Tharani tops opening F1600 practice

Defending champion Karthik Tharani topped the opening practice session of MRF F1600 in Chennai, beating Arjun Narendran by nearly nine tenths of a second.

Tharani, who is dovetailing his duties in MRF Challenge, set a laptime of 1m41.415s, with Narendran 0.871s behind in second place.

Sandeep Kumar and last year’s runner-up Goutham Parekh finished a joint third, with a time of 1:42.425. Parekh led the timesheets briefly but fell down the order as the session progressed.

Further back, Raghul Rangasamy was fifth fastest, 1.724s down on pacesetter Tharani, with returnee Lee Keshav not far behind in sixth place.

Volkswagen Vento Cup graduate Anindith Reddy was seventh on his single-seaters debut, ahead of Sudharshan Rao and Tejas Ram.

Actor/racer Jai Sampath completed the top 10, but was 2.758s off the pace.

The female sister duo of Neha Dabas and Ria Dabas brought the rear of the field, having lapped the Madras Motor Race Track in 2m06.923s and 2m09.130s respectively.

During the session, some drivers went off the track while one sustained a puncture due to unknown reasons.

S.No

Driver

Time/Gap

1

Karthik Tharani

1m41.415

2

Arjun Narendran

0.871

3

Sandeep Kumar

1.010

4

Goutham Parekh

1.010

5

Raghul Rangasamy

1.724

6

Lee Keshav

1.805

7

Anindith Reddy

1.811

8

Sudharshan Rao

1.898

9

Tejas Ram

2.308

10

Jai Sampath

2.758

11

Chetan Korada

2.815

12

Prashanth K

3.452

13

Anshul Shah

4.029

14

Brad Dias

4.553

15

Siddharth Potharaju

7.215

16

Neha Dabas

25.508

17

Ria Dabas

27.715

 

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Series Indian Open Wheel
Event MRF 1600: Chennai
Track Madras Motor Race Track
Drivers Karthik Tharani , Goutham Parekh , Anindith Reddy , Arjun Narendran , Tejas Ram , Chetan Korada , Jai Sampath , Anshul Shah , Ria Dabas , Neha Dabas
Article type Practice report