Coimbatore, June 9: KY Ahamed rode a brilliant race to lead a TVS Racing 1-2 finish in the
premier Super Sport Indian 165cc class in the Rolon Round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian
National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Saturday.
Finishing behind Ahamed, who started the race from fourth on the grid, was team-mate and
reigning National champion Jagan Kumar, and pole-sitter Mathana Kumar of Honda Ten10
Racing in a race that was delayed by rain.
Ahamed had a strong start as he slipped past Sarath Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) to third
position. Stepping up the pace, he soon caught up with Jagan and Mathana, and overtook
them by the end of the second lap. Once in the front, Ahamed did not look back despite his
visor getting fogged and at times missing the braking points.
“It was a tough race and I got to the front by the end of the second lap. However, as the race
went on, my visor began fogging. I had difficulty in finding the braking points on the track,
but somehow managed to hold it together,” said the 20-year old from Chennai.
The race was re-started when Prabhu Arunagiri’s bike engine blew in the very first lap on the
start-finish straight leading to a red flag and a “quick start”.
Earlier, local lad Antony Peter (Vortex Racing), a 22-year old automotive engineering
student, won a tight race in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc class that was red-flagged due to sharp
showers and reduced to seven laps from the scheduled 10.
Starting from fifth on the grid, Peter, who had finished fourth in the championship in this
class last year, quickly moved up and tucked in behind leader Peddu Sriharsha (Sparks
Racing) from Hyderabad before going to the front in the fourth lap. He then maintained his
lead before the race was red-flagged for a creditable win.
Bengaluru’s 42-year old techie Ananth Krishnan (Apex Racing Academy) completed the
podium after surviving a few moments on the slippery track. With the showers continuing
and a few riders crashing, the race was red-flagged.
A heavy downpour early afternoon delayed the proceedings, but with the track quickly
drying, the programme resumed.
The results (Provisional):
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – Super Sport Indian 165cc (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. KY Ahamed
(TVS Racing) (08mins, 49.787secs); 2. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) (08:50.122); 3. Mathana
Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) (08:50.595).
Pro-Stock 165cc (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. Anish Shetty (Honda Ten10 Racing) (09:20.975); 2.
Kevin Kannan (Rockers Racing) (09:21.094); 3. S Sivanesan (TVS Racing) (09:26.011).
Pro-Stock 301-400cc (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. Antony Peter (Vortex Racing) (09: 13.827); 2.
Peddu Sriharsha (Sparks Racing) (09:14.288); 3. Ananth Krishnan (Apex Racing Academy)
One-Make Championship: Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup 2018 organised by MMSC –
Race 1 (CBR 250): 1. Senthil Kumar (Coimbatore) (13:14.654); 2. Anish Damodara Shetty
(Hubballi) (13:14.782); 3. Jaden Gunawardena (Sri Lanka) (13:25.373).
TVS – Novice (Apache RTR 200, 10 laps): 1. Karthik Mateti (Hyderabad) (15:08.752); 2.
Mohamed Shafin (Kerala) (15:31.452); 3. AS Alexander (Chennai) (15:45.814). Girls
(Apache RTR 180, 8 laps): 1. Ryhana Bee (Chennai) (12:09.398); 2. Ann Jennifer (Chennai)
(12:10.661); 3. RV Czimkay (Trivandrum) (12:42.825).
About Madras Motor Sports Club
The Madras Motor Sports Club has been the pioneer in developing and promoting motorsport in India since 1953, and we look to further improve in the years to come. It is the club’s endeavor to provide more opportunities for competitors and to this end, it has chalked out a progressive program for 2017. From the days of Sholavaram , MMSC built its own racetrack which was inaugurated in 1979 and secured its FIA Grade-2 international certification in 2015, making it the only club which owns such a facility. The club has organised the Porsche Super Cup, Formula Campos, Formula Asia, Asian touring car championships, Formula 3,Tata Prima Truck racing championship, the Asian 2-wheeler racing championships besides a host of other motorsport events over the years. The club also has active participation for its events from vehicle manufacturers who also use the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) extensively for testing their products.