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It’s going to be a tough grind for some of India’s top racing stars in the third round of the MMSC–FMSCI Indian National racing championship at the Kari Motor Speedway circuit in Chettipalayam here this weekend.

The championship, which resumes after a three-month break, features an exciting card of ten races spread over two days. The drivers will battle in the top-end Indian Touring Cars (ITC), Indian Junior Touring Cars (IJTC), Super Stock and the Rookie Championship (Formula 1300) besides the Volkswagen Vento Series Challenge. The Vento Series boasts of a grid of 18 cars driven by some of the young guns who came through an arduous selection process.

The first two rounds in Chennai turned out to be hot and exciting with the drivers pressing hard for the top slots and precious points.

Defending champion Arjun Narendran of Coimbatore, representing Red Rooster Performance, leads the ITC pack with 43 points. Bangalore’s Deepak Chinnappa (Race Concept) is three points behind the leader.

Former multiple National rally champion N. Leelakrishnan (Red Rooster Performance) from Coimbatore looks good as well with 33 points and a third place slot.

Mumbai’s Anant Pithawalla (Team N1) was too hot for the rest of the bunch in the IJTC class. With back-to-back wins in four outings, Anant enjoys a 12-point cushion over Goa’s Keith DeSouza of Unimek Racing.

Chennai’s Raghul Rangasamy raced to glory in all three races of the rookie championship.

The table leaders will look forward to strengthen their position at the top but with a tough grid and a speedy circuit it may be a different story in the Coimbatore round.

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