Chittesh, Kush set course alight

Kolhapur’s Chittesh Mandody and Bengaluru lads Kush Maini and Yash Aradhya set the V-1 Track alight by dominating the heats to take pole positions in the fifth and concluding round of the 11th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Karting Championship here on Saturday. 

Aradhya of MECO Racing, heading the Micro Max leaderboard, put in a fine performance to win both the Heats and qualify for pole position ahead of fellow-Bengalureans and team-mates Arjun S Nair and Paul Francis.

Mandody (Mohite’s Racing), lying tied third in the Senior Max category championship, all but destroyed the field to win both the heats in a commanding fashion to qualify for pole position.

Maini of Dark Don Racing, aided by pain-killers, braved a sprained muscle on his right arm following a crash during Friday’s practice and also dominated the two Heats in the Junior Max category where he is trailing championship leader and fellow-Bengalurean Ricky Donison by four points.

Provisional grids for Pre-Finals (top 3): Micro Max: Yash Aradhya (MECO Racing) 1; Arjun S Nair (MECO Racing) 2; Paul Francis (MECO Racing) 3.

Junior Max: Kush Maini (Dark Don Racing) 1, Ricky Donison (BPC Racing ) 2; Aaroh Ravindra (Rayo Racing) 3; Senior Max: Chittesh Mandody (Mohite’s Racing) 1; Ameya Bafna (Rayo Racing) 2; Dhruv Mohite (Mohite’s Racing) 3.

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