Generally the idea of a school or training program is to have a sizeable but manageable number of students from which to pick and choose the best for further advancement.
But the way things stand in the MRF Formula Ford 1600 championship – the premier class of the FMSCI National Racing Championship – there doesn’t seem to be enough to choose from as far as young drivers are concerned.
Tarun Reddy, Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar. At this point one can safely assume that these three drivers will be the ones who will fill the top three podium positions at the end of each race.
Although on occasion the odd surprise does occur, and the second FF1600 race of the third round of the National Racing Championship at Coimbatore’s Kari Motor Speedway produced just that.
Reddy was handed a five place penalty for an avoidable accident and causing a red flag and drove messily enough to open the door for Deodhar in the battle for the championship.
The surprise here is that Reddy has been racing and scoring points in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship in Great Britain but does not seem to have ironed out the kinks that saw him total cars last year.
His less than stellar show in the second race saw New Delhi’s Lee Keshav Gupta break up the usual podium hierarchy and take third place behind Anand and Deodhar.
Reddy was forced to start from sixth place on the starting grid in the third and final race of the weekend but managed to carve his way to the front.
By the time you read this, the fourth round of the NRC would be done and dusted too and the top three are unlikely to be troubled by anyone else in the FF1600 field that is looking far too thin to do the job of giving young racers the competitive environment they need.