An exciting final day is in the offing as United States’ Conor Daly, on Saturday, moved past Great Britain’s Jordan King into the overall lead by a slender one point margin with just two races remaining in the third and the final round of the MRF Challenge 2012 at the MMRT in Sriperumbudur.
After a low-key performance in the qualifying session on Friday, Daly finished sixth in the first race and stormed to victory in the second to take his tally to 128 points. He beat his nearest opponent, Belgium’s Sam Dejonghe in the second race by a convincing 11 seconds. On his part, King, who was the leader coming into the final round, managed to keep pace with Daly, with a fourth and a third place finish in the two races.
On Sunday, however, Daly will have a much bigger task on hand as he will start from the fourth row while King will occupy the first.
Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Josh Hill made an impressive debut in the MRF Challenge 2012 as he outpaced John Lancaster, who started on pole, by six seconds to win the day’s first contest. Also, Luciano Bacheta tightened his hold on the third spot in the standings with one podium finish and a fourth place.
Parthiva Sureshwaran was the only Indian to be among the points when he finished eighth in the first race.
Race one: 1. Josh Hill (GBr), 23:46.338s, 2. Jon Lancaster (GBr), 23:52.809s, 3. Luciano Bacheta (GBr), 23:53.452s; Race two: 1. Conor Daly (US), 31:47.251s, 2. Sam Dejonghe (Bel), 31:58.432s, 3. Jordan King (GBr), 31:58.843s.
Overall standings (with two races remaining): 1. Conor Daly (US), 128 pts, 2. Jordan King (GBr), 127, 3. Luciano Bacheta (GBr), 94. — Sports Reporter