Raghul Rangasamy converted his first pole of the season into a commanding victory in the MRF F1600 class as the fourth round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship got underway at the MMRT in Chennai. The other two podium positions were bagged by Sandeep Kumar and Nirmal Uma Shanker, who finished second and third, respectively. Raghul and Sandeep were separated by a gap of just 2.1 seconds when they crossed the finish line.
The racer from Mamallapuram moved past championship leader Ashwin Datta, who, unlike his dominating round one performance, was unable to improve upon his starting position and finished a distant eighth. With two more races remaining in this round, Rangasamy has 109 points to Datta’s 100. The championship winner, at the end of the season, earns a ticket to the Mazda Road To Indy shootout in the United States, due this winter.
Summing up his win, Rangasamy said,''I started thinking what I would say at the post-race interview and stuff like that. As my thoughts wandered, so did the pace. Suddenly, I saw Sandeep Kumar catching up and it woke me up! I am absolutely exhausted! I am not a gym person like others drivers. I reacted a bit late to the lights at the start, but otherwise, it was a good launch and I quickly built up a big lead.''