With the first round in the 2018 JK Tyre National Racing Championship, it also kick-started the Suzuki Gixxer Cup as well as the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup at Kari Motor Speeday in Coimbatore last weekend.
The field for both the races were bunched up together for the qualifying and the two races on Saturday and Sunday. It was a close qualifying session with Chennai's Joseph Matthew taking pole from Aizwal's Anthony Lalawmpuia.
In third was Mumbai's Sanjeev Mhatre - the trio separated by 0.952s only. The Race 1 on Saturday got interesting with Matthew taking a solid lead but behind it was Aizwal's Malsawmdawngliana and Bangalore's Syed Muzamil Ali slotting slotting second and third.
The duo overcame Lalawmpuia and Mhatre but couldn't get past Matthew who won by a healthy margin over the battling Malsawmdawngliana and Ali separated by just the 0.059s margin with Lalawmpuia in fourth.
The second race on Sunday was another fight between the three. But it was Matthew who managed to pull away and make it a double to open the 2018 season while Malsawmdawngliana and Ali slugged it out for second - the latter taking it this time.
In the Rookies Cup, Aizwal's Zothanmawia was miles ahead of its six other competitors as he managed to beat host of the Gixxer Cup riders as well taking pole and finishing fifth overall from Lawngtlai's Jerome Vanlalrengpuia and Aizwal's PC Andy Lalhmanaihsang.
The races had a clear winner in Zothanmawia who thrashed the competition, winning by over 20 seconds on both the occassions. The fight for second was on between Vanlalrengpuia and Lalmanaihsang though.
The former took second from the latter in Race 1 by a handy margin, but it was the latter's chance in Race 2 to take second by a clear margin over the former who had to fend off Samuel Lalrinsanga in the end.
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