How Indians performed over the weekend (August 4-6)
Krishnaraaj Mahadik scored a victory, while several Indian drivers finished on the podium over the weekend of August 4-6. Read on to find out how all Indian drivers, riders and manufacturers performed over the last three days.
Krishnaraaj Mahadik (British F3 Brands Hatch)
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Best finish: win
Krishnaraaj Mahadik won on his first race appearance of the year, triumphing in the second of three British F3 races at Brands Hatch.
Mahadik finished eighth in the first race of the weekend, which, crucially, put him on reverse-grid pole for Race 2.
The Kolhapur-born driver initially held his position, before multiple race-winner Toby Sowery came breathing down his neck and passed him for the lead.
However, in a late twist of fortunes, Towery was disqualified for a technical infringement, handing Mahadik the race win.
Later on, the 19-year-old rounded off the weekend with an eighth place finish in Race 3.
Mahindra (Moto3 Czech Republic)
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Best finish - 12th
Mahindra started the second half of the Moto3 season with a points finish in the Czech Republic.
Albert Arenas, who missed the last three races due to an injury, started dead last on the grid after a technical infringement in practice. However, it was a different story in the race where he rocketed to 12th place to add four more points to his tally.
Arenas’ teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta was the next highest Mahindra finisher in 19th, ahead of Peugeot’s Jakub Kornfeil - who, at one occasion, was running in 10th place.
CIP’s Marco Bezzecchi was classified 22nd, three places ahead of teammate Manuel Pagliani. Patrik Pulkkinen was 30th in the order in the other Peugeot-badged Mahindra.
Ishaan Dodhiwala (Polo Cup Shanghai)
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Best finish: third
Ishaan Dodhiwala was equally impressive on his international debut, but didn’t quite have the same luck as Mahadik.
Dodhiwala qualified second on the grid for the opening race, but dropped down to fifth after being hit by a rival on the first lap.
Despite the early setback, he initiated a stunning recovery drive to cross the finishing line in third and secure a well-deserved podium finish.
He finished second on the road in Race 2, but was penalised for overtaking under a red flag - something he couldn’t see due to the signboard being obstructed by a rival car.
Akhil Rabindra (British F3 Brands Hatch)
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Rabindra-Macdonald post comeback
India’s Akhil Rabindra and his British teammate Dean Macdonald finished 21st overall in the penultimate round of the 2017 British GT Championship at Brands Hatch.
They finished sixth in the Silver Class and in the GT4 class, they were 10th. They were driving the #59 McLaren 570S. This was a good comeback considering that the qualifying was hampered by rain and the team was not able to prepare the car in time.
They had to start the race at the back of the grid. After six rounds, they are 10th in the GT4 class.
Mahaveer Raghunathan (BOSS GP Assen)
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Best finish: second
Former European F3 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan scored a double podium finish in BOSS GP’s Assen round to stay on top of the leaderboard..
Raghunathan finished third in Race 1, before improving to P2 in the second race of the weekend.
With two rounds to go, Raghunathan is 14 points clear of of Italy’s Salvatore De Plano in the Formula class standings.
Akash Gowda (Japanese F4 Fuji)
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Best finish - 17th
Akash Gowda finished inside the top 20 in both the Japanese F4 races despite a difficult qualifying session that left him 23rd on the grid.
Gowda, who is mentored by Indian GT ace Armaan Ebrahim, made some respectable overtaking moves in both the races to end up 17th and 20th respectively.
Given his starting position, a point results would have been a mammoth task. Hence, the Bangalore-based driver would reasonably be satisfied with his performance.
JK Tyre Racing (Coimbatore)
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In stark contrast to the opening round, four different drivers won as many races in the second round of the JK Tyre Racing Championship at Coimbatore.
Nayan Chatterjee inherited the victory in Race 1 after runaway leader Vishnu Prasad retired on the final lap with a technical issue. Defending champion Anindith Reddy won the second race, before Prasad notched his fifth victory of the season in Race 3.
In the final race of the weekend, it was Australia’s Ricky Capo who claimed the top spot on the podium.
National Motorcycle (Chennai)
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Mathana Kumar and Jagan Kumar shared victories in the National Motorcycle Championship’s Super Sport 165cc class last weekend.
Jagan won the Saturday race after Mathana and Rajiv Sethu ran into technical troubles. On Sunday, Jagan was on the receiving end of mechanical problems, allowing Mathana to sneak through and take the race win.
Dinesh Kumar triumphed in the opening Super Sport 300-400cc race of the weekend, before Amarnath Menon notched his fifth win of the season in Race 2.
One-make championships (Chennai and Coimbatore)
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Harikrishnan Rajagopal and Sethu were in a class of their own in the two Honda one-make races, scoring one win apiece.
Rajagopal won the first race by just 0.181s, with Sethu coming out in front by an equally slender margin in Race 2.
In similar fashion to the Honda one-make championship, the TVS category saw a two-horse race between Chennai duo Kannan Karnan and Sivanesan S.
Karnan won the opening race of the weekend, with Sivanesan taking the top honours in Race 2.
In the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Chennai’s Joseph Matthew extended his domination with back-to-back race wins.
Matthew remains unbeaten at the halfway point in the season.
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