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Auer extends lead as Bharat progresses

Lucas Auer of Austria maintained his lead in the JK Racing Asia series after two races of the second round. Khurram Habib reports.

india Updated: May 29, 2011 00:30 IST
Khurram Habib

Lucas Auer of Austria maintained his lead in the JK Racing Asia series after two races of the second round. He won the second race after overcoming a challenge from Irfan Ilyas of Malaysia and clearing the distance with a difference of 6.224 seconds.

The Austrian stretched his winning streak to three after winning the second race of the first round back in April and the first race of the second round.

The series was formerly known as the Formula BMW Asia series had an Indian, Bharat Raj, in the fray. The 14-year-old Bangalore boy, however, could finish only 12th in the morning race. But he came back to finish ninth in the final round of the day.

The ninth place finish was Bharat’s career best. He had finished 16th and 14th in the April races.

"I am getting there. It took a while in adjusting, but I am trying my best. This race is a great platform for me and bridges the gap between the basic formula races in India and the higher level," said Raj, whose experience in the past has been of Karting and Formula Rolon in India.On a pleasant afternoon, it looked like the Indian would follow his previous rounds’ performance in the final round.

But he managed to raise the bar in the day’s final round and sped up consistently to go past his opponents, three of who crashed out.

(The writer’s trip has been sponsored by JK Tyre.)