Chennai II MRF F1600: Tharani quickest in first practice

Dfending champion Karthik Tharani finished on top of the timing sheet in the opening practice session of the second round in the MRF F1600 championship.

Tharani's closest competitor Arjun Narendran set the early pace with a time of 1m41.316s, only to be pushed down by Tharani with few minutes left on the clock.

The Chennai-based driver went 0.468s quicker than Narendran with a time of 1m41.316s, both drivers showing the wealth of experience gained from doing the MRF Challenge season.

The top two were closely followed by Anindith Reddy and Sandeep Kumar, both of whom finished within a second of Tharani's time.

Behind the leading pack came Raghul Rangasamy at fifth while last year's runner-up Goutham Parekh was sixth.

Delhi-based Lee Keshav, who made his racing return in the first round was seventh ahead of Tejas Ram at eighth while Chetan Korada and Anshul Shah completed the top 10.

Newcomers Vikash Anand and Vibhav Parker finished 11th and 14th respectively.

Full FP1 results:

Pos.DriverBest lapGap
1 Karthik Tharani 1:41.316 -
2 Arjun Narendran 1:41.784 0.468
3 Anindith Reddy 1:41.811 0.495
4 Sandeep Kumar 1:41.896 0.580
5 Raghul Rangasamy 1:42.409 1.093
6 Goutham Parekh 1:43.029 1.713
7 Lee Keshav 1:43.044 1.728
8 Tejas Ram 1:43.059 1.743
9 Chetan Korada 1:43.337 2.021
10 Anshul Shah 1:43.410 2.094
11 Vikash Anand 1:44.135 2.819
12 Brad Dias 1:44.611 3.295
13 Jai Sampath 1:45.327 4.011
14 Vibhav Parker 1:48.653 7.337

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Series Indian Open Wheel
Event MRF 1600: Chennai II
Track Madras Motor Race Track
Drivers Karthik Tharani , Goutham Parekh , Anindith Reddy , Arjun Narendran
Article type Practice report