Rajvirdhan gets nose ahead in drivers’ standings

V Rajvirdhan cruises to second victory in as many days at Sriperumbudur on Sunday

V Rajvirdhan (Coimbatore) wrested the lead in the drivers’ standings in the Indian Touring Cars classes after scoring a flawless double victory in the fourth round of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship at the MMST Track in Sriperumbudur near here today.

The 27-year-old Rajvirdhan (Prime Racing) made capital of a good start to claim his third victory of the season to rise to the lead in the Indian Touring Cars class. He was given a shot in the arm when a combination of fever and an underprepared car kept championship leader TR Radha Selvarajan (Rad Racing) away from the start line.

Rajvirdhan hit the front by the first corner and enjoyed a lonely race for much of the time, especially after his challenger N Leelakrishnan’s car stalled towards the end of the fourth lap. Leelakrishnan recovered soon to be able to regain his position from defending champion Siddharth Kishore and take his fourth successive second place.

 “It got a bit boring towards the end but it was a good race,” Rajvirdhan said. “I had to put my head down as Leela was on my tail for a bit and then he wasn’t there and resurfaced again in my rearview mirror. I expect both Radha Selvarajan and Leelakrishnan to come back strongly in the fifth round here next month and will have to work hard to keep the lead.”

Ameya Walawalkar, 31, showed calm countenance and stayed clear of trouble to take the chequered flag for the fifth time this season in the Formula LGB Swift class but will have to wait for the scrutineers and the Stewards to confirm his victories. His Mars Racing team-mate R Deepak, whose miserable weekend continued as he was penalised 20 seconds for a false start and lost a podium finish

Chennai youngster Feroze Khan (HCZ Racing) claimed a twin victory this weekend in the Indian Junior Touring Cars class to rise to fourth in the standings. The championship leader Diljit Shaji was docked 20 seconds for a false start but his second place finish was restored when MotoRev India driver Emmanuel Jebaraj was excluded by the stewards after scrutiny. Three MotoRev India drivers Emmanuel Jebaraj (Chennai), Gokul Krishna (Chennai) and Emmanuel Clarke (Coimbatore) were excluded after scrutiny. With challenger B Bala Vijay not picking up any points today, Shaji has a 43-point lead after eight races.

Pune’s Oshan Kothadiya saw the two varying emotions on Sunday. He won the Polo R Cup race in the morning to take the lead in the drivers’ standings ahead of Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad. His dreams of consolidating the advantage went bust in the afternoon when he went out of the race with a mechanical failure moments after the start.

Contrastingly, Vishnu Prasad started the morning race 11th after being penalised by the stewards for an infringement last month and managed a fifth place. Starting fourth in the afternoon race, he found his way through some early traffic to put himself in place to regain the championship lead. But like Ameya, he will have to await a decision of the stewards.

Bollywood actor Purab Kohli won the Polo R Cup race for bosses ahead of FMSCI President Vicky Chandhok.