Parekh takes the win in Race 1; Tharani third

Starting from third, championship contender Goutham Parekh took the winning honours in race one of the National Racing Championship's fourth round at Madras Motor Race Track.

Parekh takes the win in Race 1; Tharani third
Karthik Tharani
Goutham Parekh
Arjun Narendran
Sampath Kumar and CS Tejasram
Chetan Korada
Anshul Shah

Parekh got off to a great start as he quickly moved ahead of Arjun Narendran in the opening lap while race leader Karthik Tharani maintained his position.

Behind the leader, actor/racer Jai Sampath and Chetan Korada battled for fifth as they exchanged position for two laps; Korada managed to get back his fifth position.

There was drama though when both Tharani and Tejas Ram were handed a drive-through penalty for a jump start. As a result, both lost positions; Tharani dropped to fourth while Ram fell to eighth.

Up ahead, Parekh continued to go even faster and create a gap between him and Narendran as Tharani started the recovery process.

In the end, Parekh finished 7.664s ahead of Narendran while Tharani got back up to speed and overtook Korada on lap nine to claim the final podium slot.

Meanwhile, Ram too salvaged sixth after moving ahead of Anshul Shah and Niranjan Todkari on the penultimate lap.

Sampath finished fifth while Shah was seventh, Todkari eighth and Utkarsh Singh ninth.

The drivers had to manage tyres all through the race because of hot track temperatures as was the case yesterday.

Race two will take place in the afternoon starting 15:20 local time.

Pos Driver Time/Gap
1 Goutham Parekh 1:46.009
2 Arjun Narendran 7.664
3 Karthik Tharani 14.001
4 Chetan Korada 19.024
5 Jai Sampath 33.700
6 Tejas Ram 34.278
7 Anshul Shah 35.302
8 Niranjan Todkari 1:01.864
9 Utkarsh Singh 1 lap
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