Stage set for grand finale of JK Tyre National Racing
Chennai: The drivers and their machines will be in familiar territory when they line up for the sixth and final round of 14th JK Tyre National Racing Championship 2011 at the MMST track in Sriperumbudur near here this weekend.
The final was originally supposed to be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, which was to be staged alongside the concluding round of the FIA-accredited JK Racing Asia Series.
But for reasons beyond the control of sponsors and organisers, the finale was relocated to Sriperumbudur, leading to some disappointment.
"It is obviously a bit disappointing, but the show must go on and thankfully we have been able to move back to the MMST track," said Sanjay Sharma, Head, Motorsports Division, JK Tyre & Industries Limited.
"We would have loved to stage the JK Tyre National Racing Championship along with the JK Racing Asia Series so that some of our drivers could catch the eye of talent scouts," he added.
The intense competition for the drivers` championship in the Formula LGB Swift class has gone down to the wire with just five points separating Mars Racing team-mates R Deepak and Ameya Walawalkar in the charts.
Mumbai`s Walawalkar, who has won five of the 10 races so far, will be looking to claim the crown.
In the Indian Touring Cars class, Coimbatore`s V Rajvirdhan (Prime Racing) has got his nose ahead so far and only a totally disastrous weekend coupled with two wins from N Leelakrishnan (Rad Racing) can stop him from clinching the title.
It will be interesting to see if he can stop Leelakrishnan, who took the checkered flag in both races last month, from winning again.
Meanwhile, competition is keen in the Indian Junior Touring Cars category.
Diljit Shaji (LCT Sigaram Sports) is 41 points ahead of second-placed B. Bala Vijay (MotoRev India), who is still in with a chance with full 50 points up for grabs over the two races over the weekend.
In the Polo R Cup, being run along with the JK Tyre National Racing Championship, Chennai lad Vishnu Vardhan holds a five-point lead over Mumbaikar Rahil Noorani and that should set the stage for a weekend of keen racing.
With Oshan Kothadiya (Pune) and Avdumber Hede (Goa) very much in the running for the title, there will be enormous interest in the qualifying races too.