Tharani happy to come out victorious after a gripping Race 2
The MRF 1600 leader Karthik Tharani had to fight hard to keep his place from rival Goutham Parekh under conditions far from ideal at Coimbatore in the third round.
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Parekh couldn’t sweep wins at the Kari Motor Speedway losing out to Tharani in race two in a rain-affected race.
Tharani after having a tough race one came back handsomely to win the final race of the weekend to still lead the championship by just one point.
“Qualifying was really bad and it meant, I spent the rest of the weekend catching up. Race 1 was good and third was the best I could do and so am happy with that,” Tharani said after the race.
“In Race 2, I had a great start and after that it was tough with the conditions being so tricky. I knew, we had the pace in the wet so am thrilled with this win,” he concluded.
On the other hand, championship rival Parekh was happy with his weekend. “Race 1 was a lot of fun and I was really enjoying myself out there. The grip levels were good on the wet weather tyres,” he said.
“In Race 2, I had a very bad start and it took some time to get my rhythm again. It was a great battle with Arjun [Narendran] and Karthik [Tharani].
“Maybe, if I had one more lap, I could have tried for the win,” the Bangalore-based driver concluded.
Tharani holds Parekh to win a thrilling Race 2
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