Coimbatore: Akhil Rabindra, Vishnu Prasad and Sailesh Bolisetti won races in the JK Racing India Series, Formula LGB 4 and Volkswagon Vento Cup respectively, at the first round of the 18th J K Tyre Racing Championship, which began here on Saturday.
This year, 60 rookies and seasoned drivers are competing against each other for the coveted title.
Chennai lad Vishnu (Team Meco Racing) took the chequered flag, followed by Ajay Kini from Chennai (Team Dark Don Racing who finished second. Rohit Khanna from delhi, who had started from 10th place, finished third.
Vishnu continued his dominance in the second race as well. The surprise element was Raghul Rangaswamy from Chennai (Meco Racing) who leaped ahead from fourth place and finished second. Karthik Shankar from New Delhi representing AM Avalanche Racing finished third.
Race 1 of the JK Racing India Series had 11 Indian and two international race drivers scorched the track in the powerful JKFB02 cars. Akhil Rabindra from Bangalore who started from pole proved a serious contender and maintained his lead throughout the 15 laps race.
It was a fight for the second position as Dhruv Mohite who started from fourth place raced past other drivers and finished second.
Making a shift from the Polo series, the Volkswagen Vento Cup put up a fantastic ride along the track. The 22 driver grid showcased an action packed race day with experienced Sailesh Bolisetti from Vishakhapatnam dominating the 15 laps and taking the chequered flag.
Finishing second was Anindith Reddy Konda from Hyderabad and Karminder Singh from Delhi finished third.
Provisional results (Total time): Formula LGB 4 Race 1 (15 laps) Vishnu Prasad?19.32.3, Ajay Kini?19:37. 4, Rohit Khanna?19:38.3 Race 2 (15 laps) Vishnu Prasad ? 21:20.133, Raghul Rangswamy ? 21:20.479 Karthik Shankar - 21:21.080 JK Racing India Series: Race 1 (15 laps) :Akhil Rabindra ? 17:24:324 Dhruv Mohite ? 17:24:641, Vishnu Prasad ? 17:25.205 JK Tyre- Volkswagen Vento Cup (15 laps): Sailesh Bolisetti, Anindith Reddy Konda Karminder Singh.