Coimbatore: Young Ashwin Datta (MRF F1600) and veteran Arjun Balu (Indian Touring Cars) hogged the limelight with a triple and a double, respectively, as the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship concluded at the Kari Motor Speedway.

Datta, a 19-year old from Chennai and making his debut in the MRF F1600 class, finished the weekend by winning all the three races while Balu, 43, marked his return to racing after a five-year break by dominating the premier Indian Touring Cars class where he won both the races in imperious style.

Ashwin said, "The wins are unbelievable. I had good pace through the weekend. My progression in the past couple of seasons has been mainly due to my initial training at Meco Motorsports and later at Momentum Motorsports who nurtured me. "

"Frankly, my target for the weekend was to finish in the top five, but am happy that everything came together, " Ashwin added.

Results:

MRF Formula 1600 (Race 2):  Ashwin Datta (Chennai) (17:20.586secs); Yash Aradhya (Bengaluru) (17:23.803); 3. Nabil Hussain (Chennai) (17:24.995).

Race 3: 1. Ashwin Datta (Chennai) (20:00.619); Nayan Chatterjee (Mumbai) (20:03.107); Raghul Rangasamy (Mamallapuram) (20:04.163).

Indian Touring Cars (Race 2):  Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) (21:00.044); Ashish Ramaswamy (Arka Motorsports) (21:06.030); B Vijaya Kumar (21:09.814).

Super Stock (Race 2): Veeresh Prasad (Race Concepts) (19:00.180); Deepak Ravikumar (Infinite Piston) (19:07.638); K Srinivas Teja (Performance Racing) (19:18.869).

Indian Junior Touring Cars (Race 2):  Mikhail Merchant (Team Game Over) (20:08.939); Kamlesh Parmar (Team N1) (20:14.901); Prabhu AS (ARKA Motorsports) (19:15.470).

Esteem Cup (Race 2): Raghul Ramasamy (Performance Racing) (19:33.803); Vinod S (Team N1) (19:39.926).

Formula LGB 1300 (Race 3): Nabil Hussain (MSport) (17:25.704); Ashwin Datta (Momentum Motorsports) (17:32.692); Sohil Shah (MSport) (17:32.936).

Volkswagen Ameo Cup (Race 2, 12 laps): Dhruv Mohite (Kolhapur) (16:05.547); Affan Sadat Safwan Islam (Chittagong, Bangladesh) (16:10.334); Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Thane) (16:10.930).