Chennai, September 9: In a dramatic turn of events following disqualification of two riders, Bengaluru’s 21-year old Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing Academy) clinched the title in the Girls category with a round to spare in the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the MMRT track here on Saturday.
Aishwarya had finished second behind Chennai’s Alisha Abdullah in the eight-lap race with Kalyani Potekar from Indore third. However, following post-race scrutiny, Kalyani was disqualified on technical grounds along with her Speed Up Racing team-mate Ryhana Bee who had come in fifth.The revised result of the race took Aishwarya’s points tally to 83 and 32 points clear of Kalyani in the championship standings with just one more race to be run October 29-November 1 and a maximum of 25 points available.
“I am absolutely thrilled to win the championship with a round to spare. I am at a loss of words,” said a delighted Aishwarya on winning the National championship for girls, a category that was introduced this season. Incidentally, earlier this year, she won the Indian National Rally Championship for girls, also with a round to spare.
Meanwhile, the battle for points turned fierce as Jagan Kumar of TVS Racing and Deepak Ravikumar (Moto-Rev) chalked up crucial victories in their respective categories.
Jagan Kumar scored a fine win in the premier Super Sport Indian (Up to 165cc) class, holding off championship leader Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten10 Racing) after the duo exchanged leads over nine laps before the TVS racer pulled away, taking advantage of back-markers.
Going into Sunday’s race of the double-header, Jagan, by virtue of today’s win, his third of the season, moved up to third place, just four points behind Mathana Kumar of Honda Ten10 Racing (101 points) who after a collision with TVS Racing’s KY Ahamed in the first lap, limped home fifth. Sethu continues to head the table with 123 points.
Likewise, Ravikumar survived a tight three-way fight in the Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) race that was red-flagged and reduced to six laps to finish ahead of Antony Peter (Team Alisha Abdullah) and championship leader Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) who played it smart, going for points. Menon is still comfortably placed with 140 points to Ravikumar’s 91 with three more races, including one on Sunday and the double-header of the final round later this month.
The Pro-Stock category, which was run on a combined grid with Super Sport Indian (165cc), produced some drama as both the championship contenders in this category, Aravind Balakrishnan (108 points) and Aravind Ganesh (90) crashed and failed to pick up any points.
Team Alisha Abdullah’s S Sivanesan took the honours as Soorya PM, who had finished first, was disqualified for disobeying a “ride-through” penalty for jump start. Prabhu V (Sparks Racing) and Sahay S (Rockers Racing) finishing second and third, respectively.
The results (Provisional):
Super Sport Indian (Up to 165cc) – Race 1 (9 laps): 1. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) (10mins, 17.792secs); 2. Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten10 Racing) (10:18.134); 3. Kannan Subramaniam (TVS Racing) (10:31.729).
Pro-Stock (Up to 165cc) – Race 1 (9 laps):1. Sivanesan S (Team Alisha Abdullah) (11:04.205); 2.Prabhu V (Sparks Racing) (11: 28.319); 3. Sahay S (Rockers Racing) (10:19.716).
Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) – Race 1 (6 laps): 1. Deepak Ravi Kumar (Moto Rev) (06:57.944); 2. Antony Peter (Team Alisha Abdullah) (06:58.620); 3. Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing India) (06:58.802);
Girls (Stock, Up to 165cc, 8 laps): 1. Alisha Abdullah (Team Alisha Abdullah) (10:24.640); 2. Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing Academy) (10:25.424); 3. Ann Jennifer (RACR) (10:32.057).
One-Make Championship – Honda CBR 150 (Novice, 8 laps) Race 1:1. Amala Jerald A (Chennai) (10:15.838); 2. Balaji G (Chennai) (10:17.292); 3. Satyanarayana Raju (Hyderabad) (10:18.948).
TVS Apache RTR 200 (Open): Race 1 (9 laps): 1. Sivanesan S (Chennai) (11:25.588); 2. Arun Muthukrishnan (Chennai) (11:28.680); 3. Anand Kumar S (Chennai) (11:28.689).
Support Races for Girls – Honda (8 laps: 1. Kalyani Potekar (Indore) (10:41.311); 2. Deepika Rajeswari (Chennai) (11: 26.476); 3. Elakiya R (Chennai) (11:26.887). TVS (5 laps): 1. Aishwarya Pissay (Bengaluru) (06: 36.371); 2. Ann Jennifer (Chennai) (06:45.102); 3. Soundari A (Chennai) (07:04.157).