Reddy wins incident-filled race one

Hyderabad-based Anindith Reddy took lights to flag win in the first race of the Volkswagen Vento Cup weekend at Kari Motor Speedway in a 10-lap race.

Reddy maintained his lead at the start of the race as rookie Raghav Sharma leapfrogged Sailesh Bolisetti for second while Karminder Singh moved up to third.

As Bolisetti fell down the order, Singh too lost his third place to charging Ishaan Dodhiwala who got up to slot himself behind Sharma.

Dodhiwala took no time to despatch Sharma and move to second. Behind them, Sharma and Harkishan Wadia collided while trying to overtake Singh which brought the red-flag out.

Wadia hit Sharma which ended both the drivers race. The other retiree list had Bolisetti, Rajeev Srivastav and Pratik Sonawane.

The race started under the safety car after the cars were cleared. As the safety car went in, Reddy maintained the lead with Dodhiwala and Singh behind.

The two Hyderabad drivers fought hard but it was Reddy who took his first win of the season while Dodhiwala finished second, his first podium.

The ever-consistent Singh finished third while Rithvik Thomas and Vighneshwar Devarajan completed the top five.

Sidharth Balasundaram and Sahul Gahuri had a fine battle for sixth but it was Balasundaram who managed to hold on to his position.

The top 10 was completed by Pradeep Vaidyam at eighth, Amit Mete ninth and Amit Kokate 10th.

After a good qualifying, Neha Dabas finished 13th behind her sister Ria who made up seven places after starting 19th.

Race two will start at 13:40 local time on Sunday.

Provisional Results:

Pos Driver Total Time/Gap
1 Anindith Reddy 13m22.137s
2 Ishaan Dodhiwala 0.860s
3 Karminder Singh 4.829s
4 Rithvik Thomas 11.023s
5 Vigneshwar Devarajan 15.947s
6 Sidharth Balasundaram 18.475s
7 Sahil Gahuri 20.691s
8 Pradeep Vaidyam 22.632s
9 Amit Mete 27.622s
10 Amit Kokate 32.224s
11 Chewang Lama 35.349s
12 Ria Dabas 38.088s
13 Neha Dabas 42.655s
14 Amit Patil 48.829s
15 Prabhanjan Paruchuri 1 lap
DNF Pratik Sonawane  
DNF Sailesh Bolisetti  
DNF Rajeev Srivastav  
DNF Harkishan Wadia  
DNF Raghav Sharma  
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Series Touring
Drivers Anindith Reddy , Sahil Gahuri , Karminder Singh , Raghav Sharma , Ria Dabas , Sailesh Bolisetti , Neha Dabas , Ishaan Dodhiwala , Sidharth Balasundaram , Harkishan Wadia
Article type Race report