Visakhapatnam, 16 Nov 2014: Mumbai teenager Ameya Bafna won the Karting Nationals for the year 2014 in the Senior Max category but his result was proclaimed as provisional owing to a protest which may change the winner in the premium category. Since the winner of the championship is expected to take part in the Rotax Max World Finals, it is important for the Indian Federation to announce the stewards decision in a few days time.
“The winners from about 70 countries will take part in the 15th Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2014 from November 25 – 29, and the winners of Junior and Senior category from India are expected to take part,” said Akbar Ebrahim, chairman, Racing Commission, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), here on Sunday. The amazing track of Kartódromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero Chiva in Valencia, Spain will host the karting highlight of the year!
Meanwhile, Bengaluru boys Yash Aradhya and Ricky Donison emerged champions in Micro Max and Junior Max categories respectively in the 11th JK Tyre Karting Nationals, the 5th and final round of which concluded at the V-1 track on the Vizag-Bheemli beach road, here on Sunday, adds an official press release.
Aradhya, the 12-year old sixth standard student of Bishop Cotton’s in Bengaluru, had a virtually untroubled run in the Micro Max final as he built an early lead starting from pole position and nursed it to the finish line to clinch the championship in style with his fourth win in five rounds.
The Junior Max final was bitterly contested as pole-sitter Donison was quick off the blocks and led until Kush Maini, having started fourth, caught up with him. The two Bengaluru boys fought tooth and nail until Maini made a fine move to go into the lead that he kept to the finish.
Despite the second place finish, London-born 16-year old Donison, a student of Bangalore International School, still clinched the championship, albeit by just four points while Maini finished second.
The Senior Max Finals saw Chittesh Mandody of Mohite’s Racing snatching the lead from pole-sitter and team-mate Dhruv Mohite to win comfortably. Finishing second behind Mandody was Rayo Racing’s Nayan Chatterjee who slipped past Mohite in the latter half of the race.
Staying away from the battle ahead, 19-year old Bafna kept his wits about him and seemed content to finish fourth which earned him sufficient points to claim the championship in his class.
Earlier, Aradhya pulled off another brilliant win in the Pre-Final to consolidate his lead in the class championship while Maini could manage only fourth following a racing incident he was involved in as Donison, Ravindra and Akash Gowda finished ahead of him.
The Senior Max Pre-Finals saw Mohite coming up with a late move on front-runner Mandody to win the race while Bafna, driving well within himself and with an eye on his championship, came in third.
The results: Finals – Micro Max: Yash Aradhya (MECO Racing) 1; Chirag Ghorpade (BPC Racing) 2; Paul Francis (MECO Racing) 3. Championship winner: Aradhya (196 points)
Junior Max (provisional): Kush Maini (Dark Don Racing) 1; Ricky Donison (BFC Racing) 2; Aaroh Ravindra (Rayo Racing) 3. Championship winner: Donison (183 points).
Senior Max: Chittesh Mandody (Mohite’s Racing) 1; Nayan Chatterjee (Rayo Racing) 2; Dhruv Mohite (Mohite’s Racing) 3. Championship winner: Ameya Bafna (Rayo Racing, 181 points).
Pre-Finals – Micro Max: Yash Aradhya 1, Arun S Nair 2, Chirag Gorphade 3. Junior Max: Ricky Donison 1, Aaroh Ravindra 2, Akash Gowda 3. Senior Max: Dhruv Mohite 1, Chittesh Mandody 2, Ameya Bafna 3.
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