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Narain Karthikeyan wins second place

CHENNAI, MAY 7. India's Formula 3 champion, Narain Karthikeyan, pulled out all stops to win second place in round four of the British Formula 3 championship, 2000 at Donington Park.

Narain starting ninth on the grid, gave his Ford, Kingfisher, JK Tyres, Indo Mobil, Satyam Online.Com and TATA Group branded Dallara a brilliant start and moved to fourth position by only the second lap of the 28-lap race, passing five cars in the process.

Narain sped past Andy Priaulx (Renault) at the notoriously fast Craner Curves at an amazing 232 kmph in the very first lap. Soon after in the second lap, Narain raced past Michael Bentwood, his 1999 team-mate, now driving for Fortec Motorsport, on the outside at Redgate (the first corner).

Narain was then challenging Matthew Davies (Renault), Ben Collins (Carlin Motorsport) and Takuma Sato (Carlin Motorsport), the pole sitter, as early as the second lap.

By lap seven a shrewd move from Narain saw him race past Matthew Davies. By then, Narain was already in third place. Narain kept up the pressure on the driver from the land of rising sun, Sato, who finally yielded to the Indian Prince in the tenth lap. Narain was now into second place and behind the race leader Ben Collins. Narain challenged Collins till the very end of the race to finish second.

Ford India boss, Phil Spender, who witnessed the race from the start to the end said ``this is one of the most memorable races that I have seen for a long long time. Narain challenged till the very end. A spirited performance from a great Indian icon''. Jenson Button, having graduated from British Formula 3

championship into a full time driver with Williams-BMW in Formula

One 2000, reiterates the significance of the British Formula 3 championship.

With today's performance Narain has jumped to third position in the championship.

Top six positions: 1. Ben Collins - Carlin Motorsport - Great Britain - 30 minutes 54.264 sec; 2. Narain Karthikeyan - Stewart Racing - India - 30m 55.011s; 3. Michael Bentwood - Fortec Motorsport - Great Britain - 30m 57.047s; 4. Gary Paffet - Fred Goddard Racing - Great Britain - 31m 04.440s; 5. Nicolas Kiesa - RC Benetton Junior Team - Yugoslavia - 31m 05.177s; 6. Martin OConnell - Rowan Racing - Great Britain - 31m 06.642s.

Championship rankings after four rounds (top three): 1. Antonio Pizzonia - 57 pts; 2. Tomas Scheckter - 52 pts; 3. Narain Karthikeyan - 35 pts.