Chennai teenager bags third podium of season in BOSS GP
Chennai teen Mahaveer Raghunathan clinched his third consecutive podium finish in the BOSS GP 2017 championship (an FIA accredited series, formerly known as Auto GP) on Saturday. Mahaveer finished second in Race 1 at Zandvoort circuit, the Netherlands, the venue of championship’s second round.
The 18-year-old who is representing Italian team Coloni Motorsport and drives a Lola Gibson Tech 3.4 V8 car in the Formula class is currently
second in the championship standings with 62 points and just 10 points behind leader Johann Ledermair of Austria. The Race 2 will be held on Sunday.
Mahaveer qualified fourth overall in a combined grid of 13 cars which also has more powerful Open category vehicles. In Qualifying, Mahaveer was second fastest in his Formula category which has 10 cars in total.
Starting fourth on the grid, Mahaveer moved up a position in the fourth lap and maintained the spot in the 14 lap race. In Formula class, he finished second behind championship leader Ledermair. His best effort came in the second lap with a timing of 1:28.344. Despite finishing second, Mahaveer was not 100% happy about the outcome. Commented Mahaveer: “I could have gone for a better result, if I wouldn’t have been blocked by another driver. I will do my best in Race 2.”
Results (Round 2, race 1): 14 laps: 1. Johann Ledermair (Aut) 20:07.527; 2. Mahaveer Raghunathan (Ind) 21:13.226; 3. Salvatore De Plano (Ita) 21:31.130.
Championship Standings (top five, after three races)
1. Johann Ledermair (Austria) 72 points
2. Mahaveer Raghunathan (India) 62 points
3. Salvatore De Plano (Italy) 54 points
4. Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Germany) 52 points
5. Christian Eicke (Switzerland) 23 points