Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee and Hyderabad’s Anindith Reddy scorched the track on the opening day of the second round at the National Racing Championship here on Saturday.
Nayan and Anindith won one race each in the highly competitive Euro JK 17 category. Kolhapur’s Chittesh Mandody, Joseph Matthew and Sri Lanka’s Jaden Gunawardena were the other victors of the day, comfortably winning the LGB Formula 4, Suzuki Gixxer Cup and Red Bull Road to Rookie Cup races respectively.
The Euro JK turned out to be a heart-stopper with the top five drivers locked in an intense battle. First round leader Vishnu Prasad began at the pole position and seemed to be in his element once again, building a comfortable lead up front.
He clocked the race’s fastest lap (1:01.218) and looked set for another win. But in Lap 6, Sandeep Kumar crashed and the safety car came out, leading to a dramatic turn of events.
It didn’t bother Vishnu as he held on to his lead, but Australia’s Ricky Capo found his opportunity behind him. As Nayan and Anindith tussled for supremacy, the Aussie racer jumped into the second position. He held on to it for his first podium finish in India.
It wasn’t meant to be Vishnu’s day though. In the penultimate lap, his engine suddenly stalled, and he could only watch helplessly as the field zoomed past him.
Nayan eventually notched his first victory while Anindith had to be happy with the third place on the podium.