Nayan Chatterjee of Rayo Racing beat the best of the bunch in the senior max category in the third leg of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Rotax Max karting championship here on Sunday.
It was not an easy win though. He stayed behind the leaders for most part of the race and cashed in on a golden chance in the 22nd lap. The victory helped Nayan (255pts) overtake birthday boy Vishnu Prasad (254) in the championship table.
“I maintained my racing line and waited for the others to make mistakes,” said Nayan.
Maini, Pradyumna scorch the track
It was Kush Maini of Dark Don Racing ruling the roost in the junior max class. The 12-year-old from Indus International School, Bangalore capitalised on a fine start and carried it all the way to the finish line. Krishnaraj Mahadik did go flat out to stop a flying Maini, but the latter kept his calm to take the title.
The fight for third place was pretty open with five drivers battling it out bumper-to-bumper right through. At the end, it was Arya Chirag Gandhi crossing the line for a place on the podium.
Pradyumna Vipul Danigond did not sweat much on his way to a comfortable win in the micro max class. The 11-year-old from Kolhapur, who is into his fourth year in karting, timed 11:40.335secs, a clear nine seconds ahead of second-place winner Paul T. Francis.
“I am happy to have had things comfortably working my way,” said Pradyumna.
Paul, who is in his first year of racing, was pleased to have finished second. “Pradyumna was really quick. I just let him go because it was his day. Instead, I fought with Yash [Aradhya]. Next time will not be easy for Pradyumna,” Paul said
Micro Max (7-12yrs): 1. Pradyumna Vipul Danigond (Mohite’s); 2. Paul T. Francis (Meco); 3. Yash Aradhya (Meco).
Junior Max (13-16): 1. Kush Maini (Dark Don); 2. Krishnaraj Mahadik (Mohite’s); 3. Arya Chirag Gandhi (Mohite’s).
Senior Max (15 & above): 1. Nayan Chatterjee (Rayo); 2. Dhruv S. Mohite (Mohite’s); 3. Vishnu Prasad (Meco).