Mahindra Racing stole the limelight in Formula E’s first event in New York, while Force India and Arjun Maini also performed creditably over the weekend.
Mahindra Racing (Formula E New York ePrix)
Best result: Second and thid
Mahindra Racing carried on their Berlin form in the first ever New York ePrix double header, with both Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld finishing on the podium in Race 2.
While neither of the two drivers made it to the chequered flag in Race 1 after clipping the wall at separate occasions, Mahindra was able to make up for the loss of points on Sunday.
Rosenqvist got a better getaway off the line than pole-sitter Sam Bird and was able to pass the DS Virgin driver into the hairpin.
However, an early FCY gave the incentive to Bird to retake the lead, dropping Rosenqvist back into second place.
Meanwhile, Heidfeld was rapidly making his way up the field from fifth on the grid, passing Jean Eric Vergne at the start before reeling in Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly to tuck in right behind teammate Rosenqvist.
When the second FCY was deployed, Mahindra reacted quickly and brought both drivers in for the pitstop. However, despite the swift strategy call, Bird was able to stop on the next lap and still come out in the lead.
The order at the finish remained the same, with Rosenqvist leading home Heidfeld in second place.
The latter fended off a late attack from Gasly in the last corner to hold on to the final spot on the podium.
Force India (F1 British GP)
Result: Eighth and ninth
Force India scored another double points finish at the British Grand Prix, but were beaten by Renault as the top midfield squad.
At the start of the race, Esteban Ocon jumped Sergio Perez and briefly challenged Nico Hulkenberg for the fifth spot before the German sprinted ahead.
As the laps wore on, both Ocon and Perez were passed by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who started out of position due to penalties.
The two drivers eventually finished eighth and ninth respectively, separated by just two seconds at the flag.
Arjun Maini (GP3 Silverstone)
Best finish: Fifth
After the disappointment of Austria, Haas F1 affiliated driver Arjun Maini finished sixth and fifth in the two GP3 races at Silverstone last weekend.
Maini started Saturday’s feature race from eighth on the grid, but a slow getaway dropped him behind Ryan Tveter and Julien Falchero.
He was able to regain both positions in the next few laps and then moved up to seventh when Nirei Fukuzumi retired with a technical issue. A post-race penalty for Dorian Boccolacci promoted the Jenzer driver to sixth.
For the sprint race, Maini lined up second on the grid - reminiscent of his Barcelona victory. However, this time he was passed by Renault junior Jack Aitken on the opening lap, with Mercedes and Red Bull proteges George Russell and Niko Kari reeling him later in the race.
Nevertheless, Maini finished the race in a strong fifth place to wrap off the weekend on a positive note.
Kush Maini (Italian F4 Mugello)
Best finish: Fifth
Arjun Maini’s younger brother Kush qualified sixth on the grid for the opening Italian F4 race of the weekend in Mugello.
After early race drams, Maini was able to pass former F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi’s grandson Enzo to finish in fifth place.
That result should have served as a precursor for further strong results, but it wasn’t to be. An opening lap collision in Race 2 dropped him well outside the points and was possibly the reason behind a DNS (did not start) in the final race of the weekend.
Ricky Donison (US F2000 Toronto)
Ricky Donison had a miserable outing in the latest US F2000 round at Toronto, with the Indian forced to retire from the opening race with a mechanical problem.
The issue couldn’t be fixed before the start of the next race, forcing him to watch it from the sidelines.
Volkswagen Ameo Cup (Coimbatore)
The new-for-2017 Volkswagen Ameo Cup one-make series got underway in Coimbatore last weekend, with Karminder Singh and Sandeep Kumar sharing the winning honours.
Singh won the first race with ease and challenged Kumar for victory in Race 2, but the latter held on to the spot to make it two different winners in first two races of the year.
The championship heads to Chennai this weekend for the second round of the season.
National Karting Championship (Hyderabad)
The second round of National Karting Championship concluded at Hyderabad’s Chicane Circuit, with Aaroh Ravindra leading a Rayo Racing 1-2 in the Senior Max category.
Ravindra finished 3.586s ahead of Aanjan Patodia, with polesitter Manav Sharma (BPC Racing) settling for third place.
In the Junior max category, Yash Aradhya (MSport) passed Chirag Ghorpade on the final lap, only to make a mistake and hand the victory back into the BPC Racing karter’s hands. Shahan Ali Mohsin completed the podium finishers.
In the lowest age-group (Micro Max), Arjun Rajiv took the top honours, leading a pair of Birel ART karters - Ruhaan Alva and MR Rishon.