Akhil Khushlani raced to a comfortable win from pole position in the Formula BMW class of the JK Tyre Racing Championships at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore on Saturday.
Khushlani crossed the chequered flag 5.052 seconds clear of Arjun Maini and Vishnu Prasad in the opening race of the series aimed at promoting young Indian drivers.
While Khushlani pulled away from the pack, 15-year-old Maini and Prasad battled it out for 15 laps. Prasad gained a place to be third on the opening lap and then kept putting pressure on Maini, who was competing in only his second race in single seaters.
In the end, Bangalore-based Maini held off the challenge for second place. "It was quite difficult to stop Vishnu. While defending, I got off the track two-three times. I have not been in the car a lot but I need to work on my speed," said Maini, who spent a year in the Force India Formula 1 team academy in Silverstone, England.