Chennai IV MRF F1600: Tharani wins Race 1, Anand second after poor start

Defending champion Karthik Tharani won the opening race of the MRF F1600 title decider in Chennai, after pole sitter Vikash Anand got bogged down at the start.

Chennai IV MRF F1600: Tharani wins Race 1, Anand second after poor start
Vikash Anand
Raghul Rangasamy
Brad Dias
Karthik Tharani

Anand had a poor getaway from pole, dropping down to fourth as the field headed into Turn 1. The Chennai-born driver managed to claw back positions, eventually finishing second.

He, however, had little answer to Tharani who had already established a comfortable up front after taking the lead of the race.

This victory - Tharani’s first since the second round - puts him seven points clear of Anand in the standings with two races to go.

Behind, Rahul Rangasamy ran in second place for the first half of the race, but fell down the order as the clock ticked down, finishing fourth.

Anindith Reddy apparently made an error on  the second lap but recovered enough to take fifth at the chequered flag, dispatching Tejas Ram on the final tour.

Further back, Chetan Korada and Brad Dias finished seventh and eighth respectively, while Anshul Shah and Dhruv Dayal completed the top 10.

Race 1 results:

Pos

Driver

Time/Gap

1

Karthik Tharani

-

2

Vikash Anand

11.573s

3

Sandeep Kumar

15.774s

4

Raghul Rangasamy

16.769s

5

Anindith Reddy

26.972s

6

Tejas Ram

27.436s

7

Chetan Korada

37.773s

8

Brad Dias

38.104s

9

Anshul Shah

42.533s

10

Dhruv Dayal

1 lap

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