The country’s best young racing talent is primed for the final showdown at the Buddh International Circuit in the grand finale of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship this weekend on December 13-14.
With the championship on the line, stakes will be high for the drivers in three classes — JK Racing India Series (FB02, formerly known as Formul BMW ), JK Formula LGB F4 and Volkswagen Polo R Cup – to lift the title.
This round will also see the crowning of the champion in the JK Tyres Superbikes Cup, which is a new addition this year to the country’s most prestigious racing championship. This is an amateur class, which is open to bikes with over 1,000cc engine capacity.
JK Tyres has brought talent like Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim, Aditya Patel and Arjun Maini to country.
The highlight of the final round of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship will be the JK Racing India Series races, featuring international spec cars powered by 1.2-litre BMW engines and managed by Euro International. In this class, the fight for the title between defending champion, Vishnu Parasad and Akhil Rabindra is expected to go down to the wire. Prasad, who was awarded Motorsports Person of the Year by FMSCI in 2013 for becoming the first winner of the JK Racing India Series, leads the championship with 78 points after three rounds. But it’s not going to be easy for the Chennai-based driver as he faces stiff challenge from Rabindra, who trails the leader with 68 points.
Behind the front-running duo, there is a three-way fight brewing between Nayan Chatterjee (38 points), Anant Shanmugam (37 points) and Kishanraj Mahadik (35 points) for third place in the championship. The star attraction, however will be JK Tyres protegee, Armaan Ebrahim, who will be taking part in the final rounds as a guest driver. Ebrahim will be starting from the back of the grid. His participation will give the youngsters an opportunity to learn finer nuances of racing from the interational star.
After three rounds, stakes are keenly stacked up in the Volkswagen Polo R Cup also. Karminder Pal Singh of Delhi is currently leading the championship with 251 points. Bonnie Thomas and Lee Keshav Gupta are the other two drivers making up the top three with 229 and 215 points respectively.
In the JK Formula LGB F4 class, which is stepping stone for single-seater racing in India and the most affordable series in the world, Daljith TS of Dark Don racing leads the championship with 78 points. Vishnu Prasad, piloting the lead Meco Racing car and Raghul Rangaswamy also of Meco Racing are in second and third places with 52 and 43 points respectively. Going into the final round of races Daljith might be enjoying a healthy cushion in terms of championship points, but he can’t afford to take his foot off the peddle given the twin challenges posed by Prasad and Rangaswamy.
For the team championship the race is on between Dark Don Racing (127 points) and Meco Racing (112 points) with Rayo Racing (76 points) in third place and Team Avalanche (6 points) in fourth place.
In the JK Superbikes Cup, Kulwant Singh (Monty), Gurvinder Singh and Bhupinder Singh make up the top three. The top draw in the bikes will be Dilip Rogger. The Chennai-based rider, who will be making a guest appearance is considered as India’s pioneer on the international two-wheeler racing circuit. Despite being an amateur class, the best riders have clocked times best times of 2.05 minutes. With a grid size of 24 bikes, there will be plenty of knee-scraping action at the BIC.
As the curtain comes down on the Indian racing scene for 2014 with the grand finale of the JK Tyre Racing Championship, Raghupati Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director, JK Tyre and Industries wished luck to all the competitors. “I expect that the standard of racing in the final round will be high. It’s heartening to see some of best young racing talent mature and develop over the year. I wish all the participants will put their best foot forward and provide for good and safe racing,” said Singhania.