A win is a win. Ask any racer. It doesn’t matter if you cross the finishing line with one eye locked on the rearview mirror, fending off an overtaking aspirant, or just win like Michael Schumacher did at the peak of his prowess, lapping drivers of calibre.
Vishnu Prasad had one of those weekends here at Round 2 of the 16th JK Tyre Racing Championship.
Having registered three easy wins, including in a rain-affected race on Saturday, Prasad was pushed to the limit in the concluding FB02 race on Sunday afternoon.
Prasad, pushed into a wheel-to-wheel situation by teenager Akhil Rabindra for all of the 15 laps, deservingly returned to the paddock to a hero’s welcome.
"This was the toughest Formula race of my career," he said. "I have to thank Chittesh (Mandody) for constantly challenging Akhil (for second place). That’s why I could look ahead a little, but it was definitely a win I am most proud of," said the young Chennai driver.
In other results, South African Jeffrey Kruger, starting from seventh in the reverse grid race, won Round 2 of the Volkswagen Polo Cup after Rahil Noorani was penalised for a jump start. Kruger generated impressive straight line speed to overtake as many as five cars to claim top honours.
The final Race 3 of the Formula LGB 4 class was another exciting contest thanks to multiple mid-race incidents and a close scrap for victory. Local boy Sarosh Hataria, starting from fourth on the grid, meticulously moved up the order to finish ahead of Tejasram Caveripakam and Akash Gowda.
This writer’s trip has been sponsored by JK Tyre