National Racing 2018: Arjun scores double

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 23, 2018 03:12 PM IST

Chennai:  Coimbatore's Arjun Narendran of Arka Motorsports underlined his superiority by scoring a double in the premier Indian Touring Cars category in the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT track near here on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Goutham Parekh and Raghul Rangasamy split the two races in the MRF F1600 class.

Narendran was off a great start from fourth position on the reverse grid as he made three places in the very first lap with bold overtaking to get his nose in front.

Behind him, Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) took a while to move from third to second by which time, Narendran had opened up a sizeable lead. Balu finally worked his way into second spot, but after three laps, going into the Bridge Complex 'S,' the engine blew forcing him to retire.

It left Narendran all alone in the front as he crossed the finish line well ahead of team-mates Ashish Ramaswamy and N Leelakrishnan. The second-place finish fetched Ramaswamy 18 more points that helped him maintain his championship lead with 101 points.

With the championship winner in the MRF F1600 eligible for the Mazda Road To Indy shootout in the United States later this year, there was considerable jockeying for points.