Chennai, Sep 15 : Raghul Rangasamy, from the temple town of nearby Mamallapuram, kept his wits about him to retain the title in the MRF F1600 category as did Kolhapur’s Dhruv Shivaji Mohite in the Indian Touring Cars class on the concluding day of the MRF-MMSC FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT, here on Sunday.
Also winning the National titles in their respective categories were Rithvik Thomas, the 26-year-old from Bengaluru (Super Stock), Chennai’s Ashwin Datta (Formula LGB 1300), who had sealed the title yesterday itself, Hyderabad’s Jeet Jhabakh (Ameo Class)
and Aiman Sadat (Bangladesh, Ameo Class Junior).
Twentysix-year-old Rangasamy thus earned a sponsored drive from MRF Tyres in one round of the Civic Cup Racing Championship in the United Kingdom. Although he finished fifth in the last race, he had sufficient points to drive away with the title for the second year in a row, finishing a highly productive weekend that earned him as many as 138 points.
“I am thrilled at this opportunity to race abroad and thank MRF for this opportunity which came as a pleasant surprise for me'', Raghul said. ''As for this weekend, I came in trailing Sohil Shah by 43 points after a poor start to the season and was determined to win as many races as possible. Friday, when I picked up 68 points, gave me a huge boost'', he said.
''Overall, I am happy at the way the season ended after such a sluggish start that I had in the summer,” Raghul, who began this weekend in seventh position on the leaderboard, said. With the ITC championship hanging in balance, the focus was on leader Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) who led Rayo Racing’s Mohite by four points. However, the reverse grid put paid to Balu’s aspirations as he started ninth, while Mohite occupied P6.
As the 10-lap race commenced, it went topsy-turvy with septuagenarian D Vidya Prakash making two places to take the lead before he was overhauled by the faster Arjun Narendran (Arka Motorsports) and the Ventos of Mohite and Karthik Tharani, while Balu made a few spots but got stuck behind Daniel Rowe, the South African guest driver.
Eventually, Narendran, a former National champion and taking part in this round as a non-registered driver (not eligible for championship points) won by the proverbial country mile, followed by Mohite, Tharani, Daniel Rowe and Balu.(UNI)