Double Header at the MMRT This Weekend as MMSC to Host NRC & NSC


August 21, 2014: Motorsport fans are in for an action packed weekend as the Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC), one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India, will host a double header at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT). India's biggest domestic racing championship, the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) will be joined by the 2014 MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Supercross Championship. While the NRC will feature 13 races, the Supercross championship will have 9 races.


Mr. Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC, was excited at the prospect of fans getting to alternate between car and Supercross races. He commented, "The MMSC is always looking at ways to engage motorsport fans and give youngsters the opportunity to develop as motorsport professionals. For the first time ever we will run both the National Racing Championship cars and the MRF Supercross bikes which will alternate with each other. The MMSC team has done a fantastic job in organizing the Supercross track just beside the race track. Motorsport fans coming to watch the action will get to see the top racing cars in the country along with the high jumping Supercross bikes."



The National Supercross Championship, which is organized by Godspeed, will return to Chennai after a decade. The MRF Supercross Championship which will feature 9 races this weekend, will see over 100 riders in action. Mr. Shyam Kothari, head of Godspeed and 7-time National Champion across Motocross, road racing and rallying, was thrilled at hosting the Supercross championship along with the NRC. He commented, "The Supercross is happening in Chennai for the first time after 10 years. Due to the vast space offered by the MMSC, we will have a 6-lane track has been built with about 22 jumps, a first of its kind in India. There will be one 100ft table top, one step up jump and one step of woop-de-doos. It will be one of the fastest tracks with some close and exciting races. The riders are expected to fly about 25-30ft in the air so will definitely be a treat for all motorsport fans."


16 year old Tarun Reddy has seen his lead in the MRF FF 1600 Championship cut to just 6 points ahead of Advait Deodhar as they head into the penultimate round. Vikash Anand will also certainly be a threat after bouncing back with 3 consecutive podiums in Coimbatore in the last round.



Arjun Narendran has had a brilliant start to his Indian Touring Car campaign with 4 wins out of 5 races. He will be looking to extend his 34 point advantage with Ashish Ramaswamy leading the chasing pack. Further behind in joint 3rd place is M Sivaramakrishnan and C Rajaram.


Defending Indian Junior Touring Car Champion Feroze Khan had a weekend to forget in Coimbatore with his lead being cut to just 11 points ahead of VJ Senthil. However Feroze has looked close to unbeatable at the MMRT and will be looking to stamp his authority this weekend.


The Formula LGB 1300 category has been providing most of the action in the NRC with a three-way battle for the title. Ajay Kini leads with 87 points ahead of Goutam Parekh (69) and S Narendran (67). After a slow start to the championship, Narendran stormed back into contention by winning the last 2 races.


In the newly formed Superstock category, Balavijay remains unbeaten after winning 5 out of 5 races. Joel Joseph continues to be his closest competitor after finishing in the runner-up spot in all 5 races.




Pay and Practise, August, 2014.


S. No Date Vehicles
1. Monday, 18th August, 2014 Bikes and Cars
2. Tuesday, 19th August, 2014 to Thursday, 21st August, 2014 Cars
3. Sunday, 31st August, 2014 Bikes



Sarath Kumar Beats Sumit Lucas Toppo to end Winless Run in MMSC Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship



K Rajni Wins Again In Group C 165cc Category


August 02, 2014: Round 3 of 2014 MMSC - FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship finished with India's young riders showing why they provide the most entertaining form of motorsport at the MMRT in Irungattukottai this weekend. While Race 1 of all the categories were held yesterday, Race 2 took place today which included 2-wheeler giants TVS Racing, Honda Racing & Yamaha Racing one make championships.


This time it was Sarath Kumar's turn to end his winless run when he beat Sumit Lucas Toppo by 0.087secs in the Honda CBR 250 race. While Sarath managed to win the race it was Toppo who impressed by trying every possible way to beat his rival. He even set the fastest lap of the race as the two riders finished side-by-side in the Honda CBR 250 race. Ramesh Kumar finished in a distant 3rd to take the final step on the podium.


K Rajnikrishnan took his second win of the weekend in the Group C 165CC after finishing ahead of K Jagan. Rajni's main rival and Honda CBR 250 winner Sarath Kumar managed to finish in 3rd position after a holding off Deepak R.


The Yamaha One Make Championship, which returned to the MMSC-INMRC this weekend, saw Shyam Shankar winning in Race 2 of the Yamaha One Make Open. Dinesh Kumar in 2nd place while Ananth Raj finished in 3rd place. In the Yamaha One Make Novice race, Vivian Gladwin David took his first ever win after a race long battle with Naresh Babu with Piyush Ranjan in 3rd place.



KY Ahamed and SK Prakash had a great battle in the TVS One Make Open race in the TVS One Make Championship. Ahamed held off Prakash by 0.087secs to win the race with Ananth Raj in a distant 3rd position. The TVS Apache Novice race was another closely fought affair with S Kannan beating Naresh Babu and K Kannan with the top 3 riders being covered by 0.282secs.


In the Honda - MMSC One Make Championship with the Honda CBR 150 Novice category, Vivian Gladwin David took his second win of the day after finishing ahead of S Rajiv and Shreyas Sannake.


Mithun Kumar took two wins in the day with victories in both Group D 130CC Novice & Group D 165CC Novice categories.


RESULTS


Honda CBR 250 Open - R2


1. Sarath Kumar
2. Sumit Lucas Toppo
3. Ramesh Kumar


Honda CBR 150 Novice - R2


1. Vivian Gladwin David
2. S Rajiv
3. Shreyas Sannake


TVS Apache Open - R2


1. KY Ahamed
2. SK Prakash
3. Ananth Raj


TVS Apache Novice - R2


1. S Kannan
2. Naresh Babu
3. K Kannan


Yamaha Open - R2


1. Shyam Shankar
2. Dinesh Kumar
3. Ananth Raj


Yamaha Novice - R2


1. Vivian Gladwin David
2. Naresh Babu
3. Piyush Ranjan


Group C 165CC - R2


1. K Rajnikrishnan
2. K Jagan
3. Sarath Kumar


Group D 130CC Novice - R2


1. Mithun Kumar
2. S Kannan
3. K Kannan


Group D 165CC - R2


1. Mithun Kumar
2. R Harikrishnan
3. Shreyas Sannake




Sumit Lucas Toppo Beats a Prabhu and Sarath Kumar in a Thriller at Round 3 of MMSC - FMSCI INMRC



K Rajni Beats Sarath Kumar in Group C 165cc Category


August 01, 2014: Round 3 of 2014 MMSC - FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship got off to a great start with some more close races at the MMRT in Irungattukottai this weekend. The Honda CBR 250 race once again proved to be a thriller with Sumit Lucas Toppo beating A Prabhu by 0.003secs with Sarath Kumar a further 0.096secs in a close battle.


In the Honda CBR 250 race provided Sumit, Prabhu and Sarath were exchanging the lead severall times before Sumit just managed to beat his rivals. It was a replay of the last round when Sumit beat A Prabhu by 0.002secs. It was the same this time as well with absolutely nothing to choose from the two riders with Sarath also joining in the action.


Sarath Kumar was engaged in another tight battle in the Group C 165CC but came out 2nd behind K Rajnikrishnan in yet another thriller. India's top two riders gave it all but Rajni managed to pip ahead to take the win. Sumit Toppo finished in 3rd place, a further 3 secs behind.


The Yamaha One Make Championship returned to the MMSC-INMRC with Vivek Pillai returning to the top step of the podium in the Yamaha One Make Open race. Ananth Raj finished in 2nd place with Dinesh Kumar in 3rd place. In the Yamaha One Make Novice race, Mithun Kumar comfortably won ahead of E Saravanan and S Siva.



Mathana Kumar continued his fine run with another win in the TVS One Make Open race in the TVS One Make Championship. SK Prakash finished in 2nd place with Abhishek Vasudev finishing in 3rd place. In the TVS Apache Novice category S Kannan beat Naresh Babu and K Kannan with the top 3 riders being covered by 0.717secs.


In the Honda - MMSC One Make Championship with the Honda CBR 150 Novice category, R Rajanikanth took another win after a race long battle with S Rajiv. Vimochana Gadusu finished in 3rd place to take the final podium spot.


RESULTS


Honda CBR 250 Open - R1


1. Sumit Lucas Toppo
2. A Prabhu
3. Sarath Kumar


Honda CBR 150 Novice - R1


1. R Rajanikanth
2. S Rajiv
3. Vimochana Gadusu


TVS RTR 180 Open - R1


1. Mathana Kumar
2. SK Prakash
3. Abhishek Vasudev


TVS Apache Novice - R1


1. S Kannan
2. Naresh Babu
3. K Kannan


Yamaha Open - R1


1. Vivek Pillai
2. Ananth Raj
3. Dinesh Kumar


Yamaha Novice - R1


1. Mithun Kumar
2. E Saravanan
3. S Siva


Group C 165CC


1. K Rajnikrishnan
2. Sarath Kumar
3. Sumit Lucas Toppo


Group D 130CC Novice - R1


1. S Kannan
2. E Saravanan
3. R Harikrishnan


Group D 165CC - R1


1. Mithun Kumar
2. R Harikrishnan
3. Harshit Rao


The Races will continue tomorrow.




Samir Thapar Rolls Back the Years to Win AVT Premium South India Rally



Championship Leader Gaurav Gill Finishes in 2nd Place


Arjun Rao Wins in IRC 1600 Category


Rahul Kanthraj Takes Wins in IRC 2000 Category


July 27, 2014: Samir Thapar and his co-driver Gurinder Mann of JCT Rallying team rolled back the years by winning the MMSC promoted AVT Premium South India Rally, the third round of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship, here on Sunday. In the process, Thapar, driving a Mitsubishi Evo X, stopped the winning spree of championship leader Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) of Team Mahindra Adventure who finished overall second ahead of PG Abhilash (Kumar Ramaswamy) in a Evo 6.


Thapar, who enjoyed a sizeable lead overnight over Gill, winner of the previous two IRC rounds in Nashik and Coimbatore, again showcased the pace and power of the Evo by winning all the four Stages, including the Spectator Special Stage with much to spare.



Thapar, 50, had last won a National championship event in 1997 before quitting the sport while for 49-year old Mann, a multiple Indian champion in his hey days, it was his first success since winning the Asia Zone in 2000. Thapar had words of praise for the organizer, MMSC, who he believed did a great job with the event. He commented, "It is a great moment for us oldies and winning an event after such a long time is just fantastic. The Stages, the organization and just about everything here was perfect. Yesterday, during the first loop, I didn't have the Pirelli tyres which arrived here in time for the second run and they made a huge difference. The car too was just about right and of course, we both are extremely happy to win here today".


Meanwhile, Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Bhatt) of Team Yokohama in a Mitsubishi Cedia held his overnight position to win the IRC 2000cc class quite comfortably.


The IRC 1600cc class saw overnight leader Vikram Devadasen (Vivek Bhatt) of Team Yokohama slip to third position as he lost time on hard compound tyres while Arjun Rao (Satish Rajagopal), trailing by eight seconds, seized the opportunity to win while Phalguna Urs (Anoop Kumar) came in second.


In the FMSCI 1600 Cup, Adith KC (Harish KN), placed second overnight, won the honours with leader Raghunandan B (Suraj K) retiring in the days first Stage.


Provisional classifications (after Leg 2):


IRC Overall:


1. Samir Thapar / Gurinder Mann (JCT Rally, Evo X) (1hr, 37mins, 45.6secs)
2. Gaurav Gill / Musa Sherif (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) (01:40:02.5)
3. Abhilash PG / Kumar Ramaswamy (REA PGA Motorsport, Evo 6) (01:41:16.8)


IRC 2000cc:


1. Rahul Kanthraj / Vivek Bhatt (Team Yokohama, Cedia) (01:44:38.4)
2. Prithvi Dominic / Ravindra MS (Cedia) (01:46:06.7)
3. Sumit Panjabi / Venu Ramesh Kumar (Cedia) (01:46:39.6)


IRC 1600cc:


1. Arjun Rao / Satish Rajagopal (VW Polo) (01:42:56.2)
2. Phalguna Urs / Anoop Kumar (VW Polo) (01:42:58.0)
3. Vikram Devadasen / Srikant Gowda (Team Yokohama, VW Polo) (01:43:20.0)


FMSCI 1600cc Cup:


1. Adith KC / Harish KN (Honda City V-Tec) (01:47:33.9)
2. Aeman Khadri / Sagar M (Maruti Baleno) (01:49.14.2)
3. Bopaiah KM / K Karumbaiah (Maruti Esteem) (01:50:14.3)




Samir Thapar Takes Commanding Lead at AVT Premium South India Rally



Championship Leader Gaurav Gill in 2nd Place as Amrittajit Ghosh Crashes


July 26, 2014: Samir Thapar and co-driver Gurinder Mann , in a Mitsubishi Evo X, lit up the AVT Premium South India Rally with a brilliant run that put them in the lead in the Overall classifications with over one-minute advantage over championship leader Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) who were in a Mahindra XUV 500 at the end of the first Leg on Saturday. The Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC), one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India, are hosts for Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship.


Third Overall was PG Abhilash (Kumar Ramasway) of Team R3A PGA Motorsport in a Mitsubishi Evo 6, some 27 seconds adrift of Gill (Team Mahindra Adventure). The day witnessed a big crash as Gill's team-mate and 2013 INRC champion Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) rolled his XUV 500 on SS-5 going into a sequence of corners. Also retiring was the third Mahindra entry Karna Kadur (PVS Murthy) after hitting a rock on SS-2.


Thapar of JCT Rallying team, who last won a National championship event in 1997 at the Karnataka 1000 Rally, was obviously pleased with the performance and said he would play it safe on Sunday when the three Special Stages would be run. He commented, "We drove hard today on all the Stages. The second and third Stages were tight and slippery, but we did not back off though it was challenging to drive hard. After a long time, we got a car that we wanted. In Nashik (first round) we had lots of problems and I missed the second round in Coimbatore as I was out of the country. But today, everything came together and it was fun."


Gill, winner of the previous two rounds of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship, was not surprised to be beaten. He said, "Like I said yesterday, the Stages are fast with lots of straights where the Evo with more power and being lighter had an advantage. But I thought Sammy (Thapar) drove brilliantly and I am not surprised that he made so much time on us."


In the IRC 2000cc class, Bangalore's Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Bhatt) of Team Yokohama was ahead of Prithvi Dominic (Ravindra MS) by some 57 seconds.


The IRC 1600cc class was poised for a tight finish after Vikram Devadasen (Srikant Gowda) of Team Yokohama made time over Arjun Rao (Satish Rajagopal) in the Spectator Special Stage that was run in heavy rains to turn a slender deficit into an eight - second lead.


Provisional classifications (after Leg 1):


IRC Overall:


1. Samir Thapar / Gurinder Mann (JCT Rally, Evo X) (1hr, 04mins, 21.5secs)
2. Gaurav Gill / Musa Sherif (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) (01:06:07.8)
3. Abhilash PG / Kumar Ramaswamy (REA PGA Motorsport, Evo 6) (01:06:35.2)


IRC 2000cc:


1. Rahul Kanthraj / Vivek Bhatt (Team Yokohama, Cedia) (01:09:00.7)
2. Prithvi Dominic / Ravindra MS (Cedia) (01:09:58.2)
3. Sumit Panjabi / Venu Ramesh Kumar (Cedia) (01:10:43.7)


FMSCI 1600cc:


1. Raghunandan B / Suraj K (Honda City V-Tec) (01:10:16.8)
2. Adith KC / Harish KN (Honda City V-Tec) (01:11:28.8)
3. Aeman Khadri / Sagar M (Baleno) (01:12.41.9)




Gaurav Gill Looks to Continue Unbeaten Run at AVT Premium South India Rally



2013 INRC Champion Amrittajit Ghosh Looking for First Win of Season


Tennis Legend Vijay Amritraj & Actor/Racer Jai to Flag Off Rally


July 23, 2014: The Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC), one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India, is all set to host Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship as the AVT Premium South India Rally takes place in Chennai this weekend. In what will also be a first, MMSC have confirmed that motorsport fans and the public can watch the track stage LIVE on giant screens with CCTV coverage of the entire 10 kms stage. MMSC also confirmed that tennis legend Vijay Amritraj and Kollywood Actor/Racer Jai will be on hand for the ceremonial flag off, which will take place at Express Avenue Mall in Chennai on Friday evening.


MMSC President Ajit Thomas was excited about hosting another edition of the AVT Premium South India Rally. He commented, "Rallying is the backbone of motorsports in the country and the South India Rally is one of the most popular rallies in the country. MMSC is always looking at ways to improve the show and this year we continue to do so. The biggest challenge in any rally is getting to see all the action and with our live screen all spectators will have access to this. The ceremonial flag off will also be special with the rally cars and driver reaching the heart of the city. Our team has done a fantastic job on the stages and I am confident all drivers will be impressed with the same. A special thank you to our sponsors, AVT Premium, Aavisa and IVRCL and for their support."



Last year's South India Rally was hugely popular with drivers impressed with the stages and this year will be no different. The first Special Stage runs parallel to race track on the gravel. It is fast but tricky with some U-Bends and the entire 9.61kms Stage will be mostly visible from the towers.


The next Special Stage is the Aavisa stage which is the same as last year, but will run in the opposite direction. It has a mixture of fast and tight corners and long straights. It is the longest stage of the rally and is 14.05 kms long. The third Special Stage is the IVRCL stage with a distance of 11.17 kms. It is wide and has some spectacular jumps. The fourth and final Stage is the Spectator Special Stage (SSS) which is run on the race track in reverse direction and will surely enthral all the spectators.


2013 Asia Pacific champion Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) has been unbeaten this year after wins in Nashik and Coimbatore, and will be looking to continue his great form in the Mahindra Adventure team's XUV 500. Gill leads the IRC Overall championship by 41 points over team-mate Sunny Sidhu (co-driver PVS Murthy). Gill is looking forward to rallying in what he calls one of his favourite rallies. He commented, "I have fond memories of rallying here as this is where I took my very first victory when I was 18 years old. I have had great success in other forms of motorsport here as well so looking forward to being back. This year will be tougher as we will be going up against the Mitsubishi Evo 6 and Evo X but I am confident of a good result."


The third Mahindra Adventure entry, 2013 INRC champion Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik), also in a XUV 500, has had a disappointing start to the season having lost in Nashik and a non-finish in Coimbatore. He would be keen to get his campaign back on track in the AVT South India Rally.


Byram Godrej (co-driver Somayya AG) of Slideways Industries in his Volkswagen Polo is the joint leader in the IRC 2000 category along with Rahul Kanthraj (co-driver Vivek Bhatt) of Team Yokohama and who is in a Mitsubishi Cedia. Both are equal with 69 points. In the IRC 1600 category, Hrishikesh Thackersey (co-driver Ninad Mirajgaonkar) leads with Phalguna Urs (co-driver Anoop Kumar) in second position and Vikram Devadesan (co-driver Srikanth Gowda) in third. The Top three drivers are separated by just 13 points. In the FMSCI Cup 1600 category it is a close battle with Aniruddha Rangnekar (co-driver Nitin Jacob), just one point ahead of Adith KC (co-driver Harish KN).


A total of 31 entries have been confirmed for the AVT Premium South India Rally. The promoters are also wary of the weather conditions this weekend. The Rally was originally scheduled for March with perfect weather conditions in mind, but it was rescheduled by FMSCI to July due to deliberations on revising Technical Regulations. With all the action planned for the weekend, MMSC are hopeful the weather does not play spoilsport.




Tarun Reddy Recovers to Retake Championship Lead after Brilliant Win in MRF FF1600 at MMSC - FMSCI NRC



Double Podium Finish for Vikash Anand in MRF FF1600


Varun Anekar & Advait Deodhar Win in Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy


Ashish Ramaswamy Takes ITC Win


July 20, 2014: 16 year old Indian Tarun Reddy put on a brilliant display to beat title contenders Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar in the MRF FF1600 race at Round 3 of the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. Vikash Anand had a great day which included a win and a 2nd place in the MRF 1600 championship. Other winners included Ashish Ramaswamy in the Indian Touring Cars, Varun Anekar and Advait Deodhar in the Toyota EMR, VJ Senthil in the Indian Junior Touring Cars, Balavijay in the Superstock and S Narendran in the Formula Swift 1300.


Race 2 of the MRF FF 1600 in Round 3 saw Goutam Parekh on reverse grid pole position. The race was red-flagged after lap 1 due to heavy rain hitting the circuit, forcing the drivers to change to wet tyres. At the restart Vikash Anand got the jump on Goutam to go into the lead. Behind him Advait jumped Goutam, who was busy battling with Championship leader Tarun Reddy. On lap 4, Tarun tried an audacious move on Goutam into the first corner, which resulted in both of them going off and causing a red flag for the second time. At the second restart Advait had a great start and beat Vikash into the first corner. However Vikash wasted no time and overtook Advait before the end of the lap to take the lead and go on to win in dominant fashion. Advait finished 2nd with Lee Keshav in 3rd place. Post race Tarun Reddy was given a 5 place grid penalty for an avoidable accident and causing a red flag.



Race 3 of the MRF FF1600 saw Advait Deodhar taking the lead with Goutam Parekh in 2nd and Vikash Anand in 3rd. Tarun Reddy, who was given yet another penalty for the consecutive race weekend started in 6th but quickly moved up to 4th at the end of the first lap. The next 4 laps saw a brilliant battle between Advait, Vikash and Tarun for the lead. Tarun pulled off a great move on Vikash on lap 2 to move into 2nd. On lap 4 Tarun went around the outside of Advait into the first corner to take the lead. Vikash, who was right behind Tarun also took advantage and went past Advait. They finished in that order with Tarun beating Vikash and Advait. Tarun now leads Advait by 6 points in the Championship with Vikash right back in contention after a great weekend.


Day 2 action resumed at the KMS with the Formula LGB 1300 category and it was S Narendran taking his second win in a row with a commanding performance. There was another close battle for 2nd place with Goutam Parekh just managing to beat Ajay Kini and Deepak Chinappa.


Next race of the day saw the Indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC) with DR Senthil taking his first win of the season and breaking Feroze Kkan's winning streak. Senthil had an early battle with Siddharth B but pulled away to win comfortably. Siddharth finished in 2nd place ahead of championship leader Feroze Khan.



The Toyota Etios Motor Trophy had some close racing in both races of the one make championship. In Race 3, Dean Mascarenhas took the early lead with Race 1 winner Varun Anekar right behind him. On lap 5 Varun made his move and overtook Dean to take the lead of the race. He went on to win comfortably with Dean finishing in 2nd place and Hashim finishing in 3rd place.


In the reverse-grid Race 4 of the Toyota EMR, Vidyuth started on pole position along with Advait Deodhar. Vidyuth held on to the lead but was overtaken by Advait with 5 laps to go. Championship contender Dean Mascarenhas moved in to 2nd place on lap 7 and closed in on Advait but was unable to launch a challenge. Vidyuth completed the third step of the podium.



Balavijay became the first driver to win all races to date in 2014 with another win in the Superstock category. In a replay of Race 1, behind him there was a great battle for 2nd place between Joel Joseph and Deepak Chinappa. Joel and Deepak had a race long battle with Deepak unable to find a way past.


The Indian Touring Cars was a race long battle between veteran B Vidyaprakash and youngster Ashish Ramaswamy. The race ended with Vidyaprakash being punted out of the lead by Ashish, who crossed the chequered flag in 1st place. Raja Ram finished 2nd while Championship leader Arjun Narendran had a tough race and finished in 3rd position, suffering his first loss of the season.


Race Classifications


LGB Formula 1300 - Race 3


1. S Narendran
2. Goutam Parekh
3. Ajay Kini


Indian Junior Touring Cars - Race 2


1. DR. Senthil
2. Siddharth B
3. Feroze Khan


Toyota EMR - Race 3


1. Varun Anekar
2. Dean Mascarenhas
3. Hashim


Superstock - Race 2


1. Balavijay
2. Joel Joseph
3. Deepak Chinappa


Indian Touring Cars - Race 2


1. Ashish Ramaswamy
2. Raja Ram
3. Arjun Narendran


Toyota EMR - Race 4


1. Advait Deodhar
2. Dean Mascarenhas
3. Vidyuth Iyer


MRF FF 1600 - Race 2


1. Vikash Anand
2. Advait Deodhar
3. Lee Keshav Gupta


MRF FF 1600 - Race 3


1. Tarun Reddy
2. Vikash Anand
3. Advait Deodhar




Arjun Narendran Continues Winning Streak at MMSC National Racing Championship



Tarun Reddy Beats Advait Deodhar in MRG FF1600


Feroze Khan & Balavijay Continue Dominant Start to Season


Varun Anekar & Dean Mascarenhas Win in Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy


July 19, 2014: Local boy Arjun Narendran continued his great form with yet another win at Round 3 of the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. 16 year old rising star Tarun Reddy continued his dominant start to the 2014 MRF FF1600 Championshiop with a win over Advait Deodhar. Dean Mascarenhas and Varun Anekar both recorded wins in the Toyota Etios Motor Trophy.


The first race of the day saw the Formula LGB 1300 category in action and it was championship leader Ajay Kini who took the win. It was a close battle for 2nd place with Goutam Parekh just finishing ahead of Deepak Chinappa and S. Narendran. The three were separated by less than a tenth off a second in one of the closest finishes of the day.


Next race of the day saw the Indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC) with championship leader Feroze Khan on pole position. Feroze led from start to finish to continue his brilliant form of 4 wins out of 4 races. Behind him DR. Senthil clinched second spot ahead of Siddharth B.


It was time for the Toyota Etios Motor Trophy to make their first appearance of the year at the MMSC-NRC with Race 1. Varun Anekar took advantage of a slow start of pole-sitter Dean Mascarenhas to jump into the lead. There was a safety car on lap 3 after Hari Nambiar went off. When the safety car came in Varun continued to lead with Dean all over him. Varun managed to hold on to win the first race ahead of Dean and Gokul Krishna.


It started raining on the formation lap of the Superstock race making conditions tougher for the drivers. Balavijay led from start to finish to win comfortably. Behind him there was a great battle for 2nd place between Joel Joseph and Deepak Chinappa. Deepak, starting last on the grid, had a great start and was up to 3rd place by the end of the lap 1. Joel and Deepak had a race long battle with Deepak unable to find a way past.


The Indian Touring Cars took to the track next with Championship leader Arjun Narendran on pole position. Arjun had a slow getaway enabling veteran B Vijaykumar to take the lead. Arjun attacked Vijaykumar on lap 3 but went off track while trying to overtake and lost 2 positions. Arjun fought his way back and on lap 6 was once again right behind Vijaykumar. He wasted no time and overtook him on the back straight. Arjun went on to win to continue his streak ahead of Vidyaprakash and Ashish Ramaswamy. Vijaykumar, who was running 2nd, was forced to retire on the last lap after his engine blew in spectacular fashion.


Race 2 of the Formula LGB 1300 started off badly for championship contender Goutam Parekh as his car refused to move on the warm-up lap. S Narendran took advantage of his reverse grid pole position to lead from start to finish. Behind him was a close battle with Deepak Chinappa getting past Ajay Kini to take the win.



Race 2 of the Toyota EMR saw Dean Mascarenhas having a brilliant start that saw him jump from 5th to 1st position by the end of lap 1. He pulled away from the pack to win ahead of Race 1 winner Varun Anekar and Gokul Krishna.


The final race of the day was the MRF FF 1600 race. Tarun Reddy started on pole position and had a good start to lead in to the first corner. Behind him Advait Deodhar slotted in 2nd place with Vikash Anand having a great start and jumping into 3rd place. Advait and Vikash kept the pressure on Tarun for the first 5 laps but unable to find a way past. As the race wore on Tarun managed to extend his lead and his 5th win of the season. Advait and Vikash completed the podium with Goutam Parekh finishing ahead of Lee Keshav Gupta.


In a bid to further attract Corporates and sponsors and reach more fans MMSC has signed up with a host of partners for the NRC. MRF Tyres will be the sole tyre partner for all categories that include over 70 drivers. The MMSC today also confirmed that the races will be telecasted on Doordarshan.


Race Classifications


LGB Formula 1300 - Race 1


1. Ajay Kini
2. Goutam Parekh
3. Deepak Chinappa


Indian Junior Touring Cars - Race 1


1. Feroze Khan
2. DR. Senthil
3. Siddharth B


Toyota EMR - Race 1


1. Varun Anekar
2. Dean Mascarenhas
3. Gokul Krishna


Superstock - Race 1


1. Balavijay
2. Joel Joseph
3. Deepak Chinappa


Indian Touring Cars - Race 1


4. Arjun Narendran
5. Vidyaprakash
6. Ashish Ramaswamy


LGB Formula 1300 - Race 2


1. S. Narendran
2. Goutam Parekh
3. Deepak Chinappa


Toyota EMR - Race 2


1. Dean Mascarenhas
2. Varun Anekar
3. Gokul Krishna


MRF FF 1600 - Race 1


1. Tarun Reddy
2. Advait Deodhar
3. Vikash Anand




MMSC National Racing Championship Heads To Kari Motor Speedway For Round 3



Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy Returns


July 17, 2014: The Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC), one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India, is gearing up for yet another Round of India's biggest domestic racing championship as the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) heads to Coimbatore this weekend. The 2014 NRC Round 3 will take place at the Kari Motor Speedway and will also feature the return of the Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Trophy.


The fastest single seater racing category in India, the MRF FF1600 and the Indian Touring Car Championship (ITC) will be joined by the Formula LGB 1300, Indian Junior Touring Car Championship (IJTC) and the all new Super Stock category. Round 2 of the action saw some dominant displays by rising star Tarun Reddy, IJTC Champion Feroze Khan and current ITC leader Arjun Narendran. Coimbatore can expect a cracking weekend of motorsport action with 16 races on the cards for Saturday and Sunday.


MMSC President Ajit Thomas was excited to have the Toyota EMR back this weekend. He commented, "Round 3 of the MMSC-NRC will be a welcome challenge for all the drivers. Being the only domestic championship racing in all 3 racing circuits in India, the NRC provides drivers the perfect platform to excel in different conditions. It is great to have Toyota back with us in the Toyota EMR Trophy. Toyota have a rich motorsport history and we are very happy to have them run with us this weekend. We will have 16 races this weekend so great opportunity for fans to come down and witness the best of motorsport in the country."


In the ITC category, Arjun Narendran swept to victory in all three races in Round 2 in Chennai and will be looking to continue his brilliant form at his home track. B Vijaykumar, Ashish Ramaswamy and Vidyuth Iyer will all be looking to stop Arjun from running away with it again.



The MRF FF1600, India's fastest single-seater series, will continue with 16 year old Tarun Reddy the favourite for the weekend. Hot on his heels are Advait Deodhar and Vikash Anand, who will be hoping the Kari Motor Speedway is a happy hunting ground for them.


The Toyota EMR, running for the second year in the MMSC-NRC, will feature 8 races over 2 race weekends. This weekend will see 16 drivers battling it out. Top drivers including Advait Deodhar and Prashant Tharani Singh will lead the charge this weekend.


Commenting on the announcement, Mr.N.Raja, Director & Sr. Vice President - Marketing and Sales, TKM said, "Toyota introduced EMR in India in 2012 with an aim to promote motorsports at a grass root level and make motorsports more accessible and popular in India. The EMR platform has helped talented young racers develop their motoring skills, and further trained them to gain a competitive edge for their future. After the success of the inaugural EMR trophy last year, we are looking forward to the second edition of the trophy starting in Coimbatore".


The IJTC, with 27 cars on the grid, will see all eyes on defending champion Feroze Khan. Dr. Senthil and Ashish Ramaswamy will be expected to take the battle to Feroze where qualifying will be crucial. The Formula LGB 1300 Championship looks to be a three-way battle with championship leader Ajay Kini going up against Goutam Parekh and last year's Formula LGB F4 Champions S.Narendran.


In a bid to further attract Corporates and sponsors and reach more fans MMSC has signed up with a host of partners for the NRC. MRF Tyres will be the sole tyre partner for all categories that include over 70 drivers. The MMSC today also confirmed that the races will be telecasted on Doordarshan.




Rajni Krishnan Beats Sarath Kumar in Thriller at Round 2 of MMSC - FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship


R Harikrishnan Wins 2 Races


July 06, 2014: Round 2 of 2014 MMSC - FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship continued at the MMRT in Irungattukottai this weekend with India's top two riders providing all the excitement. Rajni Krishnan emerged victorious after a race long battle with Sarath Kumar in the Group C 165CC category.


The action started with R Harikrishnan continuing his great start to the Group D 130CC category with a win in Race 2. This time it was much closer with K Kannan finishing right behind him. K Kannan took the final step on the podium. The second race of the day was the TVS - MMSC One Make Championship with the RTR 180 Open category. Mathana Kumar was back out in front and won the race comfortably. The battle behind was close with KY Ahamed just managing to beat Arvind Ganesh.


The Group C 165CC was once again the race to watch with India's top two riders battling it out K Jagan in a three-way battle. In the end it was Rajni Krishnan who took the chequered flag ahead of former Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar. Race 1 winner K Jagan joined in the action and finished in 3rd place. The next race was the Honda - MMSC One Make Championship with the Honda CBR 150 Novice category. R Rajanikanth took his second win of the weekend after a race long battle with Naresh Babu and Vimochana Gadusu, who finished in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.


In Race 2 of the Group D 165CC category R Harikrishnan made it a perfect weekend with another close win. Prabhu V finished in 2nd place ahead of Naresh Babu. S Kannan won in the RTR 180 Open category in the TVS - MMSC One Make Championship. Kannan finished ahead of Naresh Babu and Malsawmdawnghiana.


Final race of the weekend was the Honda CBR 250 with Ramesh Kumar taking a surprise win. A Prabhu came in 2nd place with Race 1 winner Sumit Lucas Toppo finishing in 3rd place.


Results


Group D 130CC


1. S Kannan
2. E Saravanan
3. Mithun Kumar


Group D 130CC


1. R Harikrishnan
2. K Kannan
3. S Kannan


TVS RTR 180 Open


1. Mathana Kumar
2. KY Ahamed
3. Arvind Ganesh


Honda CBR 150 Novice


1. R Rajanikanth
2. Naresh Babu
3. Vimochana Gadusu


Group D 165CC


1. R Harikrishnan
2. Prabhu V
3. Naresh Babu


Honda CBR 250 Open


1. Ramesh Kumar
2. A Prabhu
3. Sumit Lucas Toppo


TVS RTR 180CC Novice


1. S Kannan
2. Naresh Babu
3. Malsawmdawnghiana


Group C 165CC


1. Rajni Krishnan
2. Sarath Kumar
3. K Jagan




Sumit Lucas Toppo Beats a Prabhu in Brilliant Race at Round 2 of MMSC - FMSCI Indian National Motorcyclye Championship


K Jagan Wins in Group C 165CC Category


July 05, 2014: Round 2 of 2014 MMSC- FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship got off to a great start with some close races at the MMRT in Irungattukottai this weekend. The Honda CBR 250 race provided to be a thriller with Sumit Lucas Toppo beating A Prabhu by 0.002 in a close battle.


The day started off with the Honda - MMSC One Make Championship with the Honda CBR 150 Novice category. R Rajanikanth took the first win of the weekend after a race long battle with Vimochana Gadusu. R Harikrishnan finished in 3rd place to take the final podium spot.


The second race of the day was the TVS - MMSC One Make Championship with the RTR 180 Open category. It was a race with many surprises with favourites Mathana Kumar retiring while Akash Dingare finishing in 6th place. It was a three-way battle for the win with Arvind Ganesh beating Abhishek Vasudev by 0.59 seconds in a brilliant race. KY Ahamed finished in 3rd place, less than half a tenth behind the leaders.


After finishing on the podium in Race 1, R Harikrishnan followed it up by winning Race 1 of the Group D 165CC category. Prabhu V finished in 2nd place ahead of Naresh Babu.


Next race in the Honda CBR 250 provided one of the best and closest races with Sumit Lucas Toppo beating A Prabhu by 0.002 seconds with absolutely nothing to choose from the two riders. Both riders crossed the finish line side-by-side with no one knowing who won until Race Control confirmed that Toppo had won the race. Sarath Kumar finished in 3rd place.


The TVS - MMSC One Make Championship was back on track for Race 5 of the day with the RTR 180 Open category. Naresh Babu took a comfortable win ahead of Vimochana Gadusu and Prabhu V.


The final race of the day saw the Group C 165CC category on track. K Jagan continued from where he left off last year to take a convincing victory ahead of Harry Sylvester and Vivek Pillai. Rajni Krishnan did not even finish one lap while Sarath Kumar finished in 4th place.


Honda CBR 150 Novice


1. R Rajanikanth
2. Vimochana Gadusu
3. R Harikrishnan


TVS RTR 180 Open


1. Arvind Ganesh
2. Abhishek Vasudev
3. KY Ahamed


Group D 165CC


1. R Harikrishnan
2. Prabhu V
3. Naresh Babu


Honda CBR 250 Open


1. Sumit Lucas Toppo
2. A Prabhu
3. Sarath Kumar


TVS Novice


1. Naresh Babu
2. Vimochana Gadusu
3. Prabhu V


Group C 165CC


1. K Jagan
2. Harry Sylvester
3. Vivek Pillai


The Races will continue tomorrow.




Round 2 of MMSC - FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship to take place in Chennai this Weekend


Sarath Kumar, Rajni Krishnan, K Jagan, Sumit Lucas Toppo All Set to Resume Battle


Full Grid for TVS & HONDA One Make Championships


July 04, 2014: Former Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar along with Rajni Krishan will lead the charge as Round 2 of 2014 MMSC- FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) returns at the MMRT in Irungattukottai this weekend. There will be 6 categories in action this weekend as India's young riders continue to make a name for themselves in the country's leading motorcycle competition.


MMSC, promoter of the INMRC, is looking forward to two-wheeler racing after a long break. MMSC President Ajit Thomas, said, "Two-wheelers is easily the most popular exciting form of motorsports and it will be great to see the bikes at the MMRT again. We are happy to confirm that we have a full grid in the Honda and TVS categories. We hope young riders can use this platform to develop further. Honda and TVS have been great partners for the INMRC and we look forward to their continued support in the coming years."


The 165CC Open Class will see the top riders from Indian motorsport battle it out yet again. Leading the charge will be India's top two riders, Sarath Kumar and Rajni Krishnan. Both have been racing internationally and will be keen to gain the upper hand this weekend. The young guns K Jagan, Vivek Pillai, Mathana Kumar and Sumit Lucas Toppo will be keen to make an impact.


The 165CC Novice class will have 27 entries with V Prabhu, Mithun Kumar, Vishnu Gopal looking to claim their first ever title on the domestic scene. The TVS Apache RTR 180 will have the Open and Novice class while Honda will have the CBR150R Novice class and CBR250R Open class. The TVS Apache and Honda CBR 150 class have a full grid, with over 40 entries in each category.


Some of the riders including Lal Rindika, A Prabhu, Meka Viduraj and Amit Topno will be hoping to battle with the top guys in the Honda 250 Open. The TVS Open category will see Akash Dingare, KY Ahamed and Mathana Kumar as the favourites.


Races will be held on Saturday and Sunday.




MMSC to Host Round 3 of FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship


AVT Premium South India Rally to take place on July 25-27


June 24, 2014: The Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC), one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India and co-founding member of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, today confirmed that Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship will be held in Chennai between July 25-27.


The AVT Premium South India Rally, organised by the MMSC, will see hard competing rally drivers fighting each other on the dust and dirt in and around the Madras Motor Race Track. A fantastic high-speed stage on the racetrack is the super-special treat that rally enthusiasts eagerly await to get their wheels on.


After last year's success, AVT Premium Tea is happy to be back as the Title Sponsor for universally acclaimed South India Rally along with the continued support of associates such as AAVISA and IVRCL.


The rally will run a distance of about 120 kms over 11 stages, including 2 super-special tarmac stages. While the route is similar but not identical to 2013, this year, the organisers have packed in faster and smoother flowing corners in all the stages. Also, Cars will battle it out on the high-speed tarmac super-special stages during the cooler evening period to keep it spectator-friendly. The Rally HQ and the Service Park will be located at the race circuit.


A new impact feature of the AVT Premium South India Rally this year is the ceremonial flag-off being planned at a popular shopping mall in the city and scheduled for the evening of Friday 25th July.


Clerk Of the Course Manoj Dalal and his team of committed officials are working hard on the elaborate preparations and the minor details that go into pulling off an iconic event on the Indian Rally calendar. An exciting set of entries have been streaming in including the usual gamut of star rally drivers and winning teams.





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Feroze Khan Reigns Supreme in IJTC at 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship Round in Chennai



Tarun Reddy Wins MRF FF1600 but win Under Investigation


Arjun Narendran Dominates Indian Touring Car


Ajay Kini Beats S Narendran in LGB Formula 1300


June 21, 2014: Round 2 of India's biggest domestic racing championship, the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) got underway in Chennai today. 16 year old Tarun Reddy won the MRF FF1600 race but his win is under investigation. Feroze Khan continued his stellar form from last year to take both wins in the Indian Junior Touring Car championship while Arjun Narendran won in the Indian Touring Car race. Ajay Kini managed to hold off S Narendran to the take victory in the first race of the year.


In the first race of the weekend, defending champion Feroze Khan got his 2014 Indian Junior Touring Car season off to the perfect start with a convincing win in Race 1. Feroze got off to a great start and had a great battle with Dr. Senthil for 3 laps before the latter retired. From there on he comfortably led to take the first win of the season. Behind him Fahad Kutty fought his way to 2nd place after a close battle with 3rd placed finisher Ashish Ramaswamy.



Race 2 of the day saw the Indian Touring Cars in action with Arjun Narendran on pole position. Arjun had a great start and held on to the lead ahead Ashish Ramaswamy and B Vijaykumar. Arjun had a perfect start to finish race and won comfortably ahead of Ashish and Vidyuth Iyer, who got past Vijaykumar with 3 laps to go. In the first ever Super Stock category race Bala Vijay won ahead of Joel Joseph and Kashif Kapadia.


Race 3 of the day saw the LGB Formula 1300 on track. Ajay Kini took a commanding win ahead of last year's LGB Formula F4 champions S Narendran. Chetan Korada and Goutam Parekh had a great battle for 3rd with Chetan finishing ahead. It was a scary moment for the only woman on the grid Sneha Sharma whose car went flying up in the car but came down safely.



The IJTC category was back on track for the next race of the day with the reverse-grid with person finishing in 4th place starting on pole position. Sidharth B had a good start with Fahad Kutty right next to him as they headed into the first corner. Both drivers came together in corner 8 and went off track losing valuable places. This put Ashish Ramaswamy in the lead with Race 1 winner Feroze Khan all over him. Feroze made his move on Ashish on lap 4 and made it stick putting him in the lead. Feroze held on to take his second consecutive win of the day. Ashish finished in 2nd place ahead of Gokul Krishna.


The final race of the day saw the MRF FF1600 with 16 year old Tarun Reddy on pole position ahead of Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar. Tarun had a slow start and cut across Vikash forcing him to back off. Tarun from there was unbeatable as he set fastest lap after fastest lap to take the chequered flag with ease. Behind him Advait Deodhar finished with Lee Keshav pipping Siddharth Trivellore to 3rd place on the final lap. However after the race Tarun was under investigation for forcing Vikash Anand off the track at the start. The matter with Tarun Reddy and Vikash Anand at the start is under investigation with the stewards as this went to press.


In a bid to further attract Corporates and sponsors and reach more fans MMSC has signed up with a host of partners for the NRC. MRF Tyres will be the sole tyre partner for all categories that include over 70 drivers. The MMSC today also confirmed not one but two broadcast partners in Times Now and Doordarshan. Chennai Live 104.8FM has signed on as the Radio partner while Moti Mahal Delux will be the Hospitality partners.




2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship Returns to Chennai this Weekend



MRF FF1600, Touring Cars to be Joined by all New Superstock Category


June 19, 2014: The Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC), one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India, is gearing up for yet another Round of India's biggest domestic racing championship as the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) returns to Chennai this weekend. The 2014 NRC Round 2 will take place at the MMRT in Irungattukottai and will feature some of the fastest racing categories in India with the MRF FF1600 and the Indian Touring Car Championship (ITC). They will be joined by the Formula LGB 1300, Indian Junior Touring Car Championship (IJTC) and the all new Super Stock category. MMSC also confirmed that delayed coverage of the races will be shown on both Doordarshan and Times Now for all motorsport fans.


The MMSC, promoter of the NRC for the 17th successive year, will host races in all three racing circuits available in the country. While the 1st, 2nd and 4th rounds will be held in Chennai, the 3rd round will be held in Coimbatore while the 5th and final round will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. The MMSC had earlier hosted the MRF Racing Festival featuring the MRF Challenge and MRF FF1600 in Chennai in February.


MMSC President Ajit Thomas was confident of another exciting season ahead of the opener this weekend. He commented, "We are extremely thrilled to host the NRC for the 17th consecutive year. Our sole agenda has been promoting motorsport in the country, be it talent, infrastructure or machinery. We have provided the platform for youngsters to perform and we will continue to focus on this. MRF has made a huge impact in Indian motorsport and we are privileged to partner with them. They have the fastest single-seater category in India and more importantly all these cars have been designed and built locally in Coimbatore. We are mostly excited about introducing the new Super Stock category, which is a new CC to weight category in which we allow any homologated car upto 1799CC with Group N regulations in which there is no modification allowed on the engine."



The NRC returns with regular and seasoned campaigners returning to battle it out. The ITC will see the likes of B Vijaykumar, Radha Selvaraj, M Sivaramkrishnan and Arjun Narendran all looking to stamp their authority. The ITC, which will run along with the newly introduced Super Stock category, will see a total of 25 drivers combined on the grid.


The MRF FF1600, India's fastest single-seater series, is the perfect platform for young Indians to hone their skills for international challenges. Round 1 was a thriller with Tarun Reddy winning both races with moves on the final lap. Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar will be hoping to take the fight to the 16 year old from Chennai this weekend.


The IJTC will see the biggest ever line-up with 27 cars on the grid. Feroz Khan returns to defend his title with Fahad Kutty, Charen Chandran and S Narendran all looking to challenge for the title. The Formula LGB 1300 Championship will see last year's LGB F4 Champion S. Narendran, who made history by winning all races last year, go up against Goutam Parekh and Ajay Kini and a host of other drivers.


In a bid to further attract Corporates and sponsors and reach more fans MMSC has signed up with a host of partners for the NRC. MRF Tyres will be the sole tyre partner for all categories that include over 70 drivers. The MMSC today also confirmed not one but two broadcast partners in Times Now and Doordarshan. Chennai Live 104.8FM has signed on as the Radio partner while Moti Mahal Delux will be the Hospitality partners.




Mathana Kumar Stars with Two Wins & Two Podiums in TVS & Honda MMSC One Make Championship at Buddh International Circuit


Wins For Sarath Kumar And Sumit Lucas Toppo In Honda Cbr 250


March 23, 2014: Rider Mathan Kumar was the star with two wins and two podiums at the TVS & Honda One Make Championships at the Buddh International Circuit today. The young rider from Trichy won both races in the TVS MMSC One Make Racing Championship 2014 and finished in second place in both races of the Honda MMSC One Make Racing Championship 2014. Both Honda CBR 250R and TVS APACHE RTR 180 categories served as the main support races for the exciting new Tata T1 PRIMA Truck Racing Championship.


The action this weekend started with the Honda CBR 250 race and former Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar on pole position. He comfortably converted that into a race win as he crossed the chequered flag 4 seconds ahead of Mathana Kumar. Kamlesh Thakur had a lonely ride to 3rd place, over 5 seconds behind the 2nd placed man.


Race 2 saw the Honda's back in action with the CBR-150 Novice category. It was an extremely tight finish with S Kannan narrowly beating Malsawm Dawngliana by 0.673 seconds. The final spot on the podium went to Shreyas Sannake, who finished a further 7 seconds behind.


It was time for the TVS APACHE RTR 180 to take to the circuit and it was Mathana Kumar taking his first win of the weekend. He was followed home by B Lalruatshanga and Arvind Ganesh.


The second race of the Honda CBR-150 provided some thrilling action with E Saravanan and Malsawm Dangliana almost finishing side-by-side as they crossed the line. Saravanan won the race by 0.341 seconds. 3rd place went to Vivek Kumar, who was also close to the top two and finished 1 second behind.


Young rider Sumit Lucas Toppo won Race 2 of the CBR Honda-250 category with a convincing display. The battle for 2nd was close with Mathana Kumar just holding off race 1 winner Sarath Kumar in a thrilling battle.


The final race of the weekend was the TVS Apache RTR 180 again with Mathana Kumar doing the double with another win. While Mathana won comfortably, the battle behind was intense with 5 riders fighting for the last two podium spots. Shyam Shankar finished in 2nd place with B Lalruatshanga finishing in 3rd place.


Race 1 - Honda CBR-250


1. S.Sarath Kumar
2. Mathana Kumar
3. Kamlesh Thakur
4. A Prabhu
5. Akash Dingare


Race 2 - Honda CBR-150


1. S.Kannan
2. Malsawm Dawngliana
3. Shreyas Sannake
4. Shivakumaran Balachandran
5. Naresh Babu


Race 3 - TVS Apache RTR 180


1. Mathana Kumar
2. B Lalruatshanga
3. Arvind Ganesh
4. KY Ahmed
5. Arun Muthukrishnan


Race 4 - Honda CBR-150


1. E Saravanan
2. Malsawm Dawngliana
3. Vivek Kumar
4. Shreyas Sannake
5. S Kannan


Race 5 - Honda CBR-250


1. Sumit Lucas Toppo
2. Mathana Kumar
3. Sarath Kumar
4. Kamlesh Thakur
5. A Prabhu


Race 3 - TVS Apache RTR 180


1. Mathana Kumar
2. Shyam Shankar
3. B Lalruatshango
4. Arun Muthukrishnan
5. Arvind Ganesh




80 Riders Confirmed for TVS & Honda MMSC One Make Championship at Buddh International Circuit this weekend



To be Main Support Races for Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship


March 20, 2014: Former Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar will lead the charge of 80 riders as the 2014 MMSC One Make Racing Championship gets underway for the TVS & Honda One Make Championships at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend. Both Honda CBR 250R and TVS APACHE RTR 180 categories will be the support races for the exciting new Tata T1 PRIMA Truck Racing Championship.


The TVS Apache RTR 180 will have the Open and Novice class while Honda will have the CBR150R Novice class and CBR250R Open class. Some of India's top riders including Sarath Kumar, Sumit Lucas Toppo, A Prabhu, Mathana Kumar and a host of other riders will be taking part in this weekend's races.


For the first time the there will also be riders hailing from different parts of the country with riders from Ahmadabad, Chandigrah, Faridabad, Patna, Madurai, Chennai, Hyderabad all competing. This is only the second time that Motorcycle racing will take place at the BIC after MMSC hosted a Round of the INMRC last September.



Vicky Chandhok, Vice-President, MMSC commented, "We are extremely pleased to be promoters of India's first ever Truck racing championship. Having the TVS and Honda One Make Championships support the truck races promises a great weekend of motorsport for all fans. We have one of the biggest grids this year with riders from all over the country including Dehradun, Ranchi, Amritsar, Delhi etc. Honda and TVS are two important partners for us who is helping us reach out to young riders from different parts of the country."


Qualifying will take place tomorrow while races will be held on Saturday and Sunday morning.




With Effect from 1st March,2014, the Pay and Practise Rates at MMRT are Revised as under:


S. No Vehicles Members Rupees
1. Bikes Members Rs 700
2. Bikes Non members Rs 2000
3. Cars Members Rs 1500
4. Cars Non members Rs 2500

Per session, Service tax extra.


TRUSTEES



TIO Ellinas Crowned MRF Challenge 2013 Champion



Narain Karthikeyan Wins Race 1 in Emphatic Fashion
Tarun Reddy Wins Again in MRF 1600 National Racing Championship
K Jagan Dominates 165 Open Class Of indian National Motorcycle Championship


February 16, 2014: Cyprus driver TIO Ellinas is the MRF Challenge 2013 Champion as the nail-biting season came to an end here at the MMRT track on Sunday. Going in to the crunch race, nothing separated the title contenders Ellinas and Rupert Svendsen-Cook in terms of points and British driver Cook finished the 15-lap race ahead of Ellinas. Cook's party was however shortlived as stewards declared Ellinas as the provisional champion after he protested over Cook forcing him off the track on Lap 1 during the final race.


Cook was slapped with a 30-second penalty for pushing Ellinas off the track and as a result of that he was demoted to 12th spot in the race classification. He has also subsequently appealed against the stewards' decision. The shake-up elevated Belgian Sam Dejonghe to the top step of the podium with Ellinas and Dylan Young taking second and third spots respectively.


Earlier in the day, indian F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan enthralled the packed Sunday crowd as he won the Race 1 of the day with Sam Dejonghe winning Race 2. in the MRF 1600 National Racing Championship category Tarun Reddy passed Vikash Anand on the last lap to take his second win of the weekend with Advait Deodhar in third place. K. Jagan won his first race of the season in the first round of the indian Motorcycle National Racing Championship ahead Mathana Kumar and Harry Sylvester.


in Race 1, Ellinas had a great start and went into the lead while Svendsen-Cook passed Karthikeyan at first corner. The Safety Car came out on Lap 5 when Raj Bharath stopped on track with a push rod failure. At the restart, Ellinas pulled away with Svendsen-Cook in second and Karthikeyan in hot pursuit of the duo. With three laps to go, Karthikeyan pulled off a stunning manoeuvre over Svendsen-Cook into 'Anand' corner to move into second place. on the penultimate lap, he repeated the same move on Ellinas to move into the lead to a huge roar of the crowd. He crossed the finish line in first place ahead of Ellinas and Svendsen-Cook. Ellinas was given full points and two extra points for fastest lap to cut the gap from 9 points to level on points with one race to go. APRC Champion Gaurav Gill was impressive and was running in 5th place before he retired on the final lap.


Next race saw the MRF 1600 NRC category with Vikash Anand on pole alongside Kartik Tharani. Vikash made the perfect start and held on to the lead ahead of Advait Deodhar and Tharani. Tarun Reddy held on to his 4th position and started to put pressure on Tharani. He got past Tharani on the second lap and then passed Advait on the following lap to move into second place. Vikash continued to lead with Tarun behind unable to get close enough. Tarun made a move on the penultimate lap but Vikash managed to hold him off. on the final lap he made a move again into 'Anand' corner and made it stick moving himself into the lead. Tarun finished ahead of Vikash, who did 7 races this weekend after participating in both the MRF Challenge and MRF 1600 NRC. Advait took the final step on the podium.


in the MRF Challenge decider, Benjamin Anderson started on pole ahead of Dylan Young with the Championship rivals starting in 4th and 5th place respectively. Karthikeyan started in 6th place in the reverse-grid led race. Svendsen-Cook got the better start of the two rivals and was up to 3rd on lap 2 with Ellinas still stuck in 5th place. The Safety Car came out with 8 laps to go after Karthikeyan was hit in to a spin by Harry Tincknell. Karthikeyan recovered to get back on track albeit in last place. Sam Dejonghe took the lead when leader Ben Anderson was given a drive-thru penalty with Svendsen-Cook in second and Ellinas in third. They finished in the same order handing Svendsen-Cook the title ahead of Ellinas. Gill was once again impressively as he finished in 4th place while Vikash Anand fought from 17th on the grid to finish in a highly creditable 7th place.


Narain Karthikeyan commented, "It feels absolutely amazing to win in Chennai again after all these years. It was the crowd that gave me the further push and made this win possible. These guys are really good and it was great fun battling with them. I am very impressed with the cars in the MRF Challenge and thank J Anand and MRF for making this a special weekend for me."


Tarun Reddy was happy to win again and commented, "It was a perfect weekend for me and am excited to be back in the car. Winning on the last lap was not planned but I decided to make a last gasp move on Vikash and it paid off. The season is just starting so look forward to getting a lot more experience this year.


S. No Round 2 Sex Country Total
1 TIO Ellinas Male Cyprus 215
2 Rupert Svendsen-Cook Male UK 203
3 Sam Dejonghe Male BELGIUM 142
4 Arthur Pic Male France 134
5 Harry Tincknell Male UK 111

MRF Challenge 2013 Calendar:


Round 1: October 25-27, 2013, New Delhi, Buddh international Circuit (formula one Support Race)

Round 2: November 28-30, 2013, Bahrain, Bahrain international Circuit (World Endurance Championship Support Race)

Round 3: December 19-21, 2013, Bahrain, Bahrain international Circuit (Gulf Racing Festival)

Round 4: February 14-16, 2014, Chennai, Madras Motor Race Trust




Rupert Svendsen Cook storms into the Championship lead with a double win in MRF Challenge 2013 finale in Chennai



Narain Karthikeyan Thrills Fans With Podium Finish
Brilliant Win for Tarun Reddy in MRF 1600 National Racing Championship Opener
Sarath Kumar Dominates 165 Open Class Of indian National Motorcycle Championship


February 15, 2014: British driver Ruper Svendsen-Cook became the favourite for the MRF Challenge 2013 after two convincing wins at the MMRT in Chennai. His title rival TIO Ellinas had a tough day after only one podium finish, one 4th position and a DNF which saw a 22 point advantage turn into a 9 point deficit as we head into the last two races of the championship. indian F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan thrilled the home crowd with a great effort to finish 3rd on his return to the MMRT. in the MRF 1600 National Racing Championship category Tarun Reddy fought back from 8th place on lap 1 to win on the last lap ahead of Advait Deodhar and Vikash Anand. in the first round of the indian Motorcycle National Racing Championship, Sarath Kumar won ahead of Jagan K and Mathana Kumar.


in Race 1 Svendsen-Cook had a great start from 2nd on the grid to move into 1st place ahead of Ellinas, Dejonghe and Karthikeyan. Karthikeyan pulled off a great move to get past Dejonghe on Lap 5 to move into 3rd place and started chasing down Ellinas. Ellinas and Karthikeyan had a great battle with the indian all over the rear of the Cypriot driver. Svendsen-Cook crossed the line to win comfortably. Karthikeyan finished just behind Ellinas to finish on the podium in his first ever MRF Challenge 2013 race.



in Race 2 Svendsen-Cook once again got the jump on Ellinas and moved ahead in the 10 lap race. Dejonghe slotted in third and it was soon a three way battle between Svendsen-Cook, Ellinas and Dejonghe with Harry Tincknell closing in on the trio. Behind them young indian driver Raj Bharath enjoyed his best race of the season in 5th place ahead of APRC Champion Gaurav Gill. As they entered the last lap the order was the same with Ellinas trying everything possible to get past Svendsen-Cook. Ellinas made a move into C3 on the final lap and hit the Brit driver sending him into a spin. Ellinas had to retire with damage on his right front tyre while Svendsen-Cook managed to recover and get back on track. This gave Sam Dejonghe his first win of the season ahead of Harry Tincknell and a recovering Svendsen-Cook. Raj Bharath was forced to retire on the last lap with mechanical problems from a brilliant 5th position. Gill finished in 4th place but was later penalised for a jump start.


The MRF 1600 NRC category was up next with Tarun Reddy dominating qualifying earlier in the day. Tarun started on pole but got bogged down with a clutch problem which dropped him to 8th position. Advait Deodhar had a great start and led ahead of Kartik Tharani, Mihir Dharkar and Vikash Anand. Advait pulled away at the front with Tharani behind him. Tarun started picking off drivers and passed Vikash and Mihir before setting his sights on the front duo. Tarun got past Tharani with 2 laps to go and started to close in on Advait. Tarun went down the inside of Advait at Anands corner taking the lead and going on to win one of the best races of his career. Tharani finished in second place with Vikash Anand passing Dharkar to finish in 3rd place. Race 2 will take place tomorrow.



Tarun Reddy won his best race of his career so far. He commented, "I still can't believe I won today. This is easily the best race I have ever participated in. I had a problem with the clutch on the formation lap so knew the start would be a problem. I did not expect to drop to 8th but after that I tried to push as much as possible. I knew podium was possible but Advait was too far ahead. I caught him on the last lap and managed to surprise and pass him. It feels great and now I am looking forward to the race tomorrow."


The final race of the day was Race 3 of the MRF Challenge 2013. Svendsen-Cook got his trademark fast starts and moved into second place at the start behind Dylan Young. Ellinas starting at the back had a good start and was up to 6th place at the end of lap 2. Svendsen-Cook passed Young on lap 3 to take the lead pull away from the pack. Harry Tincknell was in 3rd place before passing Young for 2nd. The battle was for 4th place with Dejonghe, Ellinas, Ryan Cullen and Oscar King all close together. Tincknell closed the gap to Svendsen-Cook from 7 seconds to 1 second but was not enough and the latter took his second win of the day. Tincknell took his second podium of the day with Young taking his first podium of the season. indian drivers Vikash Anand and Raj Bharath put on a good show to finish in 9th and 10th positions respectively. With Ellinas only finishing in 5th place the championship swung again and this time towards Svendsen-Cook's favour. Svendsen-Cook has 185 points with Ellinas in second with 176 points. There are two races remaining tomorrow that will decide the MRF Challenge 2013 winner.


Race winner Rupert Svendsen-Cook was surprised to be leading the championship. He commented, "It was a fantastic day for me and I am thrilled to be in the lead of the championship. There are still two races to go tomorrow so still lot of work to do. Winning 2 out of the 3 races was great so am excited about tomorrow."



Championship contender TIO Ellinas was disappointed after a tough day of racing. He said, "in Race 1 I had a slow start and Rupert got ahead of me and was just too fast. Narain was right behind me and we had a great battle for 7-8 laps. in Race 2 I tried to pass Rupert in the final lap but he closed the door and we ended up colliding. I had to retire which was unfortunate and it also meant I had to start from the back in Race 3. in Race 3 5th was the best I could do after fighting my way from the back. I have lost the championship lead but tomorrow is a new day so I will push for the win."


Sam Dejonghe was happy to win his first race of the season. He said "We have been competitive all weekend so it feels great to take my first win today. There was almost nothing to choose from between TIO, Rupert and me in Race 2 so when they collided I was in the right place to take advantage. The MRF Challenge is a great championship so would like to thank my engineers and team for all their help."


Earlier in the day Sarath Kumar won the first race of the opening Round of the Group C 165CC Open of the FMSCI-MMSC inMRC. K Jagan put pressure on Sarath throughout the race and finally finished a second behind him. Mathana Kumar finished in a lonely third place ahead of Harry Sylvester. in the Group D 165CC Ankit Gupta took his first ever win ahead of Deva U and Harikiran P.


MRF Challenge 2013 Calendar:


Round 1: October 25-27, 2013, New Delhi, Buddh international Circuit (formula one Support Race)

Round 2: November 28-30, 2013, Bahrain, Bahrain international Circuit (World Endurance Championship Support Race)

Round 3: December 19-21, 2013, Bahrain, Bahrain international Circuit (Gulf Racing Festival)

Round 4: February 14-16, 2014, Chennai, Madras Motor Race Trust


TIO Ellinas on Pole for MRF Challenge 2013 Finale in Chennai



Sam Dejonghe & Narain Karthikeyan Fastest in Free Practice Sessions
Tarun Reddy Dominates MRF 1600 Free Practice Sessions


February 14, 2014: : Championship leader TIO Ellinas heads into the finale of the MRF Challenge 2013 on pole position ahead of title rival Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Narain Karthikeyan at the MMRT in Chennai. indian F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan, who was fastest in Free Practice 2, was forced to change his car for qualifying but still managed to qualify in 3rd place. However he will start on the front row for Race 3 on Sunday. in the MRF 1600 category, 16 year old Tarun Reddy was comfortably fastest in both practice sessions ahead of Advait Deodhar and Vikash Anand.


in the 30 minute qualifying session, Sam Dejonghe was the first to go top with a 1:33.909 ahead of Oscar King, who did a 1:33.949. Ellinas then came out and went fastest with a 1:33.257. Karthikeyan posted a 1:33.557 to go second fastest as he continued to acclimatize himself to the changed car. With 5 minutes to go Svendsen-Cook went second fastest with 1:33.452 while Ellinas went even faster by setting a 1:33.086 to be on pole position. Ellinas and Svendsen-Cook are separated by 22 points as they battle to be MRF Challenge 2013 Champion.



Pole sitter TIO Ellinas was thrilled to be on pole after finding the perfect balance in practice. He commented, "I am very happy to be on pole in what will be an important weekend for me. This is my first visit here and the circuit is really challenging to drive on. We worked on finding the perfect setup for qualifying and I am glad it paid off in the end. The weather here will be a factor here but I am really enjoying driving on this circuit."


Second placed man Rupert Svendsen-Cook commented, "I am relieved to be second on the grid after a tough practice session. We always knew the lap was there but it was important that we put it together. It is going to be a straight fight between TIO and me and this is the perfect way to start the finale of the MRF Challenge 2013."


Narain Karthikeyan was disappointed with 3rd after going fastest in practice. He commented, "I am disappointed with qualifying but happy to atleast start on the front row for Sunday's race. Practice was great and I managed to finish close to half a second ahead with the car feeling good. We unfortunately had an engine problem and had to swap cars so took me some time to get used to it. The speed is definitely there so look forward to the race tomorrow."



The indians enjoyed a good day with Raj Bharath qualifying in a series best 7th position with APRC Champion Gaurav Gill in 9th position. Vikash Anand struggled and will start in 14th position.


Sam Dejonghe was the fastest man in Free Practice 1 as the drivers spent time learning the circuit. He set a fastest time of 1:34:159 with Karthikeyan behind him with a 1:34:267. in Free Practice 2, Karthikeyan topped the time sheets with a 1:33:849 ahead of Sam Dejonghe, who was half a second off his pace. Races 1&2 will take place tomorrow with Races 3, 4&5 taking place on Sunday.


Tarun Reddy continued to impress in the MRF 1600 category as he was a full second faster than the rest of the grid in both practice sessions. Behind him was Advait Deodhar, Vikash Anand, Arjun Narendran and Siddharth Trivellore. Qualifying will take place tomorrow morning ahead of Race 1.


About MRF Challenge 2013


The four round calendar will include 14 races, and will see the leading single-seater racing category in india go international with two rounds to be held in Bahrain in November and December. The final round of the championship will be held in Chennai in February. MRF also confirmed a prize money of Rs. 6,500,000 for the winners of the Championship.


in its second year, the MRF Challenge 2013 will feature 18 MRF formula 2000 race cars, which have been made in india by JA Motorsport based in Coimbatore, in collaboration with Dallara, world's largest racing car manufacturer and also Jayem Automotives Ltd, which is a strategic partner for Tata Motors Ltd. The formula 3 style car has been built by JA Motorsport in technical collaboration with Dallara, and is considered to be the fastest of its kind in Asia. The MRF formula 2000 is powered by a 2.0 litre 210 BHP Renault Sport Engine and will have a Hewland 6-Speed sequential gearbox. The race car has also been crash tested to FIA F3 safety standards and will race with MRF ZLO slick and wet tyres.


Please go to www.mrfracing.in for information on Championship Standings.


MRF Challenge 2013 Calendar:


Round 1: October 25-27, 2013, New Delhi, Buddh international Circuit (formula one Support Race)

Round 2: November 28-30, 2013, Bahrain, Bahrain international Circuit (World Endurance Championship Support Race)

Round 3: December 19-21, 2013, Bahrain, Bahrain international Circuit (Gulf Racing Festival)

Round 4: February 14-16, 2014, Chennai, Madras Motor Race Trust


Wish you a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014



The Presidents & Members of Madras Motor Sports Club
Wish you a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014


2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 5 Day 2 Race Report from Chennai


December 15, 2013: The final round of the FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Championship got underway at the MMRT with india's leading motorcycle rider's in action. A total of 10 races took place with many action packed races. This marked the final round of races for the 2013 season.


The action once again started with the YZF R15 Novice category in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship. for the third time this weekend it was a battle between Mizoram rider Lal Rindika and Akash Dingare. Lal Rindika managed to hold off Dingare by three tenths of a second for the win but Dingare did enough to be crowned champion.


Race 2 of the day saw Sumit Lucas Toppo continue his perfect weekend after taking yet another win in CBR 150cc open category in the Honda MMSC one Make Championship. He was followed home by Vivek Mani in second place with Ananth Raj finishing in third place.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Balaji U took his first win when Akash Dingare was excluded from the final result. Naresh Babu finished in second place with A Muralidharan finishing in third place.


K Rajni reigned supreme once again in the 165CC Group C category after a race long battle with A Prabhu. It was a three-way battle for third place with K Jagan beating Deepak R and Dinesh Kumar to take the final step on the podium.


The TVS MMSC one Make Championship with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice was up next. Lal Rindika won his 5th consecutive race ahead of S Kannan. Amit Richard took yet another podium as he finished in third place.


K Rajni took his second win of the day when he won the Honda MMSC one Make Championship race with the CBR 250cc bikes. Champion Sarath Kumar was forced to retire from the lead after two laps. Dinesh Kumar finished in second place with A Prabhu in third.


KY Ahamed took the top step of the podium once again with a win in the Group D 130cc Novice category. After a race long battle with S Kannan, Ahamed held on to the lead to win by a close margin. C Akash finished in a lonely third place.


The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship in YZF R15 Open category provided the most entertaining race of the day with the top three riders finishing within half a second of each other. in a thrilling finish Ananth Raj beat M Sudhakar by three thousands of a second to win the race. Third place finisher Arun Muthukrishnan fought them all the way, finishing just behind the leaders.


in the Honda CBF Stunner Novice category, Meka Vidhuraj won convincingly ahead of Akash Dingare. Mithun Kumar finished in a distant third position after fighting for the lead in the opening laps.


The Apache RTR 180 open category, which is part of the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, was a tight race with SK Prakash winning. The battle behind him was extremely close with 5 riders finishing within 1 second of each other. Ananth Raj and Vivek Mani were side-by-side as they crossed the line in second and third place. Vivek Mani took third in the final race of the season.



2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 5 Day 1 Race Report from Chennai


December 13, 2013:The final round of the FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Championship got underway at the MMRT with india's leading motorcycle rider's in action. A total of 13 races took place with many action packed races. 10 riders from Nepal also took place in the one make championships with leading 2-wheeler manufacturers Honda, Yamaha and TVS Racing.


The action started with the YZF R15 Novice category in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship. Akash Dingare inched one step closer to the title with a win over Lal Rindika. Championship contender A Muralidharan, who trailed by one point as they headed into the final round had to retire after 4 laps. Shreyas Shankar took the final step on the podium.


Race 2 of the day saw Sumit Lucas Toppo take the title with a close fought win in the CBR 150cc open category in the Honda MMSC one Make Championship. With the top separated by less than one second it was a thrilling race that saw many lead changes. Toppo managed to hold on in the end beating Ananth Raj and Arvind Ganesh. in the Group D 130cc Novice category, C Akash won ahead of KY Ahamed and S Kannan.


K Rajni and Deepak R had a terrific battle in the 165CC Group C category with the former just edging ahead. Both riders started well and were side-by-side for most of the race but Rajni managed to pull ahead on the final lap. K Jagan had to settle for third place after holding off Dinesh Kumar.


The TVS MMSC one Make Championship with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice was up next. Lal Rindika continued his excellent run with a 4th consecutive win that puts him in with a chance for the title as well. Championship leader KY Ahamed came in second but has his lead cut to 4 points. Pole sitter Amit Richard came in third place.


in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship in YZF R15 Open category, Mathana Kumar continued his fine run of form to close in on Championship leader Shyam Shankar with a dominating win. The battle for second was extremely close with Shyam Shankar, Ananth Raj and Abhishek all finishing within a second off each other.


in the Honda CBF Stunner Novice category, Amit Richard took his first win of the year after holding off Akash Dingare for the win. Mithun Kumar took the final step of the podium. Championship leader Meka Vidhuraj got a penalty and finished in 4th place.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Akash Dingare comfortably won ahead of Championship leader Meka Vidhuraj. GA Sunil took his first ever podium finish, albeit 20 seconds off the winner.


Race 9 of the day was the Honda MMSC one Make Championship with the CBR 250cc bikes. Sarath Kumar beat rival K Rajni in convincing fashion. Dinesh Kumar held off A Prabhu to finish third in a closely contested race.


in the Apache RTR 180 open category, which is part of the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, Mathana Kumar won a tight race ahead of Arvind Ganesh and Ananth Raj. for most of the race the top 4 riders were covered by less than a second.


The second YZF R15 Novice race in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship took place next with Mizoram rider Lal Rindika beating Akash Dingare by less than three tenths of a second at the finish line. Both riders swapped places many times before Rindika finished ahead. Amit Richard finished a distant third.


The penultimate race of the day saw Sumit Lucas Toppo winning yet again in the CBR 150cc open category in the Honda MMSC one Make Championship. Arun Muthukrishnan finished in second place ahead of D Dinesh.


The final race of the day saw KY Ahamed take the win in the Group D 130cc Novice category. After a race long battle with S Kannan, Ahamed took the lead on the last lap and held on for the win. E Saravanan secured third spot.


The action will resume tomorrow with more action packed races expected.



Final Round of FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Championship to take Place in Chennai this Weekend


December 13, 2013:The Madras Motor Race Trust will play host for the final round of the FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Championship this weekend. A total of 26 races is expected to take place with leading 2-wheeler manufacturers Honda, Yamaha and TVS Racing. The promoters, MMSC, also confirmed that 10 riders from Nepal will take part in this weekend's races.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Vidhuraj leads the championship with 155 points. A Muralidharan and S Sahay are in second and third places respectively with 123 & 121 points each. All three riders won a race each in the last round.


in the Group D 130cc Novice category, KY Ahamed Is leading the championship with 158 points, with M Sethu Babu in second place with 107 points and R Venkatraman in third place with 83 points.


K Jagan was crowned champion in the 165CC Group C category in the last round after winning 5 out of the 8 races so far. Behind him the battle for second place is close with S Vivek Pillai and Sumit Lucas Toppo both tied on 94 points.


in the Honda CBF Stunner Novice category, championship favourite Meka Vidhuraj will have to work hard to ensure he takes the title with a 28 point lead. After winning the first five races on the trot Vidhuraj has struggled the last couple of races allowing R Venkataraman to close in with all to play for in the final round. Akash Dingare is in third place with 91 points.


Sumit Lucas Toppo is in sight of the Honda MMSC one Make Championship in the CBR 150cc open category. He has a 57 point lead over R Ramesh Kumar with 75 points still available.Ananth Raj lies in third place with 79 points.


The Honda MMSC one Make Championship with their CBR 250cc bikes sees former Moto3 rider Sarath Kumar in a comfortable lead over Rajni Krishnan. Rajni missed the last round as he was racing internationally. This has given Sarath a 39 point lead with two races remaining. Sumit Lucas Toppo is 3 points behind Rajni and will be looking to challenge india's top two riders this weekend.


The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship with the YZF R15 Novice category has Akash Dingare and Muralidharan fighting for the championship with 1 point separating the two. Mizoram rider Lal Rindika is in third place, albeit a further 24 points away.


in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship in YZF R15 Open category, early favourite Shyam Shankar continues to hold on to the lead after struggling in the last round. Mathana Kumar is in second place 9 points off the leader with M Sudhakar and P Ananth Raj fighting for third place in the championship.


The TVS MMSC one Make Championship with the third TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice will see a three-way battle for the title. KY Ahamed is leading the championship on 127 points with S Sahay on 116 points and Lal Rindika on 115 points. Lal Rindika stormed back into contention after winning all three races in the last round.


in the Apache RTR 180 open category, which is part of the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, Ananth Raj is in the lead with 147 points. S Prakash is second with 118 points followed by Mathana Kumar on 100 points.



FMSCI Rally Championships Set for Early Start in 2014


October 08, 2013: The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of india (FMSCI) today announced changes for the 2014 indian Rallying Championship (IRC) at the FMSCI Rally Commission (Rallycom) meeting. The FMSCI announced that the opening round of the 5 Round 2014 IRC will be held in Chennai in March, the South india Rally. The FMSCI also confirmed plans for a 10 round indian National Time Speed Distance Rally Championship (inTSDRC) which will be spread across the country. The opening round of the inTSDRC will be held in mid-February in Coimbatore


The Rallycom meeting saw some major changes being made to next year's championship with the FMSCI now allowing foreign participants to take part in the championship next year. The FMSCI also confirmed that the number of categories will be cut down to three main categories.
At the Rallycom meeting the following three categories were announced for the 2014 IRC:


1) Overall - N4 / R2 upto 3500 cc excluding turbo factor: Eligible cars will have to be FIA / FMSCI homologated and foreign drivers will also be eligible to score points.


2) Upto 1600cc Group N FMSCI Homologated 2wd cars within this category: There will be a separate cup for FMSCI Homologated cars pre 2007 and this category will be open to indian drivers only.


3) Upto 2000cc 2wd Group N FMSCI Homologated cars: foreign drivers will also be eligible for points in this category.


FMSCI Rallycom Head, Ashwin Pandit President said, "We are extremely pleased with the great response to this year's Rally Championship. We are committed to make Rallying in india better and are confident the changes we have made will help improve the sport in india. The entry of foreign drivers will not only help develop our drivers but also make Rallying in india more competitive. in addition the inTSDRC is becoming a very popular event in the country and now we will take it across india. The next few years will hopefully see india becoming a strong force in the world in rallying. We would like thank all the member clubs for agreeing to host the events next year."


The Rallycom also finalized the plans for the 2014 inTSDRC (TSD Rally Championship) with plans to take the championship pan-india. There will be 10 races held next year, marking the biggest calendar for the TSD Rally Championship. The opening round of the championship will be held in Coimbatore in mid-February. The cities targeted for the 2014 inTSDRC include Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Orissa, Ranchi.


The final calendars for both 2014 IRC and inTSDRC will be confirmed by the end of the year.



Day 2 - 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 4 Race Report from Chennai


October 06, 2013: Round 4 of the 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship continued at the MMRT in Chennai today with a total 11 races taking place. The Championship includes leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend with 23 races on display. Day 1 saw brilliant racing and Day 2 continued just where it left off with some more great wheel-to-wheel action.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Balaji won his first race of the weekend ahead of A Muralidharan and S Sahay in a closely contested battle. The top 7 riders were extremely close to each other with 2 seconds separating them.


in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship in YZF R15 Open category, Ananth Raj took a comfortable win ahead of Mathana Kumar with S Padmanabhan finishing right behind in third place.


The TVS MMSC one Make Championship was up next, with the third TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice race of the weekend. Mizoram rider Lalrindika made it a perfect weekend by making it three out of three wins. S Sahay finished in second place ahead of Mithun Kumar.


Race 4 of the day featured the Honda MMSC one Make Championship with the CBR 150cc open category bikes on display. Sumit Lucas Toppo took a well deserved win after a race long battle with second place finisher Ananth Raj. Harshit took the final step on the podium ahead of Dinesh Kumar.


The Group D 130cc Novice category saw a repeat of the first race with KY Ahamed once again just managing to beat Sethu Babu on the final lap to take a brilliant win. There was a 4 way fight for 3rd position once again with A Venkatraman clinching the final podium spot.


Next race of the day saw the 165CC Group C bikes in action. K Jagan took his third win on the trot with yet another convincing win for TVS Racing. R Deepak finished in second place with Harry Sylvester returning to the podium in third place.


in the Honda CBF Stunner Novice category, R Venkataraman took his second win of the weekend taking a narrow win over Amit Topno. Both riders were separated by tenth of a second as they crossed the finish line. Saravanan finished in third place to take the final step of the podium.


The Honda MMSC one Make Championship displayed their CBR 250cc bikes in the next race of the day. Sarath Kumar was once again in sublime form as he comfortably won ahead of R Deepak and Shyam Shankar. Championship favourite Rajni Krishnan did not participate this weekend as he is away racing internationally.


The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship was next up with the YZF R15 Novice race. Muralidharan took his second win of the weekend as he finished ahead of Lalrindika. Amit Topno challenged for second spot in the first couple of laps but could not get past Lalrindika and had to settle for third place.


Next race of the day was the Apache RTR 180 open category, which is part of the TVS MMSC one Make Championship. Mathana Kumar took another win ahead of S Prakash and Thamarai Kannan. Kannan just managed to finish ahead as he emerged from a 4 way battle to take the final podium spot.


The final race of the weekend was Race 3 of the Honda CBF Stunner Novice category in the Honda MMSC one Make Championship. Akash Dingare denied R Venkatraman a perfect weekend when he finished ahead in the final race of the day. The race saw a great three way battle for the lead throughout the entire race with Akash just edging ahead. Amit Topno clinched the final step of the podium with the top three riders separated by two tenths of a second in one of the closest races of the weekend.


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Day 1 - 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 4 Race Report from Chennai


October 05, 2013: After a highly successful Round at the Buddh international Circuit in Greater Noida, Round 4 of the 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship returned to the MMRT in Chennai. The Championship includes leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend with over 20 races on display. Day 1 saw brilliant racing with more than 7 races being closely contested with great wheel-to-wheel action.


The first race of the day was the TVS MMSC one Make Championship. in the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice category, Mizoram rider Lalrindika beat Mithun Kumar and S Kannan to take the first win of the day.


Race 2 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 150cc bikes where Ananthraj took the win. Dinesh Kumar and Sumit Lucas Toppo battled it out for second spot with Dinesh just finishing ahead.


in the Honda CBF Stunner Novice category, R Venkataraman crossed the line ahead of Akash Dingare and Saravanan with less than one tenth of a second separating the top 3.


Race 4 of the day saw the 165CC Group C bikes in action. K Jagan continued where he left off from the BIC to take a dominating win by over 15 seconds. Dinesh Kumar had a lonely race and finished in 2nd place. The battle for the final podium spot was a three way battle with A Prabhu clinching 3rd place ahead of Sumit Lucas Toppo and Vivek Pillai.


The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship was next up with the YZF R15 Novice race. Muralidharan won his first race of the season in convincing fashion setting fastest lap after fastest lap along the way. Akash Dingare and Amit Topno were side-by-side as they headed into the final lap with Akash just pipping Amit by a mere two tenths off a second.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Viduraj won his first race of the weekend ahead of S Sahay and Balaji in a closely contested race.


Next race of the day was the Apache RTR 180 open category, which is part of the TVS MMSC one Make Championship. Mathana Kumar took the win ahead of Thamarai Kannan and Allwyn Jebaz with a five second gap covering the top 5 finishers.


in the Group D 130cc Novice category, Chennai born KY Ahamed beat Sethu Babu on the final lap to take a brilliant win. There was a 4 way fight for 3rd position with A Venkatraman clinching the final podium spot.


The Honda MMSC one Make Championship displayed their CBR 250cc bikes in the next race of the day. Sarath Kumar bounced back from his disappointment at the BIC in the previous round to take a hard fought win over Sumit Lucas Toppo. The top two were separated by less than 2 tenths of a second as they crossed the finish line. Dinesh Kumar had a great last lap to move from 5th to 3rd and clinch the final podium spot.


in the second Group D 165cc Novice class race, S Sahay beat A Muralidharan by a close margin to take his first win of the day. R Harikrishnan finished in the 3rd place to take the final podium spot.


in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship in YZF R15 Open category, Vivek Pillai continued from where he left off from the last round to convincingly win ahead of Ananth Raj. S Padmanabhan managed to hold off a charging Mathana Kumar to take third place.


The final race of the day was the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novices on track for the second time. Mizoram rider Lalrindika made a memorable day with a second win of the day.He was followed across the finish line by Mithun Kumar and S Kannan.


The riders will be back on track once again tomorrow with a total of 10 races still to take place at Round 4 of the 2013 FMSCI indian Motorcycle Championship in Chennai.


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Vikash Anand takes first ever Win of the Season in MRF 1600 at MMSC National Racing Championship



MMSC Doles out Prize Money of over 60 Lakhs for NRC
Diljith Crowned Toyota EMR Trophy Winner
Leelakrishnan Crowned ITC Champion


September 15, 2013: indian driver won his first ever MRF 1600 race in style of the season ahead of 15yr old Tarun Reddy at the final round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship at the Buddh international Circuit in Greater Noida. M Sivaramakrishnan won the indian Touring Car race after 2013 Champion and winner N Leelakrishnan was given a 15 second penalty for jumping the start. The BIC was bustling with 15000 fans present for the MMSC NRC special weekend for both cars and bikes. MMSC prize money of over 60 lakhs for the 2013 MMSC NRC is the highest of its kind for indian motorsport.


The opening race, the Toyota EMR Trophy had Diljith, who started on pole position, again lead from start to finish win with ease. Akhil Rabindra was again his main competition finishing in second place, 6.686 seconds behind the leader. Dean Mascarenhas finished in a distant third, 13.187 seconds behind the leader.



in the ITC race, Leelakrishnan started on pole and convincingly led from start to finish. Arjun Balu startting in second, also had a good start and was followed by M Sivaramakrishnan and V Ramnarayan. Arjun managed to stay in second with Sivaramkrishnan all over him. on lap 3 Sivaramkrishnan made his move and passed Arjun with Ramnarayan also getting past a lap later. Leelakrishnan crossed the finish line in 1st place but was later given a 15 second penalty for jumping the start. He eventually finished in 3rd position while Sivaramakrishnan was adjudged the winner. Ramnarayan finished in third place to take the final step of the podium. Leelakrishnan was crowned 2013 ITC Champion with 2012 Champion Arjun Balu finishing in second and V Ramnarayan in third position in the overall championship standings. Newly crowned indian Junior Touring Car champion Feroze Khan signed off in style with victory in the IJTC race. Charen Chandran finished in second place ahead of Race 1 winner Ananth Pitawala.


The MRF 1600 race was up next with Japanese driver Kizuka Hirota on reverse-grid pole position. Vikash Anand had a great start from fourth on the grid and was upto second place after the first corner behind Hirota. Behind him Yudai Jinkawa, Advait Deodhar and Tarun Reddy followed. Tarun passed Advait on the long straight to move into 4th place behind Yudai. Vikash started putting pressure on Hirota and passed him on lap 2 with a brilliant move around the outside on Turn 4 at the end of the long straight. Tarun passed Hirota and Yudai over the next two laps to move into second place. At the front Vikash continued to put in fastest laps and pull away from the rest of the pack. He crossed the line in first place to take a well deserved win. tarun finished in second place with Hirota in third after Yudai suffered a puncture. 2013 Championship winner Ashwin Sundar did not race and was crowned MRF 1600 Champion in the last round. Vikash Anand finished in second place with Tarun Reddy in third place in the Championship.



With the championship still on the line, the final race of the day was Race 4 of the Toyota EMR Trophy. Varun Anekar started on pole in the reverse grid race. Varun led from the start and took his first ever win ahead of Akshay Gupta and Binoy John Maddela. Diljith finished in 4th place but that was enough for him to be crowned the first ever Toyota EMR Trophy winner with Akshil Rabindra in second and Varun Anekar in third place in the standings. All the three will get the opportunity to race internationally in the Vios Cup that will take place in Thailand later this year, which is conducted by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) in Thailand.


Results


Race 1, Toyota EMR


1. Diljith
2. Akhil Rabindra
3. Dean Mascarenhas


Race 2, ITC


1. M Sivaramakrishnan
2. V Ramnarayan
3. N Leelakrishnan


Race 2, indian Junior Touring Cars


1. Feroze Khan
2. Charen Chandran
3. Ananth Pitawala


Race 3, MRF 1600


1. Vikash Anand
2. Tarun Reddy
3. Kizuka Hirota


Race 4, Toyota EMR


1. Varun Anekar
2. Akshay Gupta
3. Binoy John Maddela


Championship Winners for MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship


indian Touring Cars


1. N Leelakrishnan
2. Arjun Balu
3. V Ramnarayan


indian Junior Touring Cars


1. Feroze Khan
2. Charen Chandran
3. VJ Senthil


MRF 1600


1. Ashwin Sundar
2. Vikash Anand
3. Tarun Reddy


Toyota EMR Trophy


1. Diljith
2. Akhil Rabindra
3. Varun Anekar




2013 FMSCI-MMSC indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 3 Race Report from Buddh international Circuit


September 15, 2013: K Rajini Krishnan stole the show with a win and runner-up place at Round 3 of the 2013 FMSCI-MMSC indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the Buddh international Circuit today. Both Honda CBR 250R and NRC Experts categories saw some close racing all weekend with a crowd of 15000 fans present in the grandstand at the BIC.


The MMSC inMRC created history by becoming the first ever competitive bike championship to race at the BIC and included leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend.


First race of the day saw the TVS-Apache RTR180 in action and Mathana Kumar took the honours with another convincing win to complete a perfect weekend for the young rider. The battle for second was a five-way scrap with Ananth Raj finishing in second just ahead of SK Prakash. Arvind Ganesh finished in 4th position ahead of Mizoram rider B Lalrutsanga.


The second race of the day, the Yamaha-Y2F R15, saw Arun Muthukrishnan crossing the finish line ahead of Ramesh by a mere 0.448 seconds. Race 1 winner Shyam Shankar finished in 3rd place ahead of Vivek Pillai. The difference in time between 3rd position and 7th position was 3 tenths off a second as they crossed the finish line showing how close the racing was.


The CBR 250R race once again was highlight of the day with 7 riders all in position to win for the entire race. There was frantic trading of places for the entire race. Sarath Kumar, who started on pole, lost out at the start to Race 1 winner K Rajini Krishnan. Rajini led for the first two laps with Sarath, Sumit Lucas Toppo, Harshit Rao, A Prabhu all following. Prabhu and Sarath took over the lead for a brief while before Rajini was back in front. Heading into the last lap Rajini led followed by Prabhu and Sarath. As they came out of the last corner Prabhu and Sarath collided with both crashing out of the race. Rajini held on for another great win with Sumit finishing in second and Harshit Rao in third place.


The last race of the day saw the NRC Experts 165cc take to the track. If the previous race was close the NRC Experts category provided even more action with some great wheel-to-wheel racing. Rajini was once again in the thick of things as he led from the start followed by K Jagan and Sumit Lucas Toppo. Right behind them was Deepak R and Vivek Pillai with all 6 riders in with a chance to win. in the end Jagan overtook race leader Rajini on the final lap to finish 0.183 seconds behind. Deepak R finished in 3rd place, 0.265 seconds behind. The top 5 were separate by 0.765 seconds at the end of the race.


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Yudai Jinkawa Wins Thriller in MRF 1600 at MMSC National Racing Championship


Leelakrishnan Continues Dominance in ITC
Diljith Wins in Toyota EMR Trophy


September 14, 2013: Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa won a thrilling MRF 1600 race ahead of Vikash Anand and Tarun Reddy (later given a jumpstart penalty) with the top 3 being separated by 3 tenths off a second at the chequered flag. The final round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship took place at the Buddh international Circuit at Greater Noida with most drivers driving here for the first time. N Leelakrishnan held off reigning champion Arjun Balu to win by 3.030seconds in the indian Touring Car category while Ananth Pitawala claimed his first ever win in the indian Junior Touring Car category. Diljith won Race 1 while youngster Akhil Rabindra won Race 2 of the Toyota EMR Trophy.


The opening race, the Toyota EMR Trophy had Diljith, who started on pole position, lead from start to finish to take a dominant win. Akhil Rabindra managed to hold off Abhinay Bikkani to finish in second place, 7.716 seconds behind the leader. Varun Anekar finished in 4th place after a race long battle with Akhil and Abhinay.


in the ITC race, Leelakrishnan started on pole and had a good start off the line. Arjun Balu started slow but just managed to hold off a charging M Sivaramakrishnan behind him. Leelakrishnan pulled a 2 second lead in the first two laps and managed to keep the gap for the rest of the race. Arjun went faster as the race went on setting his fastest lap off the race on the second last lap. Sivaramakrishnan had a lonely race in third as he finished 13.317 seconds behind the leader.


The next race was the most exciting with the MRF 1600 on track. Yudai, starting on pole, had a great start and went into the lead with Tarun and Vikash right behind him. Tarun and Vikash had a great battle for the first 3 laps with the latter finally getting past in the mid-sector. Vikash then started to reel Yudai in bringing Tarun with him and was right on his tail with three laps to go. Vikash drove brilliantly and tried to pass Yudai several times but could not find a way past. The top three finally finished within a mere 0.307 seconds separating them. Tarun was later given a penalty for jumping the start and ended up in 5th place with Advait Deodhar moving up to the final podium spot. Adavit, Kizuka Hirota and Masaki Fujimura had their own battle trading places throughout the race.


The final race of the day was Race 2 of the Toyota EMR Trophy with Akhil Rabindra taking his first victory. It was the closest Toyota race with 1 second separating the top 4 at the chequered flag. Akhil and Diljith started in 7th & 8th position and worked their way through field. Akhil had a better start and was upto 4th position by lap 3. He then passed Varun Aneakr to move into 2nd place before passing Farhan Ahmed to take the lead. Diljith moved up to 3rd position and tried hard to pass Farhan for 2nd place but ran out of laps.


Results:


Race 1, Toyota EMR


1. Diljith
2. Akhil Rabindra
3. Varun Anekar


Race 2, ITC


1. N Leelakrishnan
2. Arjun Balu
3. M Sivaramakrishnan


Race 3, indian Junior Touring Cars


1. Ananth Pitawala
2. VJ Senthil
3. Charen Chandran


Race 4, MRF 1600


1. Yudai Jinkawa
2. Vikash Anand
3. Advait Deodhar


Race 5, Toyota EMR


1. Akhil Rabindra
2. Farhan Ahmed
3. Diljith




2013 FMSCI-MMSC indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 3 Race Report from Buddh international Circuit


September 14, 2013: Round 3 of the 2013 FMSCI-MMSC indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship kicked off at the Buddh international Circuit today with 4 races taking place. The highlight of the day was the wheel-to-wheel battle between india's top two riders Sarath Kumar & K Rajini Krishnan in the Honda CBR 250 category. Rajini got past Sarath on the final corner in the final lap to take the win by 0.0157 seconds.


The MMSC inMRC created history by becoming the first ever competitive bike championship to race at the BIC and included leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend.


First race of the day saw the TVS-Apache RTR180 in action and Mathana Kumar took the honours with a convincing win. He was followed across the finish line by Ananth P Raj, who finished 5.898 seconds behind. The battle for third went down to the wire with a three-way-battle between Arvind Ganesh, SK Prakash and Alwyn Jebaz. Arvind came out in front to take the final step of the podium.


The second race of the day, the Yamaha-Y2F R15, provided some more nail biting action with Shyam Shankar and Vivek Pillai trading placed all through the race. Shyam and Vivek came out of the last corner side-by-side with Shyam just edging ahead as they crossed the finish line 0.083 seconds ahead.


The action resumed with the CBR 250R with india's two top riders Sarath Kumar & Rajini Krishnan going head-to-head once again. Last time out in Chennai both collided and it looked like it might happen again but both riders put on a scintillating performance to show their class. Sarath, who started on pole, led off the line followed by Abhishek V and Rajini. Rajini soon passed Abhishek and had a race long battle with Sarath. At the start of the last lap it looked like Sarath had done enough but Rajini came hard at him and they were side-by-side coming into the fast corner. Rajini dived down the inside of Sarath and made the move stick and crossed the line in first place ahead of Sarath. Abhishek V finished in the third place.


The last race of the day saw the NRC Experts 165cc take to the track. K Jagan took a victory ahead of Harry Sylvester and Deepak R. Jagan started well and led from start to finish easily. Harry and Deepak behind him battled each other the whole race with almost nothing between them.


Races will resume tomorrow morning at 10am.


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Biggest National Racing Championship Weekend to take Place in BIC this Weekend



2-Wheelers & 4-Wheelers to Race together for First Time


September 13, 2013: for the first time in the history of indian motorsports, both 2-Wheelers and 4-Wheelers of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship will race together in a special weekend at the famed Buddh international Circuit in Greater Noida this weekend on September 14-15. Both the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship and FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Championship will take place on the same weekend bringing together the biggest manufacturers in the world. Toyota, Honda, Yamaha will bring the international manufacturers together while MRF Tyres and TVS Racing will keep the indian flag flying high. This will also mark the first time that a motorcycle race will be held at the BIC since the circuit opened in 2011.


The launch saw the 160+ participants standing on the main straight of the BIC under the start-finish lights along with various racing categories that will take place this weekend. The five partners (MRF, TVS, Toyota, Yamaha, Honda) all addressed the media and stressed on the need to develop motorsports in the country and this weekend being one little step.


Speaking on the main straight of the Buddh international Circuit to kick off the racing this weekend, Mr. Vicky Chandhok, President, FMSCI, commented, "This is truly a great moment for us to have both 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers racing on the same weekend. We would like to do this in a more regular basis depending on the outcome of the weekend. The home of the indian GP is a great place to host this event for the first time ever. It is great to see manufacturers like Toyota, Honda, Yamaha, TVS and of course MRF Racing all coming together for one simple goal - develop the sport in india. To have the first ever motorcycle race at the BIC is truly a great feeling and I am confident that this is the first of many. We will have motorcycle racing, single-seater racing, sportscar racing, what more could a racing fan ask for?"


The historic weekend will feature the MRF 1600 category, Toyota EMR Trophy and the indian Touring Cars and indian Junior Touring Cars Championship in the 4-Wheeler category. The 2-Wheeler races will include the the TVS Apache RTR-180 category, Yamaha Y2F R15 one Make Championship, Honda CBR 250 one Make Championship and NRC Experts, Group C upto 165cc.


Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC, was thrilled at the prospect of both cars and bikes racing on the same weekend. He commented, "This is the 17th year of the National Racing Championship and we are really excited about this special weekend that will see both bikes and cars running together. in our 60th year I am extremely proud of the great work done by everyone at the MMSC and all our esteemed partner. We are keen to take this unique initiative to the BIC and looking to make this a constant fixture in the coming years. We have only one objective in mind and that is to develop motorsports in the country and do everything in our power to make it a success."


MRF Racing, will unleash their MRF 1600 category on the BIC for only the second time, after being the support race for the formula one indian GP in 2011. Ashwin Sundar wrapped up the championship in the last round in Chennai but young pretenders Tarun Reddy, Advait Deodhar and Vikash Anand will be looking to make their mark at this challenging circuit. The international drivers have been impressive with Yudai Jinkawa taking three wins and Kizuki Hirota taking one win.


Mr. Arun Mammen, Managing Director, MRF Tyres, commented, "Coming to the BIC is always a special feeling and we can't wait to see our cars go around this great circuit. Since the lap is longer and harder on the tyres we have had to push the envelope to ensure the driver's can push the cars to the limit. We are extremely proud of the entire MRF 1600 season and a special thank you to the entire team who have made this possible. At the beginning of the season we were clear that we wanted to have a competitive series and am glad to see that we have achieved this. There is no better way to end the season that letting these young drivers fight it out at the BIC."



The indian Touring Car championship will see championship leader looking to close out the title as heads to the BIC with a 34 point lead. Last year's champion Arjun Balu has seen his title hopes fade over the last two rounds as he has struggled to finish on the podium. He is level on points with V Ramnarayan as they will battle for the second place this weekend.


The Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Trophy will continue their participation in the 2013 NRC with 4 races being held at the BIC for the race weekend. This will be the first time that the Toyota EMR cars will race at the BIC. The winners will get an opportunity to race outside india to further hone their skills. The Toyota EMR had a great first round in Chennai and will give their young drivers the opportunity to impress at the BIC. Diljith was dominant at the earlier round in Chennai winning 2 out of the 3 races and will be the favourite to win again.


Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Sanjay Gupta, General Manager, Marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, "After a fun & excitement filled exhibition race season last year, the inaugural round of EMR Trophy took place in July in Chennai this year. This is our second participation in the National Racing Championship and the first time that the EMR cars will be driven at the BIC. Racing at the BIC will be a huge boost for all our drivers as they are all geared to take on the EMR Trophy. The best three EMR drivers of both Trophy I & II will also get the opportunity to race at the Vios Cup scheduled to take place in Thailand this year. It is a single make racing conducted by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) in Thailand."


The races from the FMSCI 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship will include the TVS Apache RTR-180 category, Yamaha Y2F R15 one Make Championship, Honda CBR 250 one Make Championship and NRC Experts, Group C upto 165cc.


The TVS Apache RTR-180 category has Ananth Raj in the lead with 93 points, with second placed SK Prakash 20 points behind him and Arun M further behind. Arvind Pangaonkar, Head, TVS Racing and Advisor R&D, TVS Motor Company, commented, "TVS Racing's commitment to motorsport is evident in the fact that TVS Motor Company has for more than 25 years participated in, supported and excelled in various types of motorsports events held across the country. Such platforms help us get practical, hands on learning and insights. This wealth of knowledge subsequently gets translated into our stock motorcycles to enhance customer delight."


The Yamaha Y2F R15 one Make Championship is much closer with the top 5 riders separated by only 20 points. Shyam Shankar leads the championship ahead of Mathana Kumar. Behind them there is a five point difference separating M Sudhakar, P Ananth Raj and Dinesh Kumar.


Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ravinder Singh, VP- Sales Strategy Planning, Yamaha Motor india Sales Pvt. Ltd. said, "Motorsports has always been an integral part of our corporate philosophy. We've always given special importance to motorcycle racing in india as we consider it a way of expressing the 'Spirit of Challenge' that we value so highly. We've really come a long way since 2010 when we first started the R15 one Make Race Championships in india. Through the R15 one Make race Championship, which is one of our key initiatives to connect with our customers, we aspire to take the motorcycle racing culture to newer heights in the country. This is the first time the race involving national level riders is being hosted at the Buddh international Circuit, a step which will help increase awareness on the indian racing culture in this part of the country as well. We are very happy with this development as it is very much in line with our endeavor to take the racing culture to newer heights in the country."


india's only MotoGP rider Sarath Kumar leads the charge in the Honda CBR 250 one Make Championship with 73 points. The battle behind him is extremely close with upcoming rider Sumit Lucas Toppo in second place ahead of international race winner K Rajni Krishnan.


"This is the first time that HMSI is conducting Honda one Make Race at Buddh international Circuit. As a responsible member of society, Honda will continue to expand safe fun biking culture in india. With the CBR 250R under Team Championship, Honda will promote its global legacy of providing advanced motor-sports experience of expert riders.", said Mr. Y S Guleria- Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter india.


The NRC Experts Group C upto 165cc category is the closest of all with K Jagan and Vivek Pillai tied for first place with Sumit Lucas Toppo in third place, just 8 points away.


The first race of the weekend will take place tomorrow, Friday at 10am. for all the live action go to www.madrasmotorsports.in




FMSCI Announces Calendar for 2013 indian National TSD Rally (inTSDRC) Championship


September 11, 2013:The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of india (FMSCI) today announced the calendar for the 2nd year of the highly popular FMSCI indian National TSD Rally Championship 2013. This championship will be run under the TSD (Time Speed Distance) format of rallying, with the objective being to maintain precise times and average speeds on various segments of a predefined route. Leading indian manufacturer Mahindra have already confirmed their support by supplying 6 cars for the season.


TSD rallying in india is extremely popular as you don't have to prepare a Special vehicle for this all it needs is a good navigator and coordination between driver and navigator. Any cars/SUV having a valid registration in india (RTO) may participate. The total distance of the rally is set at a distance of minimum 175 Km and maximum of 200 Km.


FMSCI President Vicky Chandhok said that the Federation is excited about the second year of the TSD Rallying championship after a successful first year. He said, "Our first year of the TSD Rallying Championship was received very well and that is why we are keen to promote it again this year. The interesting thing about TSD is that it is the only form of motorsport where speed is not a priority but rather precision and is a great stepping stone for rally enthusiasts. We had good manufacturers support last year and we hope to get more of them involved this year as well.


"The beauty of this championship is that any car can participate and no modification is necessary. It connects with the grassroots level of the sport and is hugely popular. We are keen to continue to promote awareness of the sport and confident that this will reach a completely new audience. We would like to thank the organizing clubs for stepping in and taking on the responsibility to ensure we have another successful year."added  Chandhok


The 2013 FMSCI TSD Rally Championship will consist of 5 rounds with the first round taking place in Nashik. There will be two main categories, namely, Pro Expert and Pro Stock. The cars need not be altered or modified as it is a TSD format. Each car will be fitted with Transponders, GPS, Trip Meter and digital cameras for backup times and verification etc.


Round 1 of the 2013 TSD championship will be held in Nashik on September 28-29. This will be followed by rallies in Chikmagalur, Coimbatore and Bangalore.


The calendar for the 2013 TSD Championship will be as follows:


Round 1 September 28-29 Nashik
Round 2 October 19-20 Chikmagalur
Round 2 November 16-17 Coimbatore
Round 3 December 7-8 Bangalore
Round 1 December 20-21 Coimbatore


K-1000 Rally Postponed to November 8-10


August 29, 2013: The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of india (FMSCI) today confirmed the postponement of Round 4 of the FMSCI india National Rally Championship (inRC) to be held Bangalore, Karnataka. The K-1000, india's oldest running rally, which has been running for 38 years, will be postponed to November 8-10, 2013 due to operational reasons. The K-1000, which is organized by the Karnataka Motor Sports Club (KMSC), was supposed to be held on September 21-22.


FMSCI President Vicky Chandhok commented, "This is unfortunate that we have to postpone the Rally. The inRC has had a fantastic first half and we want to continue in the same vein. The KMSC is committed to putting on a good show and we have all the confidence that the magic of the K-1000 will continue this year."


KMSC President Bharath Raj commented, "While we are disappointed that we will not be able to run the K-1000 next month, we are excited about ensuring the event lives up to the hype in November. Due to operational reasons we have had to postpone the K-1000. We have already informed all participants and they have been very supportive. The K-1000 is extremely popular amongst all rallying drivers and fans and we are committed to putting on a great event come November. The K-1000 will have a completely new route this year which will challenge the competitors even more."


The 5th and final round of the 2013 FMSCI-inRC will be held in Chikmagalur on November 29 - December 1.



Yudai Jinkawa & Ashwin Sundar Win MRF 1600 Races



Leelakrishnan Wins Again in ITC
Narendran Makes it 8 Out of 8


August 25, 2013: Yudai Jinkawa and Ashwin Sundar took honours in the MRF 1600 races at Round 4 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship held at the MMRT in Chennai. S Narendran continued his unbeaten streak in the LGB F4 category while Deepak Chinappa won his second race of the weekend in the LGB FS category. N Leelakrishnnan put on a flawless display to win in the ITC category while Feroz Khan Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa claimed pole position for tomorrow's MRF 1600 race ahead of Tarun Reddy and Ashwin Sundar.


The first MRF 1600 race saw Tarun Reddy jump Yudai Jinkawa at the start before the safety car came out due to a collision between Advait Deodhar and Arjun Narendran. Both drivers retired on the spot. Tarun continued to lead till the last lap when Jinkawa pulled off a brilliant move to pass the young india. Tarun had to settle for 2nd place and was pushed to the line by a charging Vikash Anand, who managed to pass championship Ashwin Sundar earlier in the race.



in the second MRF 1600 race of the day championship leader Ashwin Sundar won a chaotic race ahead of Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar. Ashwin starting on pole position, lost out at the start to a fast starting Tarun Reddy. Ashwin reclaimed the top sport few corners later and almost collided with Tarun on the next straight as he tried to re-pass him. Tarun, while trying to overtake Ashwin at the end of the straight spun off bringing the safety car on to track. The race was red-flagged soon after as Kizuki Hirota failed to see the Safety Car board and crashed in to the back of Arjun Narendran on the start finish straight. At the re-start Ashwin got away cleanly and pulled away from the rest of the pack to extend his championship lead. Vikash followed him across the finish line ahead of Advait.


N Leelakrishnan won his second race of the weekend with a commanding win in the ITC race. The battle behind him was a three way battle that went down to the wire. V Ramnarayan managed to take second place ahead of Arjun Narendran and Ashish Ramaswamy with less than a second separating the three. Arjun Balu continued to struggle with his new Volkswagen Vento and could only manage to finish in 5th position. Race 3 of the ITC finished in the same order with Leelakrishnan taking yet another convincing win ahead of Ramnarayan and Arjun Narendran, who were left to fight it out for second position.



S Narendran made it 8 wins in 8 races after winning the first race of the day in the LGB formula 4 category. Behind him Jigar Muni fought off Sudanand DR to claim second place. in the LGB formula Swift category Deepak Chinappa once again stood on the top step of the podium with another win. He was followed closely by Rahul Ramaswamy who tried in vain to get past. He finally finished less than half a second behind the leader. Prashanth K had a lonely race and ended up in third place.


in the Race 2 of the indian Junior Touring Cars category, Feroze Khan was once again the class of the field as he took his second win of the weekend. VJ Senthil finished in second place with Charen Chandran finishing in third place. Feroze Khan made it a clean sweep in Race 3 of the IJTC and finished ahead of Biren Pitwala and VJ Senthil.



Results:


Race 3, LGB formula 4


1. S Narendran
2. Jigar Muni
3. Sudanand DR


Race 3, LGB formula Swift


1. Deepak Chinappa
2. Raghul Ramaswamy
3. Prashanth K


Race 2, indian Junior Touring Cars


1. Feroze Khan
2. VJ Senthil
3. Charen Chandran


Race 2, indian Touring Cars


1. N Leelakrishnan
2. Ramnarayan V
3. Arjun Narendran


Race 1, MRF 1600


1. Yudai Jinkawa
2. Tarun Reddy
3. Vikash Anand


Race 3, indian Junior Touring Cars


1. Feroze Khan
2. Biren Pitawala
3. Dr VJ Senthil


Race 3, indian Touring Cars


1. N Leelakrishnan
2. Ramnarayan V
3. Arjun Narendran


Race 2, MRF 1600


1. Ashwin Sundar
2. Vikash Anand
3. Advait Deodhar



Leelakrishnan Storms to Victory in indian Touring Cars Race



Yudai Jinkawa Claims Pole Position for MRF 1600 Race
Narendran Continues Winning Streak in LGB F4


August 24, 2013: N Leelakrishnan went to the top of the indian Touring Cars championship standings after a convincing win in the opening race of Round 4 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship held in Chennai. S Narendran continued his unbeaten streak in the LGB F4 category while Deepak Chinappa and Suhail Sabharwak took honours in the LGB FS category. Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa claimed pole position for tomorrow's MRF 1600 race ahead of Tarun Reddy and Ashwin Sundar.


N Leelakrishnan qualified on pole position for the ITC race. He managed to fend off V Ramnarayan and Arjun Narendran at the start but the two kept up with the veteran driver putting pressure on him for the entire race . Arjun Balu continued to struggle with his new Volkswagen Vento and could only manage to finish in 5th position.


S Narendran continued his perfect championship run in the LGB formula 4 category with another convincing win in Race 1. After a great start he never looked back and took the chequered flag over 20 seconds ahead of second placed Jigar Muni. Sudanand DR took the final step of the podium. in Race 1 of the LGB formula Swift category Deepak Chinappa took only his second win of the season to extend his championship lead. Suhail Sabharwal finished in an impressive second place ahead of last round winner Prashanth K.



in the indian Junior Touring Cars category, Feroze Khan, who is unbeaten at the MMRT this season, continued his great run of form with another win in Race 1. VJ Senthil finished in second place with Charen Chandran finishing in third place.


in Race 2 of the LGB F4 race Narendran won yet again but this time had to work hard for it. C Rajaram finished in second place with Emmanuel Jebaraj in third place. The LGB FS battle for first place ended in a crash with championship contenders Deepak Chinappa and Prashanth K colliding with each other while fighting for the top spot. This gave Suhail Sabharwal the win with Deepak making it back to second spot ahead of Rahul Rangaswamy. Prashanth K finished in 4th position.



Earlier in the day Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa put in a brilliant lap to qualify on pole position for the MRF 1600 race. 15 year old Tarun Reddy qualified in 2nd position ahead of championship leader Ashwin Sundar. Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar will start in 4th and 5th positions respectively. Both races in the MRF 1600 category will be held on Sunday.



Results:


Race 1, LGB formula 4


1. S Narendran
2. Jigar Muni
3. Sudanand DR


Race 1, LGB formula Swift


1. Deepak Chinappa
2. Suhail Sabharwal
3. Prashanth K


Race 1, indian Junior Touring Cars


1. Feroze Khan
2. VJ Senthil
3. Charen Chandran


Race 1, indian Touring Cars


1. N Leelakrishnan
2. Ramnarayan V
3. Arjun Narendran


Race 2, LGB formula 4


1. S Narendran
2. C Rajaram
3. Emmanuel Jebaraj


Race 2, LGB formula Swift


1. Suhail Sabharwal
2. Deepak Chinappa
3. Raghul Ramaswamy



Round 4 of 2013 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship Returns to Chennai this Weekend



August 22, 2013: Motorsport action resumes this weekend with Round 4 of the 17th MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship, powered by MRF Tyres, to be held this weekend in Chennai on August 24-25. Round 3 of the action saw 15 year old Tarun Reddy creating history in the MRF 1600 and he returns to challenge championship leader Ashwin Sundar. in the indian Touring Car category contenders Arjun Balu and N Leelakrishnan will resume their battle after being upstaged by Rallying Ace Gaurav Gill, who made a one-off appearance. This weekend promises non-stop motorsport action for speed junkies as india's leading Single-seater and Sportscar drivers battle it out for supremacy at the MMRT with races in the MRF 1600 category, indian Touring Cars (ITC), indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC), and formula LGB4 & formula Swift.


FMSCI President Vicky Chandhok commented, "At the halfway point of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship thing s are getting very exciting with close battles in both MRF 1600 and indian Touring Cars. MRF and JA Motorsports have done a fantastic job in preparing the 1600 cars for upcoming talent in india. This is a perfect springboard for any young driver looking to further his career. The ITC is the best Sportscar championship in the country and with the addition of Volkswagen Vento we are looking for more manufacturers to get involved with the championship. Looking forward to yet another great weekend of racing ahead of us."


Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC, was happy to see the progress made in the National Racing Championship. He commented, "We are all looking forward to an exciting round of racing this weekend. As we are halfway through the season I must thank our partners, competitors, teams for putting on a great show and always raising the bar. If you look closely at all the categories the cars are getting faster and faster with lap records being broken. I am sure the second half of the season will see the competition getting more fierce and teams pushing their cars to the limit. This is a perfect platform for young drivers looking to make a career in both single-seaters and sportscars."


in the MRF 1600 category, Ashwin Sundar continues to lead the championship but his main rival behind is now the 15 year old Tarun Reddy, who took a historic win last round. The battle between this two promises to go down to the wire with both having to push hard to come out on top. Add the Japanese drivers to the equation and you have a great battle in the making. The Japanese drivers Yudai Jinkawa, Shinya Michimi & Kizuki Hirota are all giving the indian drivers a run for their money with their consistent top 5 finishes. Race 1 of the MRF 1600 will take place on Saturday with race 2 taking place on Sunday.



Mr. Arun Mammen, Managing Director, MRF Tyres, said, "We are very proud of the grid we have for the MRF 1600 category this year. It is a perfect blend of experience, youth and international exposure. The Japanese drivers are bring so much to the championship that our local drivers are having to dig deep to beat them. This is exactly what we want and we are doing everything to ensure these drivers push as hard as possible."


The ITC category is turning out to be one of the closest championships in years with a mere 9 points separating leader Arjun Balu and seasoned campaigner N. Leelakrishnan. V Ramnarayan, is also in contention being only 20 points off the leader. Arjun Balu switched from his regular Honda City and debuted his Volkswagen Vento for the manufacturer's first ever entry into the ITC category. He had some initial problems but should be back to his best this weekend and try to get back to winning ways.


in the IJTC category, championship leader Feroze Khan has looked in unbeatable form after winning 5 out of the 7 races completed. It will take something really big to knock him off the top step. Feroze is yet to lose a race in Chennai winning all 5 races at the MMRT. While Raja Rajan is comfortably ahead in the second place the battle for third is close. Sreeram, Charen Chandran and Ashish Ramaswamy are separated by 3 points and will be looking to move ahead this weekend.


in the formula LGB4 category S Narendran is yet to be beaten as well after winning every race this year. He is looking to continue his winning run as we head in to this weekend's round. The formula Swift category is hotting up with the top 5 all in with a chance to win the championship. The battle for the championship lead is tight with Dipak Paul Chinappa and Prashanth K separated by 4 points. Prashanth won all three races in the last round and will look to continue his good run of form. Sriram S, who was leading the championship heading into Round 3 has dropped to third place with a unlucky run in the last round. inesh Singh and Rahul Rangaswamy are not too far behind in 4th and 5th place respectively.


Day 2 Race Report - 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 2 from Chennai



August 04, 2013: Round 2 of the 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship continued at the MMRT in Chennai today with a total 11 races taking place. The Championship includes leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend with 23 races on display. Day 1 saw brilliant racing and Day 2 continued just where it left off with some more great wheel-to-wheel action.


The day started off with the Group D 130cc Novice category with K Ahmed finished ahead of M Sethu Babu and R. Venkatraman. It was a perfect start to the day with a thrilling battle between Sethu and Venkatraman as they crossed the finish line side by side.


Race 2 saw the The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship was up next with YZF R15 Novice race where Mizoram rider Lal Rindika took his first win ahead of Mithun Kumar and Ajith.


Honda MMSC one Make Championship displayed their CBR 150cc bikes with championship leader Sumit Lucas Toppo beating Ananth Raj and Arvind Ganesh to take yet another win in the category.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Muralidharan had a great battle with Meka Viduraj to win after having a better aggregate time in the overall race. The race was split into two parts due to an accident and while Muralidharan was faster in the first part of the race, Meka crossed the finish line in first place. However when the times were merged it appeared that Muralidharan had just finished ahead. Balaji from Sparks Racing took the final step of the podium.


The Group C 165cc Open category was once again the highlight of the day with former Spanish Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar and Losail winner K Rajni both retiring on lap 3 in an action packed race. Vivek Pillai took advantage of this to finish ahead of K Jagan and Sumit Lucas Toppo.


TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novices on track saw S Sahay taking the win with K Ahmed just edging Kannan S by a mere 0.005 secs in the battle for second spot.


The Honda's featured once again in Race 3 with the CBF Stunner which saw Meka Viduraj of Andhra Pradesh cross the line in first place ahead of Joseph Mathews and Harikrishnan.


Race 7 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship and the Honda CBR 250R category. Sumit Lucas Toppo took his second win of the day after an intense battle with Shyam Shankar all through the race. The top were separated by 0.200 secs and battled throughout the race. Sarath Kumar finished in 3rd place after a disappointing race.


in the third race of the Group D 130cc Novice category, K Ahmed riding for TVS Racing took his second win a row ahead of R. Venkatraman and S Sahay.


The next race of the day saw the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship with YZF R15 Open category. Shyam Shankar managed to hold off Ananth Raj, who was just 0.276 secs behind him. Abhishek V finished in a distant third place.


The Honda's featured once again in Race 3 with the CBF Stunner which saw Meka Viduraj of Andhra Pradesh comfortably cross the line in first place ahead of R Venkataraman and Anthony Lalawmpia.


The final race of the weekend was the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Open on track and P Ananth Raj winning ahead of S K Prakash and Allwyn Jebaz.



Day 1 Race Report - 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 2 from Chennai



August 03, 2013: Round 2 of the 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship kicked off at the MMRT in Chennai today with 12 races taking place. The Championship includes leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend with over 20 races on display. Day 1 saw brilliant racing with more than 7 races being closely contested with great wheel-to-wheel action.


The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship started of the weekend's racing with the YZF R15 Novice race where Akash Dingare winning in convincing fashion. 2nd and 3rd placed finishers Lal Rindika and Mithun Kumar were separated by 0.005 seconds in one of the tightest finishes of the day.


Race 2 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 150cc bikes where Ramesh R took his first win of the season. once again the battle for 2nd was close with S Prakash beating Arvind Ganesh by less than a tenth of a second.


in the Group D 130cc Novice category, Motorev rider Sethu Babu held off S Sahay S Saravanan to win the first race. in a closely contested race the top 5 riders were separated by a mere 1.5 seconds.


The Group C 165cc Open category saw Losail winner Rajni Krishnan dominate proceedings with a comfortable win. Dinesh Kumar finished in second place ahead of Shyam Shankar. Championship favourite Sarath Kumar, who has been struggling with his bike all through practice yesterday did not even start the race as his bike was not ready.


in the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, in the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice category, S Sahay Beat Kannan S to win. Vasanth Kumar beat Prabhu V to take the final podium spot.


The Honda's featured once again with the CBF Stunner Novice category which saw Meka Viduraj of Andhra Pradesh cross the line in first place ahead of Balaji V and R Venkatraman.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Viduraj won his second race of the day ahead of Harshit Rao and S Sahay.


in the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship in YZF R15 Open category, Vivek Pillai won his first race of the season ahead of Ananth Raj and Mathanakumar. 4th place finisher Shyam Shankar narrowly missed out on a podium position after losing out on the final corner to Mathanakumar.


in the second Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Viduraj made it two out of two to win ahead of Harshit Rao and S Sahay with the top three being separated by less than 2 seconds.


Race 9 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 250cc bikes with Ten 10 Racing's Sarath Kumar and Sumit Lucas Toppu putting on a brilliant show as they battled for the lead all through the race. Sarath just managed to hold on by 0.047 seconds to beat Sumit to the top step of the podium in one of the most exciting races. Shyam Shankar managed to beat Deepak R for the final podium spot.


Race 10 of the day was the Apache RTR 180 open category, which is part of the TVS MMSC one Make Championship. Yet another close contest saw P. Ananth Raj deny Arun Muthukrishnan and S Prakash to take a brilliant win, with 1 seconds covering the top 4.


in the second race of the Honda CBR 1500R of the Honda MMSC one Make Championship Sumit Lucas Toppo finally returned to the top spot with a comfortable win over Ananth Raj and Ramesh R.


The final race of the day was the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novices on track for the second time with Mohamed Tousif taking his first ever win ahead of Muralidharan and Mithun Kumar. The close contest saw the top 3 separated by half a second.


The riders will be back on track once again tomorrow with a total of 14 races still to take place at Round 1 of the 2013 FMSCI indian Motorcycle Championship in Chennai.



15 Year Old Tarun Reddy becomes Youngest Winner in MRF 1600 Race



Gaurav Gill Returns to Winning Ways with Dominant Win in ITC
Diljith & Arjun Narendran Win in Toyota EMR Trophy


July 28, 2013: 15 year old Tarun Reddy won in only his third racing round ahead of Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa and Ashwin Sundar in Race 2 of the MRF 1600 race at Round 3 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship at the MMRT in Chennai today. Ashwin Sundar finished first in Race 3 ahead of Shinya Michimi and Yudai Jinkawa to further extend his championship lead. indian rallying champion Gaurav Gill continued his impressive comeback to the indian Touring Car championship with convincing victories in both races.


Prashanth K and S Narendran continued their perfect weekend in the LGB formula Swift and F4 categories respectively with yet another win. Diljith won Race 3 of the the Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Trophy while Feroze Khan continued his unbeaten run with yet another victory in the indian Junior Touring Cars.



in the first race of the day Prashanth K won comfortably ahead of Deepak Chinappa and Suhail Sabharwal to win in the formula Swift category. S Narendran put on yet another flawless display to win by over 27 seconds ahead of C Rajaram and Sudanand DR.


Race 2 saw the MRF 1600 take to track with Jinkawa starting on pole ahead of Tarun Reddy and Ashwin Sundar. Tarun had a great start and went around the outside of Jinkawa in the first corner to take the lead with Ashwin in third. Ashwin then went off track and dropped back to sixth place at the end of the second lap. Tarun pulled away from Jinkawa at an impressive pace at over a half a second a lap. Ashwin meanwhile made up 3 positions to get back into 3rd position. Tarun crossed the line in first position to become the youngest winner at the MMRT with Jinkawa in 2nd and Ashwin in 3rd place.


Diljith won Race 3 of the Toyota EMR Trophy ahead of Abhinay Bikkani and karting graduate Akhil Rabindra. Diljith started on pole position and led from start to finish comfortably. The battle behind him was very close with four cars fighting for the remaining two podium spots. in the Abhinay and Akhil managed to hold off the challenge from Keith D'Souza and Arjun Narendran to finish on the podium.



Gaurav Gill won Race 1 of the indian Touring Cars while championship leader Arjun Balu struggled in his new Volkswagen Vento and was forced to retire. His title rival N Leelakrishnan finished in second place ahead of Ashish Ramaswamy. Gill led comfortably and was not matched all race long.


Feroze Khan finished a perfect weekend when he led from start to finish in Race 3 of the indian Junior Touring Cars. Behind him R Rajan finished in second place ahead of Vidyuth Iyer. There was a great battle for 4th position with 5 cars involved in a close battle. Fahad Kutty finally won that battle to finish in 4th place.


Ashwin Sundar got back to the top step of the podium with a win in the MRF 1600 category. Ashwin had a good start and battled with Jinkawa for the top spot in the first three laps before pulling away. Jinkawa and Race 2 winner Tarun Reddy were battling for second position before the both went off and lost places. Japanese driver Shinya Michimi took advantage of the situation to finish in second place. Jinkawa and Tarun recovered to finish in third and fourth places respectively.


in the last race of the weekend Gaurav made it two out of two with another commanding win on a damp track. Title contenders Arjun Balu and N Leelakrishnan could not match Gill's pace and had to settle for second and third position.



Japanese Driver Yudai Jinkawa Wins Second Successive MRF 1600 Race



Gaurav Gill Blitzes Field to Claim Pole Position in Itc
Diljith & Arjun Narendran Win in Toyota EMR Trophy


July 27, 2013: Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa picked up from he left off and won Race 1 of the MRF 1600 race at Round 3 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship at the MMRT in Chennai today. He was followed closely by Ashwin Sundar and 15yr old Tarun Reddy, who continues to impress in only his third competitive race weekend. indian rallying champion Gaurav Gill made a remarkable comeback to the indian Touring Car championship when he claimed pole position by 1.5secs ahead of championship contenders N Leelakrishnan and Arjun Balu.


Prashanth K and S Narendran continued their strong start to the season with 2 wins each in the LGB formula Swift and F4 categories respectively. The Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Trophy got off to an excellent start with Diljith winning Race 1 while Arjun Narendran won an action packed Race 2. Feroze Khan continued his Chennai dominance with another convincing victory in the indian Junior Touring Cars.



in the first race of the day Prashanth K held of a spirited challenge from Deepak Chinappa to win by less than a second in the formula Swift category. Suhail Sabarwal finished in third place. S Narendran put on yet another flawless display to win by over 14 seconds ahead of Sudanand DR and Rajaram.


Race 2 saw the Toyota EMR take to the National Racing Championship for the first time. Diljith, who had earlier put the car on pole position led from start to finish to win the first race of the season. Behind him there was a great battle between youngster Akhil Rabindra, Abhinay Bikkani and Keith D'Souza who finished in that order with less than a second between them.


Race 3 of the day saw the LGB cars back in action with Prashanth K winning ahead of Deepak Chinappa and inesh Singh in the formula Swift category. S Narendran won Race 2 of the formula 4 category after a race long battle with Jigar Muni with Sudanand DR finishing in 3rd place.


Race 4 of the day was the MRF 1600 category with Yudai Jinkawa on pole position ahead of Ashwin Sundar and Tarun Reddy. Jinkawa led off the start line but could not manage to pull away from Ashwin and Tarun. Ashwin got closer and was ready to make his move when the safety car came out for the first time. When racing resumed Ashwin once again put pressure on Jinkawa with Tarun right behind. There was a second safety car when Goutham Parekh collided with Arjun Narendran. WIth two laps left Jinkawa managed to hold off Ashwin and Tarun for his second win of the season.



in the first IJTC race of Round 3, Feroze Khan managed to hold off Biren Pitwala and Gokul Krishna to further extend his championship lead. in the last race of the day The Toyota EMR was back on track in one of the most action packed races of the day. Arjun Narendran won his first race with Abhinay Bikkani coming in second place ahead of Varun Anekar. The battle behind Arjun was close with positions 2nd to 6th changing from lap to lap. Race 1 winner Diljith was in 4th place challenging for third before having a collision with Akhil Rabindra, who was later given a penalty after finishing 4th on track.



Round 3 of 2013 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship to Kick off in Chennai this Weekend



Toyota EMR Trophy to be part of National Racing Championship


July 23, 2013: Motorsport fans have a reason to celebrate as Round 3 of the 17th MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship, powered by MRF Tyres, kicks off this weekend in Chennai on July 27-28. This weekend promises non-stop motorsport action for speed junkies as india's leading Single-seater and Sportscar drivers battle it out for supremacy at the MMRT. The weekend will feature races in the MRF 1600 category, indian Touring Cars (ITC), indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC), and formula LGB4 & formula Swift. The Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Trophy will also make their debut in the National Racing Championship this weekend.


FMSCI President Vicky Chandhok commented, "This is an exciting time for indian motorsports as we return to Chennai for the 17th consecutive year of the National Racing Championship. As I said earlier it is great to have MRF Tyres back in the NRC after a long period. They are playing a bigger role in taking the sport further which is great for indian motorsport. We are always open to more manufacturer involvement so the addition of the Etios Motor Racing Trophy is definitely a big benefit to the NRC. We look forward to the continued support from all our stakeholder and welcome new partners."


Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC, was thrilled to have a global manufacturer such as Toyota commit to the National Racing Championship. He commented, "We have already had two great rounds of the Championship and Round 3 in Chennai looks to be a thriller as well. It is great to have Toyota Kirloskar Motors join the NRC for two rounds this year as this further strengthens their commitment to develop indian motorsports. The Etios Motor Racing Trophy will have 4 races this weekend with 25 young drivers on the grid and we wish them all the best. Along with this the MRF 1600 is proving to be the perfect platform for young drivers looking at a career in single-seaters. The Saloon cars have always been a star attraction and will continue to do so this weekend along with the formula LGB F4 & Swift.


in the MRF 1600 category, the Japanese drivers Yudai Jinkawa & Kizuki Hirota gave the indian drivers a run for their money with convincing wins. Championship leader Ashwin Sundar will look to get back to winning ways at the MMRT in Chennai. Sudarshan Rao and Vikash Anand will look to make further inroads into Ashwin's championship lead. Another one to watch out for will be 15 year old Tarun Reddy, who took pole position in only his second single-seater race weekend. Race 1 of the MRF 1600 will take place on Saturday with race 2 taking place on Sunday.


Mr. Arun Mammen, Managing Director, MRF Tyres, said, "We look forward to another exciting weekend of racing at the NRC in Chennai. The MRF 1600 grid is highly competitive and having a mix of indian and international drivers is spicing up the action. The entire team has been working hard all season to ensure all racing categories are comfortable with the tyres and extract maximum from it. We will continue to push the boundaries and ensure we have a great weekend of racing ahead of us."



The first EMR race will be flagged off on July 27th, 2013 at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT). in all, there will be four EMR Trophy races during the third leg of the National Racing Championship to be held in Chennai on the 27th & 28th of July. The 25 EMR drivers selected last year will compete for the EMR Trophy over eight races this year.


Commenting on EMR's participation in the NRC, Mr. N. Raja, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, "It is an honor for us to be associated with National Racing Championship and we believe this will be an excellent opportunity for our line-up of drivers. EMR saw a lot of excitement amongst the youth during the driver selection & training camps which were held in various cities. We also took EMR to all our dealerships across india to give our customers a taste of Toyota's motorsport experience and it was very well received. As we begin our season in 2013, we look forward to a lot of thrill & excitement as our drivers are all geared to take on the National Racing Championship."


Arjun Balu cemented his championship lead in the ITC with another win and a third place in Coimbatore. V Ramnarayan moved in to second place ahead of seasoned campaigner N. Leelakrishnan, whose mechanical problems are costing him in the title race. Leelakrishnan was won 3 out of the 5 races so far with one DNF. Arjun Balu will switch from his regular Honda City and debut his Volkswagen Vento for the manufacturer's first ever entry into the ITC category.


in the IJTC category, championship leader Feroze Khan will look to put last race weekend behind him and further increase his championship lead. Sreeram is in second place ahead of Raja Rajan and Ashish Ramaswamy. Mihir Dharkar, who missed Round 1 came back strongly in Round 2 with a win and a second place and is looking good to mount a title challenge this year.


Round 2 of the Championship witness a horrific accident in the first race of the formula LGB4 & Swift categories but fortunately no injuries. S Narendran had a successful weekend in Coimbatore after winning both completed races in the formula LGB F4 ahead of Jigar Muni and Sudanand DR. in the formula Swift category Sriram S leads the championship ahead of inesh Singh.



Tamada Dominates Supersport 600cc at Asia Road Racing Championship in Chennai



indian riders Sumit Toppo & A Prabhu to finish 10th & 12th in Asia Dream Cup Race


July 14, 2013: Musashi Boon Honda Racing achieved a perfect weekend in india as riders, Makoto Tamada recorded a double victory with teammate, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman in tow in the action-packed SuperSports 600cc races in the third round of the 2013 PETRonAS Asia Road Racing Championship today.


Tamada earned his maiden victory for the season in Race 1. Despite making a slight mistake at the start of the 16-lap race, the former MotoGP rider caught up with Azlan who was tussling for P1 with PETRonAS Yamaha rival, Mohd Zamri Baba.


Azlan and Zamri aggression saw them lost pace after coming into contact in lap-9 and Tamada capitalized on the opportunity to steal lead and claim his first win with 15'36.927s. Azlan settled for second and Zamri third, 15'37.218s and 15'38.166s respectively.


Race 2 did not fare so well for the Japanese as he high-sided after piloting the race for 9-laps, forcing race officials to call out the red-flag and ultimately call off the race.



Despite all the drama, Tamada was still crowned champion as results were taken based on riders' position in lap 9, but with half points. Tamada came in first with 15'36.927s followed by Azlan with 15'37.218s and Zamri third, 15'38.166s.


"Race 2 felt a bit off, from the start I felt the grip was not strong enough. Nevertheless, I could still ride comfortably. But somehow, I lost control of the bike and crashed coming out of a turn. My back and leg still hurts from the impact but I consider myself lucky to escape without any major injuries," he said.


Tamada went on to talk about his first outing at the Madras Motor Race Track and commented, "Overall, it was a good weekend. Although it ended on the wrong note, I still finished first in both races and Azlan is now back on top of the championship standings. The team is very happy and we will continue to work hard for the remaining rounds left this season."


Picking up 30 points from this leg, Azlan now leads the SuperSports 600cc standings with 120 points followed by Tamada second, 88.5 points while Zamri sits in third place with 81 points.



Meanwhile, Ahmad Afif Amran regained control of the Underbone 115cc points table thanks to a victory and a second place finish.


The PETRonAS Hong Leong Yamaha rider who broke the lap record yesterday won Race 1 within 19'59.312s, 0.024s ahead of indonesian title contender, Hadi Wijaya (R9 Racing Team) who finished second with 19'59.536s. Completing the podium steps was Hadi's teammate, Ferlando Herdian with 20'00.256s.


Feeling extremely motivated, the 18-year old Afif was hoping to further extend his championship lead in Race 2 with another possible win but instead found himself outgunned by compatriot, Mohd Affendi Rosli (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) who took the chequered flag with 20'06.603s in the final seconds of the race.


Afif was forced to settle for second place with 20'06.635s while Hadi Wijaya finished third, 20'06.912s.


Bagging 45 points from this leg, Afif steals the lead from Hadi Wijaya with 104 points, a one-point advantage over the latter (103 points). Norizman Ismail sits in third overall with 82 points.


"Words cant express how happy I feel to get back on top of the standings. The team prepared extensively for this round so it feels really good to achieve what we came here to do," said Afif.


He went on to elaborate on the race, "I tried to pull away early in Race 1 but the other riders were really fast. So I kept close with the frontrunners and attacked in the final lap and our efforts paid off when I won the race ahead of Hadi."



"The same thing happened in Race 2, only these times there were a lot more riders in the front. There was no way I could escape so I opted to keep a steady pace. I was close to overtaking Affendi at the final turn but my bike lost power when exiting. I was quite disappointed but still content to still finish on the podium," he said.


Lastly, Hiroki ono bagged a double win in the Asia Dream Cup.


The Japanese rider took victory in Race 1 with total time of 19'33.885s followed by by Dwi Satria second with 19'34.057s and Khairul Idham Pawi third, 19'34.202s.


ono then went on to bag his second win for the day in Race 2 with 15'48.891s to edge over Gerry Salim in second place and Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali third, each with 15'49.197s and 15'49.840s respectively.


Round 4 of the PETRonAS Asia Road Racing Championship will take place at the iconic Suzuka international Circuit in Japan from 30th August to 1st September.


Results


SuperSports 600cc


Race 1


1.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 27'47.541s 2.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 27'47.776s 3.Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 27'53.879s 4.Thitipong Warokorn (Honda) 27'59.974s 5.Tomoyoshi Koyama (Honda) 28'00.378s


Race 2


1.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 15'36.927s 2.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 15'37.218s 3.Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 15'38.166s 4.Yuki Ito (Yamaha) 15'38.428s 5.Ryuta Kobayashi (Honda) 15'33.367s


Overall Standings


1.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 120 points 2.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 88.5 points 3.Mohd Zamri Baba (Yamaha) 81 points 4.Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 80.5 points 5.Tomoyoshi Koyama (Honda) 53 points


Team Standings


1.Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 127 points 2.PETRonAS Hong Leong Yamaha 95 points 3.BEET Kawasaki Racing 80.5 points 4.Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 51.5 points 5.Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing 51 points


Underbone 115cc


Race 1


1.Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 19'59.312s 2.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 19'59.536s 3.Ferlando Herdian (Yamaha) 20'00.256s 4.Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 20'00.374s 5.Mohd Affendi Rosli (Honda) 20'01.371s


Race 2


1.Mohd Affendi Rosli (Honda) 20'06.603s 2.Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 20'06.635s 3.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 20'06.912s 4.Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 20'07.166s 5.Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 20'07.232s


Overall Standings


1.Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 104 points 2.Hadi Wijaya (Yamaha) 103 points 3.Norizman Ismail (Honda) 82 points 4.Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 75 points 5.Kazuki Masaki (Honda) 62 points


Team Standings


1.Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing 127 points 2.PETRonAS Hong Leong Yamaha 104 points 3.R9 Racing Team 103 points 4.Pertamina Enduro Nissin R9 Cargloss 75 points Kawasaki KYT Rextor Manual Tech 64 points


Asia Dream Cup


Race 1


1.Hiroki ono (JPN) 19'33.885s 2.Dwi Satria (inA) 19'34.057s 3.Khairul Idham Pawi (MAS) 19'34.202s 4.Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA) 9'43.650s 5.Jakkrit Swangswat (THA) 19'44.600s


Race 2


1.Hiroki ono (JPN) 15'48.891s 2.Gerry Salim (inA) 15'49.197s 3.Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali (MAS) 15'49.640s 4.Dwi Satria (inA) 15'49.867s 5.Jakkrit Swangswat (THA) 15'50.316s


Overall Standings


1.Hiroki ono (JPN) 145 points 2.Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali (MAS) 82 points 3.Gerry Salim (inA) 81 points 4.Khairul Idham Pawi (MAS) 79 points 5.Jakkrit Swangswat (THA) 69 points


for more info please contact Two Wheels Motor Racing Sdn Bhd (TWMR) at 03-8733 8787 or log on to the PETRonAS Asia Road Racing Championship official website, www.asiaroadracing.com



Azlan Shah Snatches Pole Position in Supersport 600cc at Asia Road Racing Championship in Chennai



Azlan Shah breaks lap record to go fastest ever at MMRT


indian riders Sumit Toppo & A Prabhu to start 11th & 14th in Asia Dream Cup Race


July 13, 2013: With track temperatures soaring at the Madras Motor Race Track, all signs are pointing to a scorcher of a race for the third leg of the PETRonAS Asia Road Racing Championship.


The 600cc riders power-slid their way around the 3.717km circuit with Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman quickly putting his marker on the coveted pole position with a new lap record of 01:42.909s.


And only a day after predicting a Yamaha-advantage, Azlan's team mate Makoto Tamada powered his own Honda to second on the grid with 01:43.593s. This makes it Tamada's best start in the race to date, after struggling with bike setting issues for the past two rounds. Mohd Zamri Baba, who has been consistently fast the entire weekend, will take up the third spot on the front row with 01:43.713s.


"Pole position is perhaps the most important winning-factor in this round. The circuit is tight and there are very few overtaking opportunities, especially in the 600cc class. After clocking in fastest during the morning session, I was even more determined to take the pole position. The new lap record was a bonus," said Azlan.


Rafid Topan's Underbone lap record that stayed intact in the first day was quickly erased as the second day of practices commenced. Harlan Fadhillah beat the record by 0.346 seconds in Free Practice 3 with a fastest lap of 01:59.474s.


Ahmad Afif Amran quickly bested that time during the opening minutes of the qualifying session with 01:58.672s. But the riders' momentum was interrupted when the red flag came out on the 18th minute following a crash between Mohd Hafieenaz Mohd Ali and Mohd Adib Rosley. Both riders were reported to be OK. Hafieenaz rode back to the paddock on his own power but Adib fared a little worse, suffering from a sprained ankle.


However, momentum interrupted, there were no more record-breaking charges by the Underbone riders. Afif scored pole position with his new lap record and will be joined on the front row by defending champion Hadi Wijaya who was second fastest with 01:58.703s and Ferlando Herdian third fastest with 01:59.248s.


"for the most part, I did my quick lap with a clear track around me. But I did caught up to other riders at the last few corners and slipstreamed my way into pole position," said Afif. "With the top five riders all clocking below the 2-minute mark, the pole position advantage is really very minimal."



indian riders Sumit Lucas Prabhu will start 11th on the grid with Arunagiri Prabhu starting in 14th place.


SuperSports 600cc Practice 3 Results


1. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS), 1:43.417s; 2. Md Zamri Baba (MAS), 1:43.500s; 3. Katsuaki Fujiwara (JPN), 1:43.964s; 4. Yuki Ito (JPN), 1:44.304s; 5. Makoto Tamada (JPN), 1:44.347


SuperSports 600cc Qualifying Results


1. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS), 01:42.785s (new lap record); 2. Makoto Tamada (JPN), 01:43.593s; 3. Md Zamri Baba (MAS), 01:43.713s; 4. Katsuaki Fujiwara (JPN), 01:43.954s; 5. Peerawat Wongthananon (THA), 01:44.031s


Asia Dream Cup Practice 2 Results:


1. Dwi Satria (inA), 01:57.075; 2. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA), 01:57.240; 3. Hiroki ono (JPN), 01:57.306; 4. Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (MAS), 01:57.694; 5. Jakkrit Swangswat (THA), 01:57.924


Asia Dream Cup Qualifying Results:


1. Hiroki ono (JPN), 01:56.230s; 2. Md Dwi Satria (inA), 01:56.600s; 3. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA), 01:57.068s; 4. Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (MAS), 01:57.643s; 5. Khairul Idham Pawi (inA), 01:57.882s


Underbone 115cc Practice 3 Results:


1. Harlan Fadhillah (inA), 1:59.474s; 2. Ahmad Afif Amran (MAS), 1:59.794s; 3. Gupita Kresna Wardhana (inA), 2:00.725s; 4. Ferlando Herdian (inA), 2:00.953s; 5. Md Amirul Ariff Musa (MAS), 2:01.097s


Underbone 115cc Qualifying Results


1. Ahmad Afif Amran (MAS), 01:58.672s (new lap record); 2. Hadi Wijaya (inA), 01:58.703s; 3. Ferlando Herdian (inA), 01:59.248s; 4. Gupita Kresna Wardhana (inA), 01:59.728s; 5. Harlan Fadhillah (inA), 01:59.744s


Race begins on Sunday, 14th July at 10am with the action packed races expectedat the MMRT.



2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 1 Day 2 Race Report from Coimbatore


July 07, 2013:Day 2 of Round 1 of the 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship kicked off in the Kari Speedway in Coimbatore today with 10 races taking place. The Championship includes leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend with over 20 races on display.


The day started off with the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novices on track for the first Race of the day with Ahmed KY taking a hard fought win over S Sahay and Lal Rindhika.


Race 2 saw the The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship was up next with YZF R15 Open race where Mathana Kumar beat M Sudhakar, and Dinesh Kumar in the closest race of the weekend, with just 3 tenths separating the top 3.


in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Viduraj won ahead of S Sahay and Harshit Rao. in the Group D 130cc Novice category, K Ahamed finished ahead of M Sethubabu and Saravanan.


Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 150cc bikes and Sumit Lucas Toppo beat S Prakash to take his third win of the weekend. Ramesh Kuamr finished in a close 3rd place to complete the podium.


The Group C 165cc Open category was once again the highlight of the day with former Spanish Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar emerging on top ahead of Sumit Lucas Toppo and S Vivek Pillai, taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively.


The Honda's featured once again in Race 3 with the CBF Stunner which saw Meka Viduraj of Andhra Pradesh cross the line in first place ahead of Joseph Mathews and Harikrishnan.


Race 7 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 250cc bikes with Losail winner K Rajini Krishnan beating Sarath Kumar to take a brilliant win. Abhishek V finished in third place.


Race 9 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 250cc bikes with Losail winner K Rajini Krishnan beating Abhishek Kumar and Sarath Kumar to take his first win of the weekend. Sumit Lucas Toppo finished in 4th place, less than 0.004 secs behind Sarath.


The next race of the day saw the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship with YZF R15 Open category. Akash Dingare and Muralidharan had a close battle throughout with the former finishing ahead. PK Mithun Kumar finished in 3rd place ahead of Pukhraj Singh.


The penultimate race of the day was the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Open on track and P Ananth Raj taking winning ahead of Vivek Mani and S K Prakash.


The Honda's featured once again in Race 3 with the CBF Stunner which saw Meka Viduraj of Andhra Pradesh cross the line in first place ahead of Joseph Mathews and Akash P.


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2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 1 Race Report from Coimbatore



July 06, 2013:Round 1 of the 2013 FMSCI indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship kicked off in the Kari Speedway in Coimbatore today with 12 races taking place. The Championship includes leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend with over 20 races on display.


The day started off with the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novices on track for the first Race of the day with Ahmed KY taking a hard fought win over Akash C and Prabhu U B.


Race 2 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 150cc bikes and Sumit Lucas Toppo beat S Prakash to take his first win of the weekend. M Sudhakar finished in a close 3rd place to complete the podium.


The Honda's featured once again in Race 3 with the CB Stunner which saw Meka Viduraj of Andhra Pradesh cross the line in first place ahead of Venkatraman and Akash P.


The Group C 165cc Open category was once again the highlight of the day with former Spanish Moto 3 rider Sarath Kumar emerging on top ahead of K Jagan and Deepak Kumar, taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively.


The Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship was up next with YZF R15 Novice race where Akash Dingare beat Settu Babu, with Meka Viduraj just missing out in 3rd place.



in the Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Viduraj won his second race of the day ahead of Harshit Rao and S Sahay.


The TVS MMSC one Make Championship, in the Apache RTR 180 open category, Sk Prakash narrowly beat P. Ananth Raj and Vivek Mani, with 2 seconds covering the top 4.


in the Group D 130cc Novice category, K Ahamed finished ahead of S Sahay of Tuticorin and R Hari Krishnan.


Race 9 saw the Honda MMSC one Make Championship display their CBR 250cc bikes with Losail winner K Rajini Krishnan beating Abhishek Kumar and Sarath Kumar to take his first win of the weekend. Sumit Lucas Toppo finished in 4th place, less than 0.004 secs behind Sarath.


in the second Group D 165cc Novice class, Meka Viduraj made it two out of two to win ahead of Muralidharan and S Sahay.


The penultimate race of the day saw the Yamaha MMSC one Make Championship with YZF R15 Open category. Shyam Shankar had a terrific battle with M Sudhakar to beat him by just one second, with Mathana Kumar finishing in a distant 3rd place.


The final race of the day was the TVS MMSC one Make Championship, with the TVS Apache RTR 180 Novices on track for the second time with Ahmed KY taking another win ahead of S Sahay and Lal Rindhika.


The riders will be back on track once again tomorrow with a total of 14 races still to take place at Round 1 of the 2013 FMSCI indian Motorcycle Championship in Coimbatore.


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Two indians Riders Confirmed to Race in the Asia Dream Cup at the Asia Road Racing Championship Race in Chennai



July 05, 2013:india's Sumit Lucas Toppo and Arunagiri Prahbu could not feel more excited about racing at their home turf, Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Chennai, india for the first time in the Asia Dream Cup that runs concurrently with the PETRonAS Asia Road Racing Championship next weekend.


It's second season running, this new class famous for its incredibly close racing and unpredictable results is conducted with the full support of Honda Motor Co Ltd Japan is a 'scholarship programme aimed at producing world-class levels from within the Asian ranks.



Riders will be racing astride the Honda CBR 250R, a production model that mirrors the Moto3 class in the world championship and in doing so, the Asia Dream Cup becomes the platform for hopeful riders to bridge the gap between Underbone racing to full-frame bikes either in the 600cc class, Moto3 or Moto2.


Sumit and Arunagiri are the second batch of indian riders to participate in the one-make series after Gautam Mayilvaganan and Deepak Papineni made their debut last year. Sumit was runner-up in the Group C category in the indian National Motorcycle Championship last year.



"Taking part in the Asia Dream Cup has been a an eye-opening experience. Not only do I get to compete along some of the most talented young riders in Asia and improve my riding skills but we are also constantly exposed to the technical side of racing from people who have deep knowledge of the sport," said Sumit.


He went on to talk about his expectations for the upcoming race and commented, "We feel highly motivated for our home-race because if there is any chance we can stamp our mark, the Madras Motor Race Track would be it. None of the other riders have been there before so our experience racing there will certainly be an advantage."



for more info please contact Two Wheels Motor Racing Sdn Bhd (TWMR) at +603 8733 8787/ info@twmr.com.my or please log on to the PETRonAS Asia Road Racing Championship official website, www.asiaroadracing.com


Japanese Drivers Make it a Double as Yudai Jinkawa Wins Race 2 of MRF 1600



Arjun Balu & N Leelakrishnan Both Win in ITC


Narendran Wins in formula LGB F4


June 23, 2013:Japanese driver Yudai Jinkawa won Race 2 of the MRF 1600 race in Round 2 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship ahead of Sudarshan Rao and championship leader Ashwin Sundar. The indian Touring Car races were closely contested with championship contenders N. Leelakrishnan and Arjun Balu winning races 1 & 2 respectively. in other action S. Narendran capped off a strong weekend by winning both races of the formula LGB4 & Swift. Earlier in the day Gokul Krishna won his first race in the india Junior Touring Car championship ahead of Charen Chandran and race 1 winner Mihir Dharkar.


Race 1 of the day saw the indian Touring Cars in action with Arjun Narendran on pole ahead of local favourite Arjun Balu. Both got off the line really well and had a great battle in the first half of the race with Leelakrishnan right behind them. The leaders then collided sending both drivers backwards and Leelakrishnan getting past both of them. Leelakrishnan went on to win the race with Ramnarayan in second and Arjun Balu fighting back to finish in third place.


Race 2 of the day was the formula LGB4 & Swift with S. Narendran on pole. Narendran won from start to finish with Jigar Muni in second place and Sudanand D in third place. There was no difference in the second race of the formula LGB4 & Swift with the drivers finishing in the same order and making it two out of two for Narendran.


The indian Junior Touring Cars were next up with Gokul Krishna and Charen Chandran starting on the front row. The main battle was behind them with wheel banging between Mihir Dharkar and Feroze Khan. Feroze got past Mihir to finish in 3rd place but was given a 20 second penalty for an incident and finally ended up in 11th place. Gokul withstood pressure from both Charen and Feroze to win his first race in the IJTC.



in race 2 of the ITC championship, Arjun Narendran started on pole ahead of Arjun Balu. Arjun Balu had a great start and went into the lead with Arjun Narendran passing Ramnarayan on lap 3. From there on it was a close battle between the two Arjun's. It was as close as it could get on the last lap with Arjun Balu just winning by 0.048secs ahead of Arjun Narendran to record one of the closest ever finishes in the ITC history.


The main attraction of the day were the MRF 1600 and it was another exciting race. Ashwin Sundar, starting last fought his way up to 3rd place after a last lap move on Goutam Parekh. in front Yudai Jinkawa had a brilliant start and cruised to victory with second place finisher Sudarshan Rao not getting close enough to challenge him. Vikash Anand drove well to finish in 4th place with 15yr old Tarun Reddy finishing in 5th place after damaging his front wing with a crash with Ashwin Sundar. Ashwin Sundar continues to lead the championship.


The next round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship will take place in Chennai on July 27-28.


Japanese Driver Kizuki Hirota Wins Race 1 of MRF 1600



5 Year Old indian Tarun Reddy Finishes Second


Mihir Dharkar Takes Debut IJTC Win


June 22, 2013: Japanese driver Kizuki Hirota won on debut in the MRF 1600 at Round 2 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship in the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. 15 year old Tarun Reddy, in only his second race weekend came finished behind the Japanese driver, after claiming his first ever pole position earlier in the day. Mihir Dharkar took his first ever indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC) win in the second race of the day. The day end early after a big crash in the formula LGB4 & formula Swift race which resulted in 3 people getting injured on the pit wall. The on-site doctors were quick to confirm that all 3 were recovering well.



Round 2 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship kicked off with qualifying for the MRF 1600 category where former National Karting Champion Tarun Reddy surprised everyone by putting his car on pole in his second ever outing in a single-seater car, ahead of Hirota and Sudarshan Rao. Tarun had a good start and managed to keep Hirota and Rao behind him. Championship leader Ashwin Sundar, who qualified in fifth place, drove brilliantly to pass 4 cars in front of him and take the lead on the 11th lap. on the next lap Ashwin and Tarun touched, putting the former out of the race and bringing out the red flag. At the restart Hirota passed Tarun into the first corner to go on to win the race. Sudarshan Rao finished in third place. Tarun Reddy will score maximum points as Hirota is an international driver.



The second race of the day was the IJTC, with Mihir Dharkar on pole position ahead of Gokul Krishna and Sreeram. Mihir had a great start and managed to hold on to the lead ahead of Gokul. The race finished with Mihir winning ahead of Gokul with Charen Chandran take the final podium spot ahead of championship leader Feroze Khan.


The final race of the day was the formula LGB4 & Swift. S. Narendran qualified on pole position ahead of Deepak Chinnapa and Kartik Krishna. The race was red flagged on lap 2 after an incident at the end of lap 1. The leaders slowed down on the start finish straight but with the pack bunched up many drivers could not stop in time causing a crash. All drivers walked away from their cars.


The indian Touring Car will have both races being held tomorrow. Arjun Narendran took his first pole of the season ahead of championship leader Arjun Balu and Ramnarayan.


Round 2 of 2013 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship to Kick Off in Coimbatore this Weekend


June 20, 2013: Round 2 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship will kick off this weekend from the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore on June 21-23. This weekend will feature races in the MRF 1600 category, indian Touring Cars (ITC), indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC), and formula LGB4 & formula Swift. The first round of the National Racing Championship was held in Chennai in February.

in the MRF 1600 category, Ashwin Sundar will look to extend his winning streak after dominating all three races in Round 1 at the MMRT in Chennai. Amer Beg and Ajay Kini will be the main challengers once again as they look for their first win of the season. Race 1 of the MRF 1600 will take place on Saturday with race 2 taking place on Sunday. The winner of the MRF 1600 Championship will get a free drive in the MRF F2000 support race for the F1 indian Grand Prix.


Experienced campaigner N. Leelakrishnan and Arjun Balu will continue from where they left off from Round 1 in Chennai in the ITC category. Arjun had earlier won race 1 before finishing 2nd in race 2 & 3, both behind the eventual winner Leelakrishnan. Both drivers will look forward to resuming one of the closest battles of the championship. Both races will be held on Sunday.


in the IJTC category, Feroze Khan was unstoppable as he won all three races from round 1 in Chennai. S. Narendran was his closest competitor and will hope for a change of fortunes in round 2. Race 1 will be held on Saturday with race 2 being held on Sunday. The entry list of the ITC and IJTC is over 40 drivers.


Round 2 of the Championship will witness the first race of the formula LGB4 & formula Swift categories as well. Race 1 will be held on Saturday with race 2 & 3 being held on Sunday. Both categories will run together with over 19 drivers confirmed. The winner of the formula Swift championship will get a free drive in the formula LGB4. in addition the winner of the formula LGB4 will get a free drive in the MRF 1600 series.


Ghosh and Naik Champs at the AVT Premium South india Rally



Chennai, March 24: Overnight leaders National champion Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik) nursed his ailing Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia (Group N) to a splendid victory in the AVT Premium South india Rally even as debutants Mahindra XUV 500 and Volkswagen Polo achieved a 1-2 finishes in their respective categories to provide a memorable finale to the first round of the 2013 FMSCI indian Rally Championship in Chennai on Sunday.


Kolkata's Ghosh had to deal with mechanical problems through the two days and 14 Special Stages but managed to bring the Cedia home in one piece as he clocked one hour, 54 minutes, 09.3 seconds to annex the Overall title.


"Over the two days, we had to change 13 parts and we never had a clean stage. Thus, it was great to come away with a win, my second here after 2011, and start the new season with maximum points although we didn't get to drive the way we wanted," said Ghosh.


Finishing second behind Ghosh was Bangalore Vikram Devadasen (Shrikanth Gowda), also in a Cedia, with a time of 01:54:41.5 while the Kerala pair of Dr Bikku Babu and George Verghese came in third at 01:55:31.0.


in the inRC 1600cc class, Sirish Chandran (Nikhil Pai) and Arjun Rao (Satish Rajagopal), both in a Volkswagen Polo, finished first and second respectivey ahead of Byram Godrej (Prajwal Pai) who drove a Maruti Baleno.


"It was a good result for the Volkswagen Polo considering that we came to the event with hardly any testing, but the car handled well even in the rougher sections which speaks a lot for its reliability. Our thanks to Volkswagen for providing all the support," said Chandran.


There were celebrations in Mahindra Adventure camp too as 2011 champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif), driving the XUV 500, was the quickest overall and duly won the title in the SUV category with team-mate Sunny Sidhu (PV Srinivas Murthy) coming in second followed by the lone Gypsy entry, Bangalore's Sanjay Agarwal (Shivaprakash E).


"The performance of the XUV 500 was beyond our expectations. A lot of people had underestimated the capability of the XUV, but we showed what it was capable of. It was a learning experience and I am sure we will improve through the season".



"The MRF tyres also played an important part in our success. They gave us specially prepared tyres for this event and they worked really well," said Gill who underlined his status as country's top Rally driver.


Also impressive was Delhi's Samir Thapar (Vivek Ponnusamy), the lone entrant in the indian Rally Championship category in an all-wheel drive, turbo-charged Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.


Thapar, returning to rallying after a 12-year break, was the second fastest overall behind Gill, clocking 01:52:59.0.


Topping the Junior inRC class was Suhem MK and Jeevarathinam J in a Maruti Baleno while Asad Khan (Zayne Asrar) driving a Maruti Esteem were second with Adith KC (Robin Rajkumar), also in a Maruti Esteem, completing the podium.


Provisional final classification:


inRC Overall: Amittrajit Ghosh / Ashwin Naik (Mitsubishi Cedia) 1 (01hr, 54mins, 09.3secs); Vikram Devadasen / Shrikanth Gowda (Mitsubishi Cedia) 2 (01:54:41.5); Dr Bikku Babu / George Verghese (Mitsubishi Cedia) 3 (01:55:31.0).


inRC 2000cc (Group N): Ghosh / Naik (Mitsubishi Cedia) 1 (01:54:09.3secs); Devadasen / Gowda (Mitsubishi Cedia) 2 (01:54:41.5); Dr Babu / Verghese (Mitsubishi Cedia) 3 (01:55:31.0).


inRC 1600cc: Sirish Chandran / Nikhil V Pai (Volkswagen Polo) 1 (01:56:00.2); Arjun Rao / Satish Rajagopal (Volkswagen Polo) 2 (01:56:47.6); Byram Godrej / Prajwal Pai (Maruti Baleno) 3 (01:57:19.4).


JinRC: Suhem MK / Jeevarathinam J (Maruti Baleno) 1 (01:58:08.8); Asad Khan / Zayne Asrar (Maruti Esteem) 2 (01:58:54.5); Adith KC / Robin Rajkumar (Maruti Esteem) 3 (02:03:21.0).


SUV: Gaurav Gill / Musa Sherif (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) 1 (01:50:32.3); Sunny Sidhu / PV Srinivas Murthy (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) 2 (01:59:20.9); Sanjay Agarwal / Shivaprakash E (Maruti Gypsy) 3 (01:59:27.5).


indian Rally Championship: Samir Thapar / Vivek Ponnusamy (Mitsubhishi Lancer Evo X) 1 (01:52:59.0).


AVT Premium South india Rally Kicks off



Ghosh surges into lead; Gill quickest


Chennai, March 23: National champion Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik), driving a Mitsubishi Cedia (Group N), scrambled into lead after front-running Arjun Rao (Satish Rajagopal) in a Volkswagen Polo conceded lead following a broken drive shaft to drop to overall sixth on the opening day of AVT Premium South india Rally, here on Saturday.


on a day of hot and furious action in the first round of the FMSCI indian National Rally Championship, 2011 champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) of team Mahindra Adventure in a Mahindra XUV 500, topped the time charts with a blistering one hour, 13 minutes, 22.2 seconds as against Ghosh's 01:16:00.7.


While the SUV category made its debut in indian rallying, so did Volkswagen Polo with Sirish Chandran (Nikhil Pai) leading in the 1600cc class, ahead of Byram Godrej (Prjajwal Pai), driving a Maruti Baleno, in second place with Rao in third after docking road penalty of two minutes, 20 seconds for late check-out from service at the end of the day.


in fact, it was Rao who set the pace in the inRC and was placed overall first going into the day's seventh and final Special Stage. However, close to the finish, his Volkswagen Polo suffered a broken drive shaft, but Rao completed the stage with his co-driver Rajagopal pushing the car over the time control line.


Ghosh had mechanical problems to deal with right through the day. "I had a few issues with my car that was costing me a lot of time and I just wanted to finish the day," said a relieved Ghosh.


Placed second behind Ghosh in overall standings was Bangalore's Vikram Devadasen (Shrikanth Gowda) who put in a sensible drive in his Mitsubishi Cedia, but has some 23.6 seconds to make up on Sunday if he hopes to win the title.


While Gill was at his fluent best to dominate the day's proceedings by being the fastest in all the seven Stages, Delhi's Samir Thapar (Vivek Ponnusamy) of Team JCT Rallying, the lone entry in the indian Rally Championship (IRC) category driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, was second quickest with a time of 01:15:56.0, despite incurring a penalty of one minute, 10 seconds.


Of the 37 vehicles which started the event, five cars dropped out mostly due to mechanical problems while Sumit Punjabi (Dr S Dinesh) walked out unhurt after crashing their Cedia.



Provisional Unofficial classification:


inRC Overall: Amittrajit Ghosh / Ashwin Naik (Mitsubishi Cedia) 1 (1hr, 16mins, 0.7secs); Vikram Devadasen / Shrikanth Gowda (Mitsubishi Cedia) 2 (01:16:24.3); Dr Bikku Babu / George Verghese (Mitsubishi Cedia) 3 (01:16:33.1).


inRC 2000cc (Group N): Ghosh / Naik 1 (01:16:00.7); Devadasen / Gowda 2 (01:16:24.3); Dr Babu / Verghese 3 (01:18:06.5).


inRC 1600cc: Sirish Chandran / Nikhil Pai (Volkswagen Polo) 1 (01:17:33.4); Byram Godrej / Prajwal Pai (Maruti Baleno) 3 (01:18:06.5); Arjun Rao / Satish Rajagopal (Volkswagen Polo) 3 (01:18:31.1);


JinRC: Suhem MK / Jeevarathinam J (Baleno) 1 (01:18:48.0); Asad Khan Zayne Asrar (Maruti Esteem) 2 (01:19:01.1); Phillip Thomas / Milen George Cherian (Maruti SX4) 3 (01:21:20.8).


SUV: Gaurav Gill / Musa Sherif (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) 1 (01:13:22.2); Sunny Sidhu / Srinivasa Murthy PV (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) 2 (01:16:25.9); Lohitt Urs / Bonnie Thomas (Mahindra Adventure, XUV 500) 3 (01:17:54.4).


IRC: Samir Thapar / Vivek Ponnusamy (JCT Rally) 1 (01:15:56.0).


Top Guns for AVT Premium South india Rally



Chennai, March 18::The big boys are back and so are the big vehicles for the AVT Premium South india Rally, the first round of the FMSCI indian National Rally Championship. Set to run from March 22-24, organized by the Madras Motor Sports Club, the AVT Premium South india Rally has attracted almost all the premium names with 37 vehicles making up the grid.


The A.V. Thomas Group of Companies is the title sponsor of the three-day event scheduled for March 22-24, which comprises of three physical Special Stages and the thrilling Super Special Stage on the Madras Motor Race Track where the National Racing events are conducted.


Headlining the entry list is 2011 National champion Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) who is leading a three-man Mahindra works team in the introductory SUV category along with Lohitt Urs (Bonnie Thomas) and Sunny Sidhu (PV Srinivasa Murthy), all in the XUV 500 vehicles. Joining the trio is Bangalore's Sanjay Agarwal (Shiva Prakash) in a Gypsy.


Also for the first time in the inRC will be a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 to be driven by Delhi's Samir Thapar who will be returning to the scene after more than a decade with Vivek Ponnusamy as his co-driver. Thapar is the lone entrant in the top end indian Rally Championship (IRC) category that is open to four-wheel drive vehicles up to 2500cc (excluding turbo).


Adding colour and variety to the grid are three Volkswagen Polo cars which will be making their debut in the inRC. Two of the Polos, driven by Sirish Chandran (Nikhil Pai) and Arjun Rao (Satish Rajagopal) are in the inRC 1600cc class.



The third Volkswagen vehicle, participating in the Junior inRC category, will be piloted by Pune's Rohan Pawar (Nitin Jacob) who was instrumental in putting together the three-car Team Slideways. in the 1600cc mix is also 2012 JinRC champion Karan AM (Shanmuga SN).


Mangalore collegian Dean Mascarenhas (Shruptha Padival) will be making his debut in the 2000cc class that has reigning champion Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) besides veterans Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Bhatt) and Bikku Babu (George Verghese).


Mr. Ajit Thomas, President A.V. Thomas Group of Companies, "We are excited to be associated with the opening round of the 2013 inRC. The entry list for this round boasts the leading rally drivers from india and more importantly a strong manufacturers' presence. We hope this can help in bringing Rallying in india back to its glory days. The organizers have done an excellent job with the preparation for the event and we are ready to go racing."


Mr. Manoj Dalal, Clerk of Course, AVT South india Rally, commented, "This is the opening round of the 2013 inRC championship and we are keen to create a benchmark for the rest of the season. After a long time the entry list includes some of the leading manufacturers in the country and we hope to attract even more.


"We were fortunate to have National Racing Champion Arjun Balu test the stages, and more importantly he was very impressed with all the stages. We are keen to improve the show every year and hope the drivers enjoy this challenge."



The Junior inRC has attracted the maximum entries of 14 as against nine each in the 2000cc and 1600cc and four in the SUVcategories.


The inRC National championship will comprise of two major classes - Group N, up to 2000cc and up to 1600cc. That apart, there will be three other categories - the indian Rally Championship (4-Wheel Drive, up to 2500cc, excluding Turbo), the Junior indian National Rally Championship (Group N 1600cc, for those born after January 1, 1985) and the indian SUV Rally Championship (up to 3000cc, including Turbo).


The total rally distance is about 300 Kms of which 117.5 Kms is the competitive section. The Madras Motor Race Track at Irrungattukottai, is the hub of this rally and it hosts the Service Park as well as the Rally Headquarters besides one of the three dirt track Stages (9 Kms) and the 3.2 Kms Super Special Stage that will be run on the race circuit itself.


The other two physical Special Stages are located on the 700 - acre Aavisa Golf complex and the IVRCL premises, with distances of 17 Kms and 11 Kms, respectively. Each of the Special Stages will be run twice on Saturday, March 23 and once on Sunday, March 24.


The programme on both days commences with the Super Special Stage that will provide the spectators an excellent view of the Rally vehicles in action while on Friday, March 22, the competitors will be able to carry out a reconnaissance of the Rally route after which is scheduled a Drivers' Briefing and a Media Conference at the MMRT Media Centre.


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