Vishnu, Mathew hope to consolidate in Round 3 of JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship
Coimbatore, September 1: The Chennai duo of Vishnu Prasad and Joseph Mathew will be the cynosure of all eyes as the third and penultimate round of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship 2017 gets under way here at the Kari Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Vishnu staved off a stiff challenge from defending championAnindith Reddy despite being beset by engine problems to hold on to his topposition in the Euro JK class; Joseph, on the other hand, has so far beenundefeated in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup and will look to continue his winningstreak.
The Red Bull Road to Rookie Cup holds particularsignificance as the lucky biker who will represent India in the Road to MotoGPin Spain will be identified after this round.
The twelve youngsters in the age group of 12 to 16, who hadbeen identified after elaborate selection trials across the country, haveimpressed everybody with their skills and fighting instinct.
And it is all likely to come down to a showdown between twoof Mizoram’s eight wonder kids. Lalhruaizela (38 points) is clearly betterplaced going into the weekend; Lalnunsanga trails him by 8 points and will needthe leader to make a horrible mistake to topple him and win the ticket toSpain.
“The Red Bull races are really going to be exciting. We havealready seen these boys race like champions,” Sanjay Sharma, head of JK TyreMotorsports said. “With an all-expenses paid trip to the mega event in Spain atstake, I am sure they will fight even harder,” he added.
In the Euro 17, Vishnu suffered a huge setback as he didn’tfinish in Race 1 due to an engine problem and managed only 24 points in theRound to squander his massive 13-point advantage.
Hyderabad’s Anindith and Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee made themost of his misfortune to reduce their deficits. Vishnu is at the moment on 64points, Anindith on 63 and Nayan not so far behind on 54. A good weekend herecan throw the championship open for the final round.
In the LGB Formula 4, Prasad enjoyed a great stroke of luckand caught up with the leader Chittesh Mandody of Kolhapur on 42 points.Chittesh had looked solid in Round 1 but after winning the opening race inRound 2, managed only 2 points in the remaining two. He suffered a 30-secondpenalty for an infringement in race 2 that blew away his chances.
In the Gixxer Cup, Aizawl racer Lalmawipui (23 point) andSanjeev Mhatre (22 points) are trailing Joseph (40 points) and will hope to atleast come closer to him over the weekend.