New Delhi: Akhil Rabindra pipped the rest of the field to take the chequered flag in the Race One of Round 3 of the 17th JK Tyre National Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit near here on Saturday.The Bengaluru driver, who had to settle for a minor placing in the last round at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore in July, beat Mumbai’s Rahil Noorani by 1.507 seconds, taking the flag in 23 minutes 47.075 seconds. Noorani came home in 23:48.582, while Ananth Shanmugam finished third in 23:49.981.
The win helped Rabindra to close in the gap on Vishnu Prasad in the overall drivers’ standings in the FB02 class for their Team Euro International cars.“It was a good race. Got a good lap in qualifying which put me in P1 which was half a second less than Vishnu’s,” said Rabindra later. “In the first two laps it was difficult and Vishnu was next to me and I went in with a defensive set of mind but in the end I pulled through and eventually got a difference of around 20-30 metres till the end,” said Rabindra.
“On the second last lap, Vishnu went into pits as he had a jumpstart and it got me a bit of freedom. I want to finish ahead of him in both the races tomorrow and that’s my plan. I am very happy with the performance of my car as it has been consistent throughout.”Meanwhile, Kolhapur driver Chittesh Mandody of Meco Racing won the Race 1 of Formula LGB 4 beating Dark Don’s TS Diljith to open his account. Diljith, however, won Race Two ahead of Mandody to open up the drivers’ championship.