Weekend round-up: F1, Sherco TVS win, Mahadik podium
We round up all the action from the past weekend, recapping the German GP, Sherco TVS’ Baja win, Krishnaraaj Mahadik’s British F3 podium and more.
F1 German Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton charged his way up from 14th on the grid to win Sunday’s German Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s win was made possible by a crash by championship challenger Sebastian Vettel, who lost control of his Ferrari while leading the race in tricky wet conditions on slick tyres.
Valtteri Bottas finished second after being instructed to hold position after the late-race safety car, while Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium spots.
Force India secured a double points result with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
Both drivers elected to stay out during the SC and gained track position over rivals, with the resultant gains allowing the Indian outfit to come level on points with Haas in the constructors’ standings.
Sherco TVS (Baja Aragon)
Photo by: TVS Racing
Michael Metge gave Sherco TVS its first Baja Aragon win, with teammate and brother Adrien Metge making it two riders from the Indo-French team on the podium.
Hero’s CS Santosh finished 14th, while Aishwarya Pissay suffered a huge crash on the final day and was thus forced to retire from her first international event.
Krishnaraaj Mahadik (British F3, Spa-Francorchamps)
Photo by: BRDC British F3
Krishnaraaj Mahadik scored his second podium finish of the 2018 British F3 season at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit last weekend.
After qualifying ninth on the grid for Race 1, Mahadik made a rocketing start to move up to fourth by the end of lap 1.
Midway through the race he managed to pass Manuel Maldonado to grab the final spot on the rostrum.
He finished sixth and eighth in Race 2 and 3 respectively to consolidate fifth place in the standings.
Kush Maini (British F3, Spa-Francorchamps)
Photo by: BRDC British F3
Kush Maini, by contrast, had a much difficult weekend to his countrymate Mahadik.
With seventh, 10th and 11th in the three races, he could only add 31 points to his tally and drifted away from championship leader Linus Lundqvist and second-placed Nicolai Kjaergaard in the battle for the title.
Aditya Patel (Blancpain GT Asia, Japan)
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Aditya Patel secured a best result of 10th in the Fuji (Japan) round of the Blancpain GT Asia series.
The Audi-backed racer was driving a R8 LMS GT3 for OD Racing alongside Australian teammate Mitch Gilbert.
Akhil Rabindra (GT4 European Series, Spa-Francorchamps)
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Akhil Rabindra finished 17th and 34th over the two races during the Spa-Francorchamps round of GT4 European series.
He was driving a BMW M4 GT4 for 3Y Technology alongside former Le Mans driver Stephane Lemeret.
MRF F1600, Chennai
Photo by: Anand Philar
After a clean sweep by Ashwin Datta in Coimbatore, three different drivers won the MRF F1600 races in Chennai.
Sandeep Kumar triumphed in Race 1, while Goutham Parekh survived an attritional Race 2 to take the winning honours.
Raghul Rangasamy brought the weekend to a close with his first win in the category.
Volkswagen Ameo Cup, Chennai
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There were no repeat winners in the Chennai round of Volkswagen Ameo Cup either, with Jeet Jhabakh, Saurav Bandyopadhyay and Dhruv Mohite sharing the spoils.
Mohite retired from the Race 2 with technical problems, but bounced from the issues to win the final race of the weekend and keep his championship lead intact.
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