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Where are Indians racing this weekend (August 4-6)

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An Indian manufacturer and five Indian driver will blaze the international tracks, while several races will also be held within the country on the weekend of August 4-6.

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Mahindra (Moto3 Czech Republic)

Mahindra (Moto3 Czech Republic)
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Mahindra will be back in action in the Czech Republic for the start of the second half of the Moto3 season.

Albert Arenas will return to the Mahindra Aspar squad after missing the last three races due to an injury. He will be joined by incumbent Lorenzo Dalla Porta.

The Brno Circuit brought much delight for Mahindra’s sister brand Peugeot last year, with John McPhee finishing on the top step of the podium. However, given how Mahindra’s pace has dwindled this year, a repeat of that result is highly unlikely.

Moreover, the Indian manufacturer is not expected to bring any major upgrades to the MGP30 bike following their decision to pull out of Moto3 at the end of the year.

That said, they can still sign off from the series with a strong haul of points in the coming races.

Akash Gowda (Japanese F4 Sugo)

Akash Gowda (Japanese F4 Sugo)
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Akash Gowda will compete in this weekend’s Sugo Japanese F4 round, which will run as a support event to the Super GT.

While Gowda’s results in Formula 4 SEA were highly impressive, he has struggled to establish his foothold in the equivalent Japanese championship. In fact, four rounds into the season, he is yet to score a point.

Hence, the Bangalore-based driver - who is mentored by Indian sportscar ace Armaan Ebrahim - will be looking to open his points account at the 3.7 km circuit this weekend.

Ishaan Dodhiwala (Volkswagen Polo Cup China)

Ishaan Dodhiwala (Volkswagen Polo Cup China)
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Ishaan Dodhiwala will make a one-off appearance in the Volkswagen Polo Cup in China as a reward for winning last year's Vento Cup title. Despite no previous experience of the Shanghai International Circuit, Dodhiwala got off to a good start in practice on Thursday. It would be interesting to see how he fares in the races over the weekend.

Mahaveer Raghunathan (BOSS GP)

Mahaveer Raghunathan (BOSS GP)
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Mahaveer Raghunathan will continue his campaign in the BOSS GP - a unique championship that features cars from various racing categories. Following his maiden win in Zolder, he heads to Assen as the points leader in the Formula Class.

Mohammed Nalwalla (Mini Challenge UK)

Mohammed Nalwalla (Mini Challenge UK)
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Mohammed Nalwalla will race at the iconic Brands Hatch circuit, venue for this weekend's Mini Challenge round. Nalwalla is taking his time to make his transition to touring cars, having driven in single-seaters until this year. He currently sits 15th in the standings with a best result of ninth.

Akhil Rabindra (British GT Brands Hatch)

Akhil Rabindra (British GT Brands Hatch)
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Another single-seater convert Akhil Rabindra will continue his learning curve in sportscar racing in the penultimate round of British GT. Considering it is his rookie year, Rabindra has performed admirably so far in the #59 McLaren 540S. He is currently sixth in the GT4 Silver Cup standings, with a grand total of 95.5 points.

Krishnaraaj Mahadik (British F3 Brands Hatch)

Krishnaraaj Mahadik (British F3 Brands Hatch)
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Krishnaraaj Mahadik will return to British F3, joining the list of Indians competing in various categories at Brands Hatch. It will be the first race of the year for Mahadik, who has been away from the spotlight since last year's season finale at Donington Park.

JK Tyre National Racing Championship (Coimbatore)

JK Tyre National Racing Championship (Coimbatore)
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The 20th season of JK Tyre National Racing Championship will resume at Coimbatore’s Kari Motor Speedway this weekend.

The first round of the season was dominated by three-time FB02 champion Vishnu Prasad, who swept all four races.

The Chennai-based driver will once again be in contention for victories, with Anindith Reddy and Nayan Chatterjee likely to make it a three-horse fight for the top spot.

National Motorcycle Championship (Chennai)

National Motorcycle Championship (Chennai)
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Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan

Chennai’s Madras Motor Race Track will be the venue of the third round of National Motorcycle Championship.

In the 165 cc category, Honda Ten10 Racing’s Rajiv Sethu and TVS Racing’s Jagan Kumar will be the two riders to watch out for.

As far as the 300-400 cc category is concerned, it would be interesting to see if if anyone can end Amarnath Menon’s winning spree. The Gusto Racing rider is yet to be beaten this season, having won four out of four races held so far.

In addition to the aforementioned classes, a separate all-women race will also be held - a new addition to the National Motorcycle Championship this year.

One-make bike championships (Chennai and Coimbatore)

One-make bike championships (Chennai and Coimbatore)
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Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan

Honda, TVS and Suzuka will all be hosting their one-make bike championships this weekend, albeit at two different venues.

Honda and TVS will have their races running in support to the National Motorcycle Championship in Chennai, while the Suzuki Gixxer Cup will take place concurrently to the JK Tyre Racing Championship in Coimbatore.

Honda and TVS will also have separate races for female riders in a bid to spur more competition from that particular sex.

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