Rangasamy beats Ram to clinch F1300 title

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Rangasamy beats Ram to clinch F1300 title
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Aug 25, 2016, 7:30 AM

Wallace Sports’ Raghul Rangasamy swept the 2016 F1300 Rookies Cup title, dominating with seven wins in 10 races, and only finishing outside the podium twice in the entire season.

Championship winners: Keith Desouza, Arjun Narendran, Vikash Anand, Raghul Rangasamy
Tejas Ram
Tejas Ram, Raghul Rangasamy
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Raghul Rangasamy
Raghul Rangasamy
Raghul Rangasamy

Rangasamy, a seasoned racer who left MBBS midway to pursue motorsport, started the season with a bang, taking a hattrick of wins in the first round in Chennai.

His fortunes nosedived in Coimbatore, where he could score only a single podium finish across three races.

His average run allowed Tejas Ram to take the initiative, with the 19-year-old picking up two wins and a podium finish to firmly become a title contender.

However, Ram had little to rejoice as Rangasamy was back to winning ways in the next round, dominating both the races in Chennai to extend his lead in the drivers standings.

He emulated his results in the season finale, that also took place in Chennai, to comfortably take the title by 26 points from Ram.

Rangasamy’s achievements are worth noting, given he was also racing in MRF F1600 and Super Stock (touring cars) - winning the title in the latter.

Apart from Ragasamy and Ram, Momentum Motorsports’ Arya Singh was the only other driver to pick up a race win with Vinesh Chand and Venkat Teja notching up podiums respectively.

However, his victory couldn’t prove enough to beat Alex Bora to third place in the drivers' standings, while Rakesh Ramkumar and Chand rounded-off the top five among 11 young Indians.

Final championship standings - Top 10:

Pos

Driver

Points

Wins

Podiums

1

 Raghul Rangasamy

205

7

8

2

 Tejas Ram

179

2

10

3

 Alex Bora

135

0

6

4

 Arya Singh

88

1

4

5

 Rakesh Ramkumar

82

0

0

6

 Vinesh Chand

74

0

1

7

 Venkat Teja

73

0

1

8

 Chethan Nagawara

56

0

0

9

 Najeeb Ahamed Shaik

32

0

0

10

 Anush Chakravarthi

12

0

0

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Series Indian Open Wheel
Drivers Tejas Ram , Raghul Rangasamy
Author Rachit Thukral
Article type Breaking news