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A strong Italian F4 weekend for Akshay Bohra and Dion Gowda

Akshay Bohra and Dion Gowda end Round 2 of the Italian F4 Championship with a double podium finish in Race 1 and Race 2.

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Qualifying 1

Hiyu Yamakoshi took pole position in the first qualifying session of the Imola weekend ahead of Freddie Slater and Akshay Bohra, becoming the first Japanese driver to do so in the Italian F4 championship. Dion Gowda also showed a strong qualifying pace by setting a time good enough for the second row alongside Akshay Bohra.

Race 1

In the first lap of the race, multiple contacts were made, causing multiple drivers to retire from the race and the Safety car was out. On the safety car restart, Freddie Slater who had dominated round 1 in Misano, jumped from P2 to take the lead, overtaking poleman Yamakoshi. From there, Slater controlled the race until the end ahead of Hiyu Yamakoshi and Akshay. Unfortunately for Freddie Slater, He was excluded from the race which handed the victory to Hiyu Yamakoshi, Akkshay Bohra was promoted to P2, and Dion Gowda was promoted on the final step of the podium. However, Freddie has appealed the decision that excluded him from Race 1.

Credits: ACI Sport

Race 2

The second race of the weekend saw Hiyu Yamakoshi, who started on pole position and successfully converted it into a race win and also took the lead in the championship. Australian driver Jack Beeton, who started from P2, initially held his position but was overtaken by his teammate Akshay Bohra. Bohra secured P2, matching his result from the previous day, until the end. The overtaking maneuver was highly spectacular, with Beeton ending up in the gravel but skillfully managing to stay in the race. However, Beeton, in third place, was targeted by Freddie Slater, who engaged in a fierce battle. A contact between the two at Tosa in the final stages once again shook up the race standings. Dion Gowda ultimately crossed the finish line in third. Gowda, incredibly fast throughout the whole weekend, drove an impeccable race, starting from the seventh spot on the grid to secure his second podium of the season.

Credits: ACI Sport

Qualifying 2

In the second qualifying session, Yamakoshi put on a show by stringing together perfect laps that earned him the remaining two pole positions available. The Japanese driver, with 1’44.831, was the only driver to lap under 1 minute and 45 seconds. Over 3 tenths separated him from P2, Australian Beeton with a gap of 0.346, who will join him on the front row. Third was Akshay Bohra, with a gap of 0.353 (only 7 thousandths from Beeton), in a qualifying session that, apart from Yamakoshi’s exceptional performance, saw all the other drivers vying for positions by mere thousandths. P4 went to Alex Powell with a gap of 0.364, followed by teammate Slater at 0.381. Sixth was US Racing’s Australian Gianmarco Pradel with a gap of 0.436, followed by Gowda at 0.443.

The grid for Race 3 was thus decided by the second-best time set by the drivers over the two sessions. Once again, the advantage was taken once again by Yamakoshi, who lapped at 1’45.125 in the second qualifying session. He will again be joined on the front row by Beeton at 0.077. Starting behind them will be Freddie Slater at 0.094 and Rehm at 0.219. Fifth place went to Nakamura Berta with a gap of 0.236, followed by Powell at 0.237, then Bohra at 0.253. The eighth-best second lap was set by Stolcermanis at 0.262, followed by Francot at 0.314, while Ferreira rounded out the top 10 with 0.349.

Credits: ACI Sport

Race 3

The final race of Round 2 of the Italian F4 Championship had a threat of heavy rain which prompted Race Control to declare it a ‘wet race’ in advance, Thankfully the track was dry come Sunday afternoon. Race 3 saw the return of Freddie Slater on the top step of the podium after the race leader Hiyu Yamakoshi who led for the majority of the race, damaged his front wing in Variante Alta with just 2 laps to go and was shown the ‘Black and orange’, forcing him to pit and drop down to P27. Jack Beeton finished in P2 ahead of Maxim Rehm who took the final spot on the podium. Akshay Bohra finished the race in P5 after finishing twice on the podium in P2 during the weekend, and ended with a haul of 46 points, securing third place in the drivers’ standings. Although Dion Gowda narrowly missed out on a points finish after finishing P11, He was promoted to P10 after the Dutch driver Reno Francot was penalized for his incident with Rashid Al Dhaheri.

Credits: ACI Sport

Championship Standings

Freddie Slater has regained the championship lead after Hiyu Yamakoshi failed to achieve a points finish in the final race of the weekend and now dropped to P2 in the standings. After a consistent Round 1 and a strong Round 2 for Akshay Bohra, he now sits P3 in the standing, 27 points a drift from the leader. Thanks to a strong round 2 weekend for Dion Gowda, He is currently P6 in the championship with 38 points.

Credits: ACI Sport

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The Italian F4 Championship will head to Vallelunga Circuit on 14–16 June for Round 3 of the championship

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Indian National Car Racing Championship 2024 returns for Round 3

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Biren Pithawalla in Round 2; credits-Anand Philar

The ever-electrifying Indian National car racing championship are about to set up their tents at the Madras International circuit in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The MRF 4W National Racing championship will be held across 8 categories, with 13 races and 71 entrants. With a lot to cover and many talents to look forward to, here is DRC’s preview for the weekend.

Polo Cup debuts alongside other touring car categories

Making its debut this weekend in the INCRC is the Polo Cup. This cup will have a 10 car grid with 4 races scheduled. In the 3 of these races, the Polo cup drivers will be sharing the grid with MRF Saloon category. The drivers to keep an eye out in Polo Cup will be Aditya Patnaik. He is the 2023 National karting champion from Mumbai, with whom we have partnered with.

The other drivers to look out for include Romir Arya from mumbai. He also has had some success at national level in karting.

In MRF saloons, Pune’s  Diana Pundole will be unmissable on track. She leads the championship after winning 2 of the three races held in Round 1.

Amongst the other touring car categories are the Indian Touring Cars, Super Stock and Indian Junior Touring Cars. They will be racing in a combined grid fashion. In the ITC class, Biren Pithawalla of N1 Racing has been dominant as he won all the four races held in 2024.

In the IJTC class, Srinivas Teja has won at 3 out of a possible 4 times.

Click here to read the recap for Round 2 of the INCRC.

For the Super Stock class, however, Redline Racing’s Anirudha Aravind and Balaprasath of DTS Racing are locked in a close fight.

Single seater classes back in action

Another highlight of this weekend’s action will be pleothora of action in the single seater category. Racing this weekend will be the F2000, F1600 and the LGB1300 classes. In the F2000 and F1600 categories, Jaden Rahman Pariat (17) and Abhay Mohan (16) have absolutely dominated.

Jaden Rahman Pariat, MRF F2000; credits-Anand Philar

Jaden Rahman from Shillong has won 5 out of the six races held in the F2000 category. Meanwhile, Abhay Mohan of Bengaluru is unbeaten in 6 races held in the F1600 category.

In the LGB1300 category,  Viswas Viayaraj has had 4 wins and 2 second place finishes. His rival Balaprasath of DTS Racing closely follows him with 1 win, 2 second place finishes and 3 P3s.

Indian oil becomes official fuel partner of Indian National Car Racing Championship

Indian oil has come forward in supporting the Indian Motorsports scene. They have become official fuel partners for the championship and will provide specialy created racing fuel, STORM-X for the race cars.

Click here to read the press release by Indian oil.

Apart from Indian oil, MRF Ltd. have also extended their long standing commitment to Indian motorsports by becoming the Title contenders of the championship for another decade.

Here is the quote from Vicky Chandhok, Chairman of the event-

“Even as we welcome back the competitors for Round-3 of the National Championship, the MMSC is pleased that Indian Oil has come on board as the official fuel partner and will supply high-octane petrol, STORM-X, specifically curated for racing cars and which enhances their performance. And with MRF Ltd continuing to extend their support for the next decade as title sponsors, the championship is set up nicely for an exciting weekend and season.”

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Arjun Kapoor named ‘New owner’ of the Speed Demons Delhi team

Actor Arjun Kapoor has just been named as the new owner of Indian Racing League and Formula 4 India’s Speed Demons Delhi squad.

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Speed Demons Delhi, the team participating in Indian Racing League and Formula 4 India has announced the arrival of actor Arjun Kapoor as their new team owner under a multi-year agreement.

Ever since I was a young kid I’ve always been interested in cars and motorsports, and Delhi’s love for racing is clear. The Indian Racing Festival, along with our Delhi team, is a great opportunity for young racers and fans. I believe we can discover and support talent that could represent India internationally, making motorsports more popular here.

Arjun Kapoor, owner of the Delhi team at the Indian Racing Festival, shared his excitement

With Arjun Kapoor’s presence the Speed Demons Delhi franchise in the Indian Racing Festival is poised to make a significant impact. Arjun Kapoor’s personal passion for motorsports not only aligns perfectly with our objective but also serves as a powerful catalyst to enhance it. His involvement will authentically resonate with enthusiasts, bringing a fresh wave of excitement and engagement to the sport and helping us captivate and inspire a growing community of motorsport aficionados nationwide,”

remarked Akhilesh Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of RPPL

For starters, Indian Racing League(IRL) and Formula 4 India championships are organized by ‘Racing Promotions Pvt Limited(RPPL)’ under a combined event called the ‘Indian Racing Festival’. This year, season kick starts with the Pre-Season testing on the 21st and 22nd of August, while Round 1 commences at the Madras International Circuit on the 24th of August.

The Team – Speed Demons Delhi

Speed Demons Delhi was part of the Indian Racing League since the beginning the league in 2022. They have also took part in the inaugural Formula 4 Indian Championship last year. The teams performance was very underwhelming in both their campaigns as they finished last in the teams’ championship.

However, in 2023 Bangalore Speedsters proved that a lot can change from one season to the other after they have won the Teams’ championship in 2023, a remarkable work done by the team who finished 5th in the previous year.

Speed Demons Delhi is still yet to announce their driver line-up for the 2024 season, it is expected that an announcement will be made in the due course.

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Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship returns for Round 2

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Sarthak Chavan; credits-Anand Philar

For the second round of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship, we visit the famous Madras International Circuit. Every racing opportunity is a possible showcase event for these young prospects, and in Chennai, it was no different from 4-7 July. Here is DRC’s report from the weekend.

Friday : battle for the starting positions

Qualifying for the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship ensued on friday in spectacular fashion. This weekend was the first time that the Pro Stock 301-400cc bikes were using slick tires. Hence, extra practice time was given to them.

Come the end of the 15 minute long qualifying session, it was Sarthak (1:49:383) who took the honours in the Pro Stock 301-400cc class by mere 0.043 seconds over Chiranth Vishwanath (01:49.426). KY Ahamed posted a time of 01:51.032 to come in P3.

Sarthak and Chiranth were reversed on the timesheets in the Pro-Stock 165cc Open category. Chiranth Vishwanath (01:54.388) snatched P1 from Sarthak (01:54.483) by just 0.093 seconds. Multiple National champion Jagan Kumar (01:55.580) came in P3.

Chiranth Vishwanath (TVS Racing); credits – Anand Philar

In the Girls (Stock 165cc) category, Ann Jennifer (Alpha Racing India) went P1 with a time of 2:08:213. Ryhana Bee (Motul Sparks Racing)(02:09.070) followed her in P2 and Nadine Faith Balaji (Alpha Racing India, 02:09.864)) completed the top 3. Round 1 winner Rakshitha Dave could only manage P5 due to a issue with her bike.

Ann Jennifer took pole in the Girls stock 165cc category; image- Anand Philar

Abdul Basim (Rockers Racing(02:06.793)) took pole in the Novice (Stock 165cc) category. However he ended the session with a crash as he came down on the exit of the bridge complex. He walked away with just bruises, meaning he starts the race from P1 on Saturday. In P2 was Mysuru’s Tasmai Cariappa (Motul Sparks Racing(02:09.292)) followed by his teammate Lal Nunsanga from Mizoram.

Abdul Basim took pole in the Novice Stock 165 cc category; image-Anand Philar

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Mohsin Paramban(01:51.451) qualified in P1 in NSF 250R category, followed closely by AS James (01:51.941) and Prakash Kamat (01:52.206). Round 1 winner Rakshith Dave missed this weekend for his commitment in the Honda Talent Cup in Thailand.

TVS One Make championship

In the TVS One make championship, Senthilkumar C (01:55.616) came in P1 in Open (Apache RR 310) category from V Lokesh (01:57.299) and Raj Kumar C (01:57.762).

In the Rookie (RTR 200) class, it was the Round 1 winner, Harshith V Bogar (2:10:975) who took pole. CS Kedarnath (02:12.133) from Tirupati and Thrissur’s Saranjit Singh (02:15.265) follwed to complete the top 3.

For the Girls (Apache RTR 200) qualifying session, Sarah Khan (02:14.227) took the P1 honours from V Aisvariya (02:16.120) and aimah Ajaz Baig (02:16.437).

In the TVS Electric RTE category, Sarthak Chavan posted a 1:49:524 to go at te top. Chiranth Vishwanath (01:50.578) came in P2 while Alwin Sundar was third in 01:51.748.

Saturday – Sarthak Chavan does the double

Sarthak Chavan, the 17 year-old from Pune was the man of the moment as he won in both Pro Stock 301-400cc class and Pro Stock 165cc class. He won the former with a lead of nearly 7 seconds. For the latter, however, he had to fight.

Sarthak Chavan won in both the Pro Stock races on Saturday; credits-Anand Philar

He got on the back of his teammaes to catch double slip streaming at Turn 8 on the Last Lap, eventually finishing the race in 1st. He also won the fastest lap of the day across all categories from Indian Oil.

Chiranth Vishwanath, his nearest rival, faced some issues with his bike to finish in P7. The Podium was completed by fellow TVS riders, KY Ahamed and Deepak Ravikumar.

The Novice (Stock) 165cc class was won by Abdul Basim (Rockers Racing), while Jagathishree Kumaresan (One Racing) scored her maiden win in the Girls (Stock 165cc) category. The Novice (Stock) 301-400cc category was won by Kaushik Subbaiah Ganesan (RACR Castrol Power1 Ultimate).

Kaushik Subbaiah Ganesan (25) won in the Novice (Stock) 301-400 cc category; image-Anand Philar

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Mohsin Paramban won the NSF 250R race in his maiden wi of the season, followed home by Prakash Kamat and AS James in 2nd and 3rd.

TVS One-Make Championship

Senthilkumar C won again in the Open (Apache RR310) category from Manoj Yesuadian from Chennai and Jayanth P from Chennai as well.

In the Girl (Apache RTR 200) class, Saimah Ajaz Baig came home in P1 from SP Shuria of Coimbatore andd Sarah Khan of Mumbai.

For the Rookie (RTR 200) class, Harshith V Bogar completed a hatrick of wins. P2 went to CS Kedarnath and Akarsh Jangam took home P3.

Sunday – Too close for comfort

Sunday’s Pro(Stock) 165 cc race became very close towards its end. 10 time National Motorcycle Racing Championship winner Jagan Kumar and 17 year-old Sarthak Chavan crossed the finish line at the exact same time, something known as a dead heat finish. Ultimately, Jagan Kumar was given the win as he had the fastest lap of the race.

Jagan Kumar (P1,center), Sarthak Chavan (P2, Left) and Deepak Ravikumar (P3, Right); image-Anand Philar

This meant that Sarthak couldn’t replicate his Saturday heroics. He still won in the Pro (Stock) 301-400cc category. Chiranth Vishwanath lost the lead when he missed a gear on the back sweep at the last lap. This meant that Chavan narrowly swept into the lead for a close finish.

In the Girls (Stock) 165cc category, Jagathishree Kumaresan swept the weekend as she came home 1st, followed by Ryhana Bee and Ann Jennifer.

Jagathishree Kumaresan(03) won in the Girls (Stock) 165cc category; image-Anand Philar

 Abdul Basim (Rockers Racing) won in the Novice (Stock 165cc) class while Pradeep C from Bengaluru got his maiden win in the Stock 301-400cc (Novice) race.

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Mohsin Paramban swept the wins off the weekend as his lead in the championship now sits at a healthy 37 points.The Podium was completed by Savion Sabu and AS James come the end of the eight lap race.

TVS One-Make Championship

In the Open (Apache RR310) category, winning laurels went to Manoj Yesuadian of chennai. He was followed to the finish line by Jayanth P and Lokesh V in P2 and P3.

Rookie (Apache RTR 200) Race-2: 1. Harshit V Bogar (Bengaluru) (13:20.972); 2. CS Kedarnath (Tirupati) (13:26.089); 3. Rajivsham AS (Tirpur) (13:44.946).

TVS Electric RTE (3 laps): 1. Sarthak Chavan (Pune) (05:34.704); 2. Chiranth Vishwanath (Bengaluru) (05:35.877); 3. Alwin Sundar (Chennai) (05:42.046).

In the Rookie (Apache RTR 200) race, Harshith V Bogar came home in P1, while CS Kedarnath and Rajivsham AS came home in P2 and P3.

In the TVS Electric RTE category, Sarthak Chavan won his second consecutive race in this class. Chiranth Vishwanath came in P2 while Chennai’s Alwin Sundar completed the podium.

Click here to read the report for Round 1 of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship.

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