Chennai Vento Cup: Desouza dominates field in Race 1
Keith Desouza claimed his maiden Volkswagen Vento Cup in only his second championship weekend at Madras Motor Race Track.
Polesitter Niranjan Todkari started well at the start but lost the lead by Turn 7 as Desouza grabbed the opportunity in the opening stint.
The Indian Touring Car driver then maintained a sound gap to eventually take his maiden Vento Cup win with a massive lead of 4.880s
Behind the two, the positions kept changing but it was new championship leader Karminder Singh continuing his podium run to finish third.
Aditya Pawar was a lonely fourth with guest driver Sirish Chandran keeping his impressive run to complete the top five.
Ishan Dodhiwala's average weekend continued as he only managed sixth, thereby losing points to Singh in the title battle.
Chinese guest drivers He Xixi and Li Huiwei were seventh and eighth, the former was running third at one stage before losing out int the closing stages.
Jeet Jhabakh and Amit Mete completed the top 10.
Race 1 results:
|13||SREE VENKATA TEJA||10||1:18.230|
|15||ARFATH MOHAMMED||9||1 Lp.|
|16||ARUNSHOWRY VALLABHANENI||9||1 Lp.|
|17||ABHISHEK VAKIL||9||1 Lp.|
|18||KARTHIKEYA SINGHEE||8||2 Lp.|
|19||PRADEEP RAO||7||3 Lp.|
Chennai Vento Cup: Todkari clinches maiden pole
Chennai Vento Cup: Dodhiwala snatches win in last lap thriller