Buddh MRF F1600: Shanmugam takes season's first pole

Ananth Shanmugam claimed pole position for the MRF F1600 season-opener in Greater Noida, beating Anindith Reddy in a close fight during qualifying.

Buddh MRF F1600: Shanmugam takes season's first pole

Shanmugam and Reddy were in a class of their own, trading the top spot for much of the session, following from their practice performance.

While Reddy was first to lay the benchmark, it was Shanmugam who eventually topped qualifying, taking pole position with a blistering laptime of 2m05.898s.

Reddy had to settle for second place after failing to replicate the Singapore-based driver’s final flyer. The Hyderabad-based driver lapped the circuit in 2m06.727s, eighth tenths down on Shanmugam’s pace.

Nayan Chatterjee ran near the back of the top two runners for much of qualifying, but a technical issue brought his session to an early halt.

Considering the troubles, the Mumbai-based driver was still lucky to qualify on the second row of the grid, ahead of seasoned racer Anshul Shah.

Alex Bora and Angad Matharoo were classified fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of  Chetan Korada, Vibhav Parkar and Antony George.

Reigning Volkswagen Vento Cup champion Ishaan Dodhiwala endured a troubled day with 10th, while Arya Singh crashed early on - an incident that led to a lengthy red flag period.

Qualifying Results:

Pos

Driver

Time

1

Ananth Shanmugam

2m05.898s

2

Anindith Reddy

2m06.727s

3

Nayan Chatterjee

2m08.199s

4

Anshul Shah

2m09.037s

5

Alex Bora

2m09.942s

6

Angad Matharoo

2m11.268s

7

Chetan Korada

2m12.151s

8

Vibhav Parker

2m19.616s

9

Antony George

2m23.074s

10

Ishaan Dodhiwala

3m34.146s

-

Arya Singh

-

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