Tough task for Ashwin Sundar

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010, 21:10 PM IST

Chennai: Indian racing sensation Ashwin
Sundar will have a tough task in hand when he starts at the
the third and final leg of MRF Festival of Speed Challenge
2010 domestic event on Sunday.

At the end of two legs, Ashwin, driving for Narain
Karthikeyan`s Speed Racing Team, has 36 points with three wins
and a third spot. But Premier Racings` Amer Beg of Hyderabad
has proved consistent, finishing runner-up in all four races
so far with a tally of 32 points.

With two more races to be go in the Formula 1600 cc
category, Ashwin has to hold on to his tag as favourite if he
hopes to win the Championship driver title.

But a mix-up like last weekend where he went off the
track would mean Amer Beg gains the initiative for the title.

The Driver`s title carries a trophy and a cash prize of
Rs five lakh. The total prize money on offer in this category
is a whopping Rs 14 lakh.

In the Super Saloon category (cc to weight), 22-year-old
Sailesh Bolisetti, a second year engineering student from
Visag, representing Radha Selvaraj Racing team, has won all
four races so far and has 40 points to his credit.

Bolisetti, on his debut, would be richer by Rs 2.48 lakh
if he wins the overall title. He is followed by Coimbatore`s
Nithin S Ravindran (32 pts) and Chennai lad Bhuvaraghavan (Rad
Racing?16 pts) in second and third spots repectively. However, the Racing Star Cup (cc to weight category) has
witnessed a series of protests for using non-homologated parts
by about five drivers.

In the first leg (two races), four drivers jointly
protested against B Balavijay`s car over the "suspension."
After Balavijay`s protest against these four cars after the
first race in the second leg, organisers impounded the four
cars and released them for the second race, after which
scrutiny was conducted.

Based on scrutiny reports of all six cars involved in the
protests for four races, the cars of both Balavijay and
Mumbai`s Mohd S Fahad were not found in order and eliminated
from the four races and the points were withdrawn.

The remaining four cars -- S Sujay, Shravan Reddy, Deepak
Paul Chinappa and Prithveen Rajan ?- were found in order with
the regulated conformity and cleared.

Thus, the revised order of placing after four races are
Vignesh (25pts) of Coimbatore, Sujay (22pts) and Prithveen
Rajan (19 pts).

In the two-wheeler categories, there were no protests and
David Jones, with four wins in as many races is hot favourite
for the overall title.

The prize-money break-up is as follows: Formula 1600: Rs
14 lakh, including Rs five lakh for championship winner.

Super saloons and racing star cup (CC to weight class)
Rs 2,48,000 each.

Bikes: Rs 3.5 lakh (600cc-Foreigners), Rs 2.48 lakh
(600cc-Indian bikes); Rs two lakh each for Underbone, Group D
(165cc) and Group C (165cc).