Ruhaan repeats the feat, heads the Junior category at the National Karting Championship X 30 class
The Bengaluru boy kept his lead intact with an almost perfect weekend, with a host of flag-to-pole wins, while at the same time setting back-to-back fastest laps
After a stellar show in the first two rounds of the Meco FMSCI National Karting Championship X 30 class last weekend, Bengaluru's Ruhaan Alva showed strong form this time around also, snatching the top spot in all but two races the entire weekend. And as before, he qualified at the head of the grid for both the rounds, and consistently set fastest laptimes.
In the Cadet class, Bengaluru's Ishaan Madesh stamped his authority in Round 3, winning all four races, and came in second in only one race in Round 4, while setting fastest laptimes all weekend long. Pune's Arafath Sheikh, who came in third overall in the first two rounds of the championship held last week, seemed to be struggling this time around. He came in fifth in the first race on Saturday, climbing to third in the second race, but then narrowly missed the podium in the next two races.
Finally, in the senior class, it was a veritable toss-up between Chennai's Nirmal Umashankar and Coimbatore's Suriya Varathan, with the two jostling for the first place all weekend long. Besides, the compettion did not seem to end at only the top spot, with Coimbatore's Bala Prasath and Bengaluru's Rishon Rajeev giving in their best performances as well, the former setting a fastest laptime (round 3, race 4), while the latter not only setting more than one fastest time (round 4, races 2 and 3), but also scored the victory in the second race on Sunday.
Below are the class-wise results of both rounds:
At the end of the fourth round, the Junior class was dominated by the Bengaluru boys. Ruhaan Alva was leading with 150 points, missing the perfect 160 courtesy a second-place finish in race 2 of round 4, while Rohaan Madesh was in the second spot with 109 points, followed by Akshat Misra with 71 points.
Next, Ishaan Madesh was leading the Cadet class with an overall 140-point tally, followed by Sai Shiva Makesh with 112 points, and Anshul Sai with 88 points. Additionally, it was a less-than-ideal weekend for Pune's Arafath Sheikh. Currently at fourth place in the overall standings with 76 points, his third-place finish in race 2 of the third round was his best showing of the weekend.
Lastly, the Senior class had Coimbatore's Suriya Varathan emerging on top with a combined 138-point score continuing his lead from the first two rounds, followed by Chennai's Nirmal Umashankar, bumped up to second place with 111 points and Coimbatore's Bala Prasath coming in third with 85 points.
All eyes are now on the final round, scheduled for November 21 and 22, as usual at the Meco Kartopia in Bengaluru.