Tough fight for front-runners in JK Tyre National Racing

August 19th, 2011 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) The front-runners would be hoping to consolidate their positions as the third round of the JK Tyre National Racing Championship gets under way here Saturday, but they will be wary of the competition that is closing in on them all the time.

The previous two rounds in Coimbatore witnessed some fast and furious action and the results were largely unpredictable in all the three classes of the championship - Super Saloon, Indian Junior Touring Car (IJTC) and the Formula LGB Swift.

If anything, the championship is still wide open with early leaders Diljith Shaji (86 points) in the IJTC, veteran T.R. Radha Selvarajan (86) in the Super Saloon and Deepak Ravikumar (80) in the LGB Swift having to keep an eye on their rearview mirrors.

Competition in the two touring car segments has been particularly close. Selvarajan (RAD Racing) dominated the opening round with a double, but was beaten to the second spot in the next outing behind two Coimbatore veterans Vidya Prakash and B. Vijayakumar (both Prime Racing).

Also in the mix is young Vijayakumar Rajvirudhan (Prime Racing) who is currently second in the championship on 63 points, just three ahead of his father Vijayakumar, following three podium finishes in four races.

In the IJTC, Bala Vijay (Moto Rev) has been a dominant force with a double in the first round and a repeat in the next. However, he was excluded from the second round results and stripped of his points for “technical infringement” following post-race scrutiny of his vehicle.

In the bargain, Shaji (LCT Sigaram Sports) benefited and was pitch-forked to the top of the leaderboard. However, Bala Vijay, presently in fourth, can be expected to bounce back with a vengeance this weekend and regain his position at the top of the championship standings.

Meanwhile, LGB Swift class has had its share of ups and downs. The seasoned Ameya Walavalkar (Mars Racing) pulled off a double in the second round after a flop show in the first to get back into contention.

Although Ravikumar (Mars Racing) opened up a good lead following his double in the first round, he would need to be more consistent if he hopes to nurse his position at the top.

In the single-make Volkswagen Polo R Cup series, that is being run concurrently, Chennai teenager Vishnu Prasad enjoys a commanding lead with three wins in four races for a tally of 110, way ahead of Mihir Dharkar (77) and Oshan Kothadiya (72).

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