Deepak Chinnappa breaks his duck with a double in Indian Touring Cars
Deepak Chinnappa won both the races at the Kari Motor Speedway on Sunday in the premier Indian Touring Cars class of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship.Updated: Jul 16, 2017, 20:25 IST
Deepak Chinnappa of Race Concepts, Bengaluru, broke his Kari Motor Speedway jinx with a grand double in the premier Indian Touring Cars class on the concluding day of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship in Coimbatore on Sunday.
Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) and Karminder Singh (Delhi) shared the top spots in the two Volkswagen Ameo Cup races which produced a lot of fireworks and action.
Driving with panache and confidence, 30-year-old Chinnappa had the measure of his two main rivals from Red Rooster Performance team, Ashish Ramaswamy, winner of the first race on Saturday, and defending champion Arjun Narendran, with a dominating performance.
“I have never won at this track since making my debut in this class three seasons ago. I have had issues with my car in the past, and this weekend was only slightly better, though problematic.
“I had to deal with the loss of power steering, two gears and brakes, but fortunately, everything came together for me and helped me break the Coimbatore jinx as I had never won here before,” said Chinnappa, son of two-wheeler rider Chandra Kumar Chinnappa.
In the first race, Chinnappa, who started from third, had a great start and by the end of first lap moved up two spots to the front and established a comfortable lead which he kept to the chequered flag.
Behind him Narendran, who had moved from eighth to second by end of the first lap and Ramaswamy were involved in a tight battle. Exiting the last turn in to the start-finish straight, Narendran spun viciously which dropped him to the back of the field. He fought his way back to third where he finished, behind Chinnappa and Ramaswamy.
“I had too much speed exiting the last corner and my rear tyres caught the dirt on the edge of the track which led to a huge spin. I managed to get back, but had lost track position. Still, I fought back, but had too much to make up in the end,” said Narendran.
In the next outing, Narendran, starting from pole, kept his position until the end of Lap 2 when he ran wide exiting the last corner, and Chinnappa eased in to lead to take command of the race.
Narendran, who incidentally clocked the fastest laps in both the races today, then survived close attention from veteran Vidya Prakash (Prime Racing) to finish second.
“In both races, I had good starts and managed to keep the lead though I had issues with the brakes. In the second race today especially I tucked in behind Arjun in the first lap, but I realised he had some handling issues with his car. So, I waited for the right opportunity to pass him. He then ran wide exiting the last corner and I passed him. Thereafter, I managed to keep my lead and win,” said Chinnappa.