Coimbatore: Chennai’s Ashwin Datta emerged the hero of round two of the JK Tyre FMSCI national racing championship here on Sunday, setting the stage for a three-way tussle for supremacy in the Euro JK 2018 category.
Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad and Joseph Mathew continued to hold sway in the LGB 4 and Suzuki Gixxer categories respectively while 14-year-old Tijil Rao jumped into the spotlight by winning his life’s first race.
Aizawl’s Jerome Vanlalrengpuia booked his trip to Spain for the MotoGP rookies cup qualifiers next month. Jerome posted the fastest timing in the qualifiers over the two rounds of road to rookies. He finished on 32 points along with P.C. Andy Lalhmangaihsanga, who clinched Race 2.
Seasoned racer Vishnu (MSport) began with yet another command performance in the LGB 4 on Sunday. Starting from P7, thanks to the reverse grid, he quickly made his way past the traffic to clinch race 2 with 5.9 seconds to spare.
He was, however, up against it in race 3, with teammate Raghul Rangasamy and Rohit Khanna (Dark Don Racing) outmanoeuvring him early on. Vishnu went for the kill in the final lap and dislodged Rohit but couldn’t deny the wily Rangasamy a much-deserved victory.