On the opening day of the fourth and final round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian Nationwide Automobile Racing Championship 2022 on the Madras Worldwide Circuit on Friday, Bengaluru teenager Sohil Shah grabbed pole positions in the MRF System 2000.
Shah, 21, produced the best time of 1 minute, 31.668 seconds to qualify for the pole position ahead of championship leader Sai Sanjay from Salem (01:32.095) and Gurugram's Divy Nandan (01:32.246).
Meanwhile, Ritesh Rai, a 40-year-old Chennai racer who is currently eighth in the championship, set a blistering lap time of 01:56.000 to earn pole position in the VW Polo Cup. Pratik Sonawane (01:56.419) of Mumbai qualified second and leads the points table, while Raaj Bakhru (01:56.605) of Mumbai will start third in tomorrow's race.
Meanwhile, former three-time British Touring Cars champion Matt Neal, who was invited to observe the final round, gave the Madras Worldwide circuit a big thumbs up. Neal described the monitor as different and gave it a rating of seven out of ten. He completed a few circuits in the Volkswagen Virtus in the Indian Touring Automobiles class.
- Sohil Shah (Bengaluru) (1:31.668)
- Sai Sanjay (Salem) (1:32.095)
- Divy Nandan (Gurugram) (1:32.095). (1:32.246).
Volkswagen Polo Cup:
- Ritesh Rai (Chennai) (1:56.000)
- Pratik Sonawane (Mumbai) (1:56.419)
- Raaj Bakhru (Mumbai) (1:56.419). (1:56.605).
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