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Maiden win for Ghorpade

Nineteen-year-old Parth Ghorpade has won his maiden international series victory when he won the second race of the fourth round of the Formula Pilota China series at Guangdong, HT reports.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2012 00:28 IST
HT Correspondent

Nineteen-year-old Parth Ghorpade has won his maiden international series victory when he won the second race of the fourth round of the Formula Pilota China series at Guangdong.

Ghorpade had already scored four podium finishes over the course of the nine races that preceded the Guangdong round, which included two second place finishes.

The series’ participants include 18-year-old Italian Antonio Giovinazzi who was third in last year’s FIA World Cup for karting and was fifth in last year’s European Karting Championship.

The win elevates Ghorpade to third place in the series’ points standings with six races over two rounds remaining in the season.

Both of which will be held at the Formula One circuit at Sepang in Malaysia.

Ghorpade is a former National Karting champion and was the runner-up in the inaugural Volkswagen Polo Cup India series. “This is probably the biggest achievement in my international racing career and hope it is the first of many,” said Ghorpade. “We have been close in many races but could not manage to step on the top step of the podium.”

Walavalkar on pole

Veteran racing driver Ameya Walavalkar took pole position for the first race of the Volkswagen Polo-R Cup round at Chennai. Walavalkar beat out Avdumber Hede and Rahil Noorani.

In other series in the National Racing Championship round at the Sriperumbudur circuit, Ashwin Sundar beat Saran Vikram in the LGB Formula 4 category in the opening race of the weekend. Vikram returned the favour and beat Sundar for victory in the second race.

Arjun Balu won the opening race of the Indian Touring Car championship round while Feroze Khan took the win in the opening race of the Junior Indian Touring Car championship.

The senior touring car category featured a heavy shunt that caused the deployment of the safety car.