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Anindith, Chittesh start as favourites

Greater Noida, Nov 17 (PTI) Anindith Reddy and Chittesh Mandody start as favourites at the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit.

Defending champion Anindith from Hyderabad is leading the table in the Euro JK 17, featuring FB02 cars that can touch 240kmph, with 96 points.

Chennai's Vishnu Prasad, who was leading till the last round, ran into bad luck in Round 3 in Coimbatore, failing to finish in either of the races on Day 1.

But he came back strongly on Sunday, posting one victory and taking the second place in the next to keep himself in contention.

Vishnu is currently on 82 points and will hope for clean sweep to reclaim the title from Anindith. Nayan Chatterjee of Mumbai, with 73 points is behind the leaders and will have to do something spectacular to mount any kind of a challenge.

In the LGB 4 category, which is the first step towards single-seater racing and is powered by 1298cc Suzuki Swift engines, Chittesh of Kolhapur with 62 points is a runaway favourite.

The Avalanche Racing driver was joint-first in Round 2 but took advantage of Prasads misfortune and finished the third round with 20 points to jump into the lead.

Defending champion Prasad of MSport (49 points) had a terrible round that saw him collect only seven points and slip to the second place.

In the JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup, a single make category for bikers, Joseph Matthew of Chennai is sitting pretty atop the heap with 56 points.

After seeming to be almost unbeatable in the initial rounds, he suffered his first defeat in Round 3. But Aizawls Malsawmdawngliana is way behind him with 39 points to pose any serious threat to Joseph.

The Buddh Circuit promises to provide a fitting finale to the 20th edition of the JK National Racing Championship with the addition of the high-profile FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing (ACRR), an FIM sanctioned event which is a perfect platform for young riders from different Asian countries.

Top riders from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan and India will be seen in action in what will be Round 3 of the ACCR.

India will be represented by Sai Rahil Pillarisetty and Israel Vanlalhruaizela, who are fourth in the standings after the first two rounds in Thailand and Taiwan behind Philippines (5 points) and Thailand (25 points).

The bike lovers in the Capital are in for another grand treat as the Championship will see two super bike races (JK SBK 1000cc and JK SBK 600cc), featuring top riders from across the country

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