Chennai II MRF F1600: Tharani wins opening race with ease

Defending champion Karthik Tharani took a comfortable victory in the opening race of the second round of MRF F1600 in Chennai, having started from the second on the grid.

Chennai II MRF F1600: Tharani wins opening race with ease
Anindith Reddy
Goutham Parekh
Arjun Narendran
Vikash Anand
Karthik Tharani
Arjun Narendran
Anshul Shah

Tharani got a better getaway than pole sitter Vikash Anand, but was unable to dive down the inside at turn 1.

However, by the end of the first lap, the Chennai-born driver had his way, passing Anand to take lead, also clocking the fastest lap of 1m41.035s.

After a brief safety car period, Tharani extended his advantage at the front of the pack, eventually winning the race by 1.708s.

Meanwhile, Anand held on to second position despite being pressurised in the early stages by Raghul Rangasamy.

Further back, Sandeep Kumar was classified fourth, ahead of two-time ITC champion Arjun Narendran.

Lee Keshav was classified sixth, ahead of Tejas Ram, who made in-roads during the latter part of the race.

Eighth in the timesheets was Chetan Korada, with Brad Dias and Anshul Shah completing the top 10.

Anindith Reddy and Goutham Parekh tangled on the opening lap which inflicted the safety car. Parekh retired immediately while Reddy was able to continue; he finished a disappointing 12th.

Race 1 Results:

Pos.

Driver

Time/Gap

1

Karthik Tharani

-

2

Vikash Anand

1.708

3

Raghul Rangasamy

6.810

4

Sandeep Kumar

7.056

5

Arjun Narendran

8.058

6

Lee Keshav

9.613

7

Tejas Ram

14.262

8

Chetan Korada

20.291

9

Brad Dias

28.355

10

Anshul Shah

29.394

11

Jai Sampath

30.197

12

Anindith Reddy

44.480

13

Vibhav Kumar

1 lap

DNF

Goutham Parekh

 

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