Fourth round of the JK Tyre Rotax Max Karting Championship concludes in Banglore
The fourth round of the 12th JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship concluded this weekend after two days of intense racing action. Saturday was earmarked as the day for practice, qualifying and Heat One. In the qualifying round before the first Heat, Nikhil Bohra from team Meco Racing, Mohammed Nalwalla of Rayo Racing and Ricky Donison of team BPC Racing qualified on pole in the Micro Max, Junior Max and Senior Max categories respectively.
The First Heat provided a glimpse of the racing action set to unfold at the Meco Kartopia track in Bengaluru. Shahan Ali Mohsin , who leads the Micro Max championship, displayed his stunning driving skills as he led the field to the chequered flag. Mohammed Nalwalla was in his element as he took a thumping victory over his rivals in the Junior Max categories. But the drive of the day was by Ricky Donison who was unchallenged to P1.
Day Two was even more intense as this was the penultimate round of the 2015 championship. Heat Two of the Micro Max category was won by Shahan again while Mohammed Nalwalla and Ricky Donison sealed P1 for the pre-finals in their respective categories. From their performances this far, it seemed that the trio would clinch victories in the pre-final and final with ease, however, the spectators were in for a few surprises.
In the pre-final race of the Micro Max category, Shahan was under constant attack from Nikhil Bohra. The little ones left no stone unturned and were competing flat out. Just before the finish line, Nikhil took a chance and tried to overtake Shahan, but unfortunately, he hit a competitor and was handed a two place grid penalty. In the Junior Max pre-final, Mohammed Nalwalla's championship challenge took a hit since he was forced to retire due to a mechanical issue. Manav Sharma took the chequered flag on first followed by Nirmal Umashankar and Abhirath Shetty. Ricky Donison won the pre-final race too.
The final races, however, were the best of all. Shahan Ali Mohsin was again under pressure from Nikhil Bohra who followed the Agra boy with barely an inch to spare. Ruhaan Alva, meanwhile, was piling the pressure on Nikhil. The trio gave it all they'd got and slowly pulled away from the rest of the field. Towards the closing stages, Shahan hung on to first with Nikhil right behind him. Ruhaan began falling back. When the chequered flag was waved, Shahan added some valuable points to his kitty by crossing the line in P1.
The Junior Max race was a complete entertainer with some thrilling battles up and down the order. Manav Sharma emerged as a formidable competitor as he displayed incredible wheelmanship to cross the line first, followed by Akash Gowda. The star driver of the race was Mohammed Nalwalla who drove like a man on a mission. Starting from last place, the Mumbai boy drove pedal to the metal and rose to third. There was a major accident though during this race, when Akash Gowda and Nirmal Umashankar's karts collided, sending Nirmal flipping towards the tyre barriers. Luckily, he survived the crash with no major injury to him or the kart.
The final race in the Senior Max category was dominated by Ricky Donison of BPC Racing. Starting on pole, he managed to stay out in front as the field entered the first corner. From then on, he kept his head down and began stretching his lead. Nayan Chatterjee and Ameya Bafna, Rayo Racing team-mates were in hot pursuit, but were no match for Ricky's stunning pace.
Shahan Ali Mohsin (centre) with Manav Sharma on the left and Ricky Donison on the right
By the tenth lap of the 20-lap race, Ricky was over three seconds ahead of Nayan with Ameya in third. The crowd too watched in awe as Ricky drove as if on rails. He was sewing in apex after apex with precision, an act that saw him take an emphatic victory and extend his lead in the championship. Nayan Chatterjee was second and Ameya Bafna in third brought home a double podium for the Rayo Racing camp.
The final round of the 12th JK Tyre FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship 2015 will be held at the Meco Kartopia Circuit from October 10-11, 2015.
Shahan Ali Mohsin 15:05.027
Nikhil Bohra 15:05.194
Ruhaan Alva 15:05.516
Manav Sharma 16:28.585
Akash Gowda 16:36.347
Mohammed Nallwalla 16:36.967
Ricky Donison 18:15.306
Nayan Chatterjee 18:17.966
Ameya Bafna 18:21.433
Shahan Ali Mohsin, Manav Sharma & Ricky Donison win in the Micro, Junior & Senior Max categories in Round 4 of the 12th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship 2015
|Bangalore, September 27, 2015: Round 4 of the 12th JK Tyre-FMSCI Rotax National Karting Championship came to a thrilling end at Meco Kartopia here in Bangalore. Young lad from Agra, Shahan Ali Mohsin from Team Meco Racing continued his dominance in the Micro Max category, Manav Sharma from Faridabad (Team BPC Racing) and Bangalore boy Ricky Donison (Team BPC Racing) emerged winners in the Junior & Senior Max categories. Meco Kartopia was hosting the National karting championship for the first time after hosting the JK Tyre-MMS Rotax Rookie Cup, which was held earlier this year. Spread over two days, the penultimate round was filled with speed and action, as the young karters from across the country put in their best efforts and fought hard to take the top three steps on the podium. Day 1 started with the practice session followed by the qualifying sessions in the Micro Max, Junior Max & Senior Max categories. Nikhil Bohra from Bangalore representing Team Meco Racing, Mohammed Nallwalla from Mumbai representing Team Rayo Racing & Ricky Donison from Bangalore representing Team BPC Racing lead in the qualifying round in the Micro Max, Junior Max & Senior Max categories respectively. Meco Kartopia was buzzing with excitement as the heat races in the Micro Max category began. The tiny tots battled it out fiercely to finish first. In the end, it was Shahan from Agra closing in first followed by Nikhil Bohra and Ruhaan Alva both from Bangalore in the second and third place respectively. After a bumper to bumper 15 laps in the Junior Max category, Mohammed Nallwalla from Mumbai took the lead and took the chequered flag. Nirmal Umashankar from Chennai crossed the finish line second and Abhirath A Shetty from Bangalore representing Team Meco Racing was placed third. In the Senior Max category, the experienced Ricky Donison from Bangalore showcased some excellent karting skills and finished first. He was followed by Ameya Bafna who secured second place and Dhruv Mohite finished third in the Senior Max category. Day 2 started off with the second set of heat races and Shahan yet again emerged first and clocked the best time yet again thereby sealing his first place on the grid for the pre-finals. . It was a tough fight between Nikhil and Ruhaan, however mid-way through the race Nikhil retired because of some technical snag and Ruhaan took over. He was placed second and was followed by Aditya Swaminathan from Bangalore in the Micro Max category. The excitement at the track soared when the Junior Max category race began. As the karters raced in full throttle, it was Mohammed Nallwalla who emerged first in the leader board. Nirmal Umashankar and Manav Sharma were placed second and third respectively. In the Senior Max category Ricky Donison put in his best efforts and his action packed performance placed him first. Dhruv Mohite crossed the chequered flag second and Nayan Chatterjee managed third place. The pre-finals race in the Micro Max category saw Shahan, Ruhaan and Nikhil battle it out for the top three places. Nikhil was dominating the race however he was imposed a two place penalty as he caused a collision which worked in Shahan's favour and he was declared first. Ruhaan came second and Nikhil secured the third place. It was interesting to see how the drivers battled it out in the Junior Max category. Manav Sharma and Nirmal Umashankar kept the spectators entertained with their superb racing skills. Manav crossed the finish line first and Nirmal second however the difference between them was less than a second. Abhirath A Shetty was placed third. In the Senior Max category, Ricky Donison put up a tough fight and his action packed performance left everyone thrilled. Nayan Chatterjee drove his place to second place and finishing third was Dhruv Mohite. In the final race of Micro Max category, Shahan Ali Mohsin had a comfortable race as he lead from start to finish. The real battle was behind him for the second and third place. Nikhil gave a tough fight to Shahan however he could only finish second behind him. Ruhaan Alva from Bangalore secured took the third step on the podium. The race amongst the Junior Max category was an intense one. All was good until the 12th lap when Akash Gowda and Nirmal Umashankar collided with each other because of which Nirmal went off the track and had a minor accident. Manav Sharma continued to show off his aggressive streak and crossed the finish line first. Akash Gowda was placed second and Mohammed Nallwalla finished third. The seasoned drivers in the Senior Max category raced wheel to wheel and in the end of 20 laps, Ricky Donison took away the chequered flag. He left the spectators wide eyed with his skills and it was an absolute treat to watch him race. Finishing second was Nayan Chatterjee and Ameya Bafna managed to cross the finish line third. The top three winners of each category were awarded in the podium ceremony which was held after all the races. The fifth and final round of 12th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship will be held in Bangalore from October 10-11, 2015 at the Meco Kartopia track. Provisional results: Micro max Heat 1 (10 laps) Shahan Ali Mohsin 10:06.744 Nikhil Bohra 10:06.925 Ruhaan Alva 10:07.029 Heat 2: Shahan Ali Mohsin 10:05.516 Ruhaan Alva 10:05.708 Aditya Swaminathan 10:11.144 PRE-FINALS: Shahan Ali Mohsin 12:04.110 Ruhaan Alva 12:04.836 Nikhil Bohra 12:04.013 FINAL RACE: Shahan Ali Mohsin 15:05.027 Nikhil Bohra 15:05.194 Ruhaan Alva 15:05.516 Junior Max Heat 1 (15 laps) Mohammed Nallwalla 13:42.613 Nirmal Umashankar 13:46.840 Abirath A Shetty 13:53.338 Heat 2: Mohammed Nallwalla 13:53.399 Nirmal Umashankar 13:54.180 Manav Sharma 13:55.677 PRE-FINALS: Manav Sharma 13:50.071 Nirmal Umashankar 13:50.988 Abhirath A Shetty 13:55.778 FINAL RACE: Manav Sharma 16:28.585 Akash Gowda 16:36.347 Mohammed Nallwalla 16:36.967 Senior Max Heat 1 (15 laps) Ricky Donison 13:43.093 Ameya Bafna 13:45.032 Dhruv Mohite 13:46.217 Heat 2 Ricky Donison - 13:46.044 Dhruv Mohite 13:49.049 Nayan Chatterjee 13:50.221 PRE-FINALS: Ricky Donison 16:32.465 Nayan Chatterjee 16:35.433 Dhruv Mohite 16:39.695 FINAL RACE: Ricky Donison 18:15.306 Nayan Chatterjee 18:17.966 Ameya Bafna 18:21.433|