Stage set for grand finale of 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship 2017
Greater Noida, November 17: The 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, country’s premier racing series is poised for a spectacular finish, with Anindith Reddy and Chittesh Mandody looking strong favourites to run away with the Euro JK 17 and LGB 4 titles at the Buddh International Circuit here over the weekend. A complete bouquet of entertainment has been etched for the grande finale on Super Sunday, with exhilarating races in the four-wheeler and two-wheeler categories, death-defying stunts by UAE’s renowned stuntmen, and a live performance by top Bollywood rappers Raftaar topping the menu.
Defending championAnindith from Hyderabad will be the cynosure though. He is leading the table inthe Euro JK 17, the country’s most prestigious racing class featuring FB02 carsthat can touch 240kmph, with 96 points. He needs just two good races to sealthe title once again. He showed his form in the last race, winning two andfinishing second in another to surge into the lead. Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad,who was leading till the last round, ran into bad luck in Round 3 inCoimbatore, failing to finish in either of the races on Day 1. But he came backstrongly on Sunday, posting one victory and taking the second place in thenext to keep himself in contention.
Vishnu is currentlyon 82 points and will hope for clean sweep to reclaim the title from Anindith.Nayan Chatterjee of Mumbai, with 73 points, is behind the leaders and will haveto do something spectacular to mount any kind of a challenge. In the LGB 4category, which is the first step towards single-seater racing and is poweredby 1298cc Suzuki Swift engines, Chittesh Mandody of Kolhapur with 62 pointsseems to be the best bet for the title. The Avalanche Racing driver wasjoint-first in Round 2 but took advantage of Prasad’s misfortune and finishedthe third round with 20 points to jump into the lead.
Defending championPrasad of MSport (49 points) had a terrible round that saw him collect onlyseven points and slip to the second place. The Chennai lad will have to be athis aggressive best to thwart Mandody’s charge. Sandeep Kumar of Dark DonRacing is not too far behind with 43 points but will still need to come up withsomething special to come anywhere close to the trophy. JK Tyre Suzuki GixxerCup, a single make category for bikers, Joseph Matthew of Chennai is sittingpretty atop the heap with 56 points. After seeming to be almost unbeatable inthe initial rounds, he suffered his first defeat in Round 3. But Aizawl’sMalsawmdawngliana is way behind him with 39 points to pose any serious threatto Joseph.
The Buddh Circuitpromises to provide a fitting finale to the 20th edition of the JK NationalRacing Championship with the addition of the high-profile FIM Asia Cup of RoadRacing (ACRR), an FIM sanctioned event which is a perfect platform for youngriders from different Asian countries. Top riders from Japan, Thailand,Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan and India will be seen in action in whatwill be Round 3 of the ACCR. India will be represented by Sai RahilPillarisetty and Israel Vanlalhruaizela, who are fourth in the standings afterthe first two rounds in Thailand and Taiwan behind Philippines (5 points) andThailand (25 points).
The bike lovers inthe Capital are in for another grand treat as the Championship will see twosuper bike races (JK SBK 1000cc and JK SBK 600cc), featuring top riders fromacross the country.