Karthik Tharani Singh_MRF 1600The 2015 MRF FF1600 Championship will head back to the MMRT this weekend as Round 4 of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship resumes in Chennai. Karthik Tharani leads Goutham Parekh by just one point as the championship heads into the penultimate round.

The MRF FF1600 continues to be the best singles seater series in India which provides young drivers the opportunity to develop as drivers. The winner of the championship gets a free round in the F3 style Indian based MRF Challenge, which features the MRF Formula 2000 car, and is raced internationally. Last year saw 4 Indians from the MRF FF1600 graduating to the MRF Challenge, with 2014 winner Tarun Reddy also winning in the first round in Qatar.

Mr. J Anand, Managing Director, JA Motorsport, commented, “We are excited to see another round of the MRF FF 1600 Championship. The Championships is shaping up really well and looks like it will go down to the wire in the final round. The team has done a fantastic job and this year our Chief Engineer Peter Allnut has been focussing on the data analysis with the drivers. He has spent a lot of time teaching the drivers how to read data and how to extract maximum from it. As drivers climb the motorsport ladder they find that this is an important part of developing as a driver.”

Karthik Tharani Singh currently sits on top of the table with 120 points; just one point ahead of the chasing Goutham Parekh. Karthik has got three wins to his name this season while Goutham has 2 wins. Arjun Narendran lost out in the last round and is a further 23 points behind, on 97 points. Arjun has already won one race at the MMRT along with two podium finishes. Behind them CS Tejasram had a great outing in Coimbatore when he got his first podium finish of the season. He lies in 4th place with 54 points with Chetan Korada on 37 points.

Championship leader Karthik was confident of holding on to his championship lead heading into the weekend. He commented, “I was pleased to hold on to the championship lead after a not so perfect weekend in Coimbatore. I had the perfect weekend in Chennai last time out so am hoping that I can repeat it this time. I am quite sure that Goutham and Arjun will also be strong this weekend so looking forward to the challenge.”

Championship contender Goutham was looking forward to getting back to racing after a successful weekend in Coimbatore where he closed the gap. He commented, “Coimbatore was great for me as I managed to close the gap. This weekend will be tougher but can’t wait to get back into the car. I will work closely with Peter (Engineer) to make sure we are fight with Karthik.”