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Double for Sohil Shah in MRF F1600, maiden ITC win for Ishaan Dodhiwala

Chennai, July 21 (UNI) Bengaluru schoolboy Sohil Shah completed a fine double
in the premier MRF F1600 category as the third round of the MRF MMSC-FMSCI
Indian National Car Racing Championship drew to a close at the MMRT, here on
VW Motorsport’s Ishaan Dodhiwala from Hyderabad notched his maiden win in
the Indian Touring Cars class after his team-mate Karthik Tharani was disqualified
for a couple of infringements and subsequently banned for one race, while Rithvik
Thomas (Race Concepts) of Bengaluru chalked up his third win of the season in
the Super Stock category.
Other winners of the day were Viswas Vijayaraj (DTS Racing) in the Formula LGB
1300, while Mumbai’s Saurav Bandyopadhyay drove away with the honours in the
Volkswagen Ameo Class.
The saloon car race was fiery with Tharani being disqualified for his violations. The
Stewards subsequently slapped a one-race ban, which will take effect for the next
round of the championship scheduled for August 16 to 18.
Consequent to the disqualification, team-mate Dodhiwala was declared winner
followed by Nikanth Ram (ARKA Motorsports) and Arjun Balu (Race Concepts).
The Stewards, following the post-ITC race hearing with Tharani, ruled that ''the
competitor was called to give the explanation as to why he ignored the ‘drive
through’ penalty board for five laps and ignored the ‘black flag’ for the remaining
three laps of the race.
“In view of the fact that the competitor is a highly experienced driver and he is
also a driver-trainer, the Stewards were of the opinion that exemplary sanctions
should be imposed on this driver and a sentence of not being permitted a start
in the next race of this championship (One race only).”
Ireland’s Lucca Allen completed a double by winning both the Formula 4 SEA
races to make up for disappointing outings in yesterday’s double-header.
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