National Car Racing: Double Pleasure for Agra Boy Shahan Ali Mohsin


Shahan won the first and third races in the main MRF F1600 category with local veteran Deepak Ravikumar taking best in the second in a day of incidents where Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) of Coimbatore also survived a couple of close calls to take the Indian Touring Cars race to win.

Also achieving a double were Varun Anekar (Race Concepts) from Bengaluru in the Indian Junior Touring Cars category and Deepak Ravikumar (Performance Racing) in the Super Stock class. The day started with Bengaluru teenager Tijil Rao (Momentum Motorsport) taking the honors in the Formula LGB 1300 race after starting from P10 on the reverse grid.

He made his way through the field and became a deserved winner with Nellore’s Viswas Vijayaraj (DTS Racing) and local lad Mohd Ryan (Msport) following home in that order, while Race-1 winner, Ruhaan Alva (MSport) , also from Bengaluru, finished. fourth after starting from P12.

The win, his first of the season, brought Tijil to the top of the standings with 85 points.

The two MRF F1600 races offered contrasting rates. In the morning, Ravikumar, starting from pole on the inverted grid, won the way he wanted after a brilliant start that brought him off the field at the end of the first lap.

Behind him, championship contenders Chirag Ghorpade (Bengaluru) and Shahan Ali Mohsin, both from the middle of the grid, jockeyed for positions in view of the points.

The pair gained a couple of places, but Shahan, who finished third, ran wide as he tried to pass Rishon Rajeev (Bengaluru) and eventually finished seventh. Rishon held on to finish second, followed by Dillon Zachariah (Chennai).

However, Shahan recovered and won the next race from pole position after beating Chirag and Rishon, a repeat of yesterday’s Race-1 result. The two wins put Shahan within 13 points of leader Chirag in the championship.

The saloon car race, with its combined grid, turned out to be stormy especially at the front. The trio of Indian Touring Cars drivers, Balu and Rayo Racing’s Jeet Jabhakh and Ishaan Dodhiwala, were engaged in a tense battle.

There were a few contacts who damaged Balu and Jabhakh’s cars as Dodhiwala drove ahead. Balu then put his head down, passed Dodhiwala after a hot chase and took his fourth win of the season in six starts.

Meanwhile, MRF Saloon Cars (Toyota Etios) race was reduced to five laps from the scheduled eight after it was red flagged after an incident exiting the last corner on lap 1. On resume, Angad Matharoo drove from Chandigarh to the victory after early leader Anand Prasad (Chennai) went off the track.

Behind Matharoo were two racers from Mumbai, veteran and championship leader Fahad Kutty, and the young Zahan Commissariat.

The two Volkswagen Polo races produced an equal number of different winners in Pratik Sonawane (Pune) who started from P6, and Ghaziabad’s Anmol Singh Sahil who made the most of a P2 start.

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