Ruhaan Alva does a clean sweep at the National Karting Championship X30 Class
The Bengaluru boy went about checking every box on the list to a truly remarkable race weekend
Bengaluru’s Ruhaan Alva veritably bulldozed the opposition in the Junior class of the MECO FMSCI National Karting Championship held at the Meco Kartopia in Bengaluru over the weekend. In a league of his own, he qualified at the head of the grid for both rounds, grabbing successive pole-to-flag victories, and even setting fastest laps in all four races!
In the Cadet class, Ishaan Madesh dominated in the first round, after qualifying on pole. For the second round, however, despite once again qualifying at the top spot, he ended up DNF-ing in race 1 and finishing P6 on race two. However, two straight victories in the remaining two races ultimately rectified the situation.
Finally, in the Senior class, Arjun Nair qualified on pole in round 1, however it was Suriya Varathan who stole the show, winning the first, third and fourth races (Nirmal Umashankar won race 2). Nair, for his part, had to make do with a P2 finish in the first and third races, P3 in the second race, and a P4 finish in the final race. Varathan then qualified on pole for the next round, and was able to win the first two races. However, his luck seemed to did falter a bit, leading to a P3 finish in the third race and P2 finish in the final race.
Below are the class-wise results of both rounds:
Speaking about the overall standings, at the end of the weekend, the Junior class was, as mentioned, dominated by Ruhaan Alva, who scored a perfect 40 points in both rounds to net a total of 80 points in his kitty, followed by Rohaan Madesh (with 56 points) and Akshat Misra (39 points).
Next, the Cadet class had Ishaan Madesh at the top, with a combined 63 points (courtesy the perfect score in round 1). Coming in second was Sai Shiva Makesh with 54 points, while Pune's Arafath Sheikh, who came in second in round 2, was at third place overall, with 42 points.
Finally, in the Senior class, it was Suriya Varathan in the lead, with a total tally of 70 points, while Bengaluru's Arjun Nair was in the second spot with 55 points, while Chennai's Nirmal Umashakar was third, with 51 points..
Nevertheless, motorsport always has a massive number of variables at play, with no real way of telling how the tide may turn. All we can do, then, is to keep a keen eye on the proceedings, in this case with the next two rounds (3 and 4) set for the first weekend of November.