TITLE TO GO DOWN TO THE WIRE WITH GOUTHAM PAREKH AND KARTHIK THARANI ALL SET FOR FINAL BATTLE IN MRF FF1600 CHAMPIONSHIP

DSC7568The 2015 MRF FF1600 Championship will head back to the MMRT this weekend for the final round of the 2015 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship in Chennai. Goutham Parekh leads Karthik Tharani by just 12 points with Arjun Narendran a further 10 points behind and an outsider for the title.

Parekh struck back in a big way in the last round to recover strongly to take the championship lead. Parekh had won Race 1 before finishing 2nd on Race 2. Tharani Singh had been fastest in the practice sessions and claimed pole position by over half a second from the rest of the field. He got a drive-thru penalty for a jump start in Race 1 which impacted his entire weekend. He had to recover to finish 3rd in both races. Narendran finished 2nd in Race 1 and won Race 2 to give him an outside chance heading into the final weekend.

Mr. J Anand, Managing Director, JA Motorsport, commented, “We are excited to see another successful year of the MRF FF 1600 Championship. It is always a boost to any championship to have the title being decided in the final race. We have had a good mix of experienced drivers along with some promising rookies. We look forward to a good finale to the end the season on a high.”

Parekh currently sits on top of the table with 162 points; 12 points ahead of Tharani Singh, who is on 150 points. Parekh and Tharani Singh have both got three wins this season. Arjun Narendran is 22 points behind, on 140 points and has 2 wwins this season. CS Tejasram is the highest placed rookie in 4th position, on 72 points with Chetan Korada one place behind him on 63 points.

Championship leader Goutham is excited ahead of the final round. He commented, “I have not led the Championship since the Round 1 so it is good to be ahead again. Karthik is really quick so I will have a real fight on my hands this weekend. I will spend time during the practice sessions working on my race pace as that will be crucial.”

Championship contender Karthik was confident of challenging Parekh for the championship lead heading into the weekend. He commented, “I am confident that I can fight for the championship heading into the final round. I had bad luck in the last round which cost me points. I will try to make sure that this does not happen this weekend. Goutham and Arjun will both be quick but I will do my best to beat them both.”

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.

Both races will take place on Sunday with qualifying and practice set to take place on Saturday.

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