Soundari, Dias claim maiden win in AATA and Honda all-women races

Soundari A and Olesya Dias took win in Round 2 of the Honda and Alisha Abdullah Training Academy races respectively, at Madras Motor Race Track.

Soundari, Dias claim maiden win in AATA and Honda all-women races

It was a perfect start from the Chennai-based rider in the Honda, to go from fourth to take the lead in the opening lap, as polesitter Pooja Dabhi had a bad getaway.

Behind, Aishwarya A too lost a place as Ten10 rider Shruthi N dropped at the back of the pack, ultimately retiring on Lap 3.

Up ahead, Dabhi came back on Soundari as both separated by mere less than half a second throughout the four-lap race.

In the end, Soundari had enough to take her maiden win with round one winner Dabhi settling for second, 0.341s behind.

It was a real battle for the final podium spot as Aishwarya fended off the pressure from Ryhana Bee to finish third, both separated by a mere 0.121s at the chequered flag.

Niranjanie and Jennifer Christapaul were the final two finishers at fifth and sixth.

Dias dominant first win

Start action

The Goa-based Dias got a good start from pole on the TVS bike, with front-row started Aishwarya M slotting right behind the leader.

Dias thwarted rivals lap by lap as she took the race by a massive margin of 8.554s, beating Aishwarya while clocking the fastest lap of 2m24.663s, which was about six seconds faster than the next best.

Rajeshwari took the final podium spot, with Renuka Gajendran finishing fourth after overtaking Ramya S in the four lap race.

Tulasi, Haritha R and Prathibha completed a distant top eight - the trio separated by 5.628s over the chequered flag.  

Four riders barring Harshita, were allowed to take part in the race despite missing out on the 107% qualifying rule.

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