Anish and Anfal win big in Round 2 of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup
The second round of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup took place at the Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore from November 20-21. The two races over the weekend treated us to some close fights between the riders. Anish Damodara Shetty finished first in Race 1 while a 30 second time penalty snatched his win in the second race and handed it to Anfal Akdhar.
In Race 1 of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup, it was a close fight till the finish line between Anish and Allwin Xavier. Anish and Allwin were fighting for the lead right up to the last lap. Anish took the lead in the last lap and held on to it till the finish – Allwin was in hot pursuit but some debris at the Micky Mouse corner threw Allwin off his game, and this allowed Anish to finish ahead of him. Anfal Akdhar finished five seconds behind the two in third.“It was a 10-lap race and I had to conserve the tyres and the brakes. So, I had to stay a little calm initially,” said Anish after the race. But he finished things off in style.
Race 2 was filled with a lot of incidents. Lokesh V had a major crash due to which the race had to be red flagged and the rider had to be given medical attention. After the restart, Anfal was in the lead and stayed there. A poor start from Anish dropped him down the order but he recovered quickly and even managed to overtake for the lead on the last lap. However, the overtake was made under yellow flags and Anish was handed a 30 seconds time penalty, dropping him down the standings. Anfal Akdhar claimed the win, with Allwin Xavier in second and Raj Kumar in third.
The results are as follows:
Anish Damodara Shetty (Hubli) 13:54.772
Allwin Xavier (Thrissur) 13:55.503
Anfal Akdhar (Thrissur) 14:00.130
1. Anfal Akdhar (Thrissur) 5:53.042
2. Allwin Xavier (Thrissur) 5:53.387
3. Raj Kumar (Coimbatore) 5:55.744
Allwin Xavier currently leads the championship with 32 points, with Anish Shetty’s error costing him – losing the championship lead, trailing Allwin by two points. Anfal Akdhar is now eight points behind Shetty having 22 points in the championship. Round 3 of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship will be held from December 3. For more news and updates from the world of Indian motorsports, stay tuned to evo India!