Vishnu, Chirag sparkle on Day 1 of JK Nationals

Coimbatore: India's premier racer Vishnu Prasad and young Chirag Ghorpade sparkled on the opening  day of the 22nd JK Tyre FMSCI National Championship here on Saturday, winning their races in contrasting styles. Syed Muzammil Ali was the other hero of  the day cruising to victory in the first round of support race, the JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup.

In the revamped opening round of the championship, the focus was on younger talent and they didn't disappoint with as many as 27 lining up for their first  real shot at glory. Fourteen-year-old Bengaluru boy  Chirag, from Momentum Motorsports, was the most  impressive, taking the pole position in the morning  and winning his first race in the Novice Cup.

Chirag clocked 13:37.912 minutes to beat the aggressive field by 0.338, leaving his teammate Aaroh Ravindra and Mohamed Ryan (MSport) fighting for  the other two places on the podium. The youngster,  who exhibited speed and skill, brought in his 14th  birthday in style, winning Race 2 as well. Aaroh was  left chasing him in this race but Parikshit Dardhalli  (DTS Racing) upstaged Ryan for the third place.

The Formula LGB 4 boasted of a star-studded grid, with seven national champions in fray. The race began as a three-way tussle between Vishnu (MSport), Rohit Khanna (Dark Don Racing) and  Ashwin (Dark Don Racing). Ashwin shot into the lead, going past MSport's Sohil Shah, who began on  pole, at the first opportunity.

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