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Chandhok posts second F3 win
May 05, 2003 15:28 IST
India's rising motor racing star Karun Chandhok dominated the scholarship class in the British Formula 3 championship, winning the first of two races at the Croft circuit in Yorkshire on Sunday.
The 19-year old, JK Tyre-sponsored driver, now leads the championship table, ahead of Steven Kane and Ernesto Viso.
Chandhok clinched pole position in both races before proceeding to post his second victory of the season, winning the fifth round.
Last month, Chandhok kicked off his campaign in the championship at Donington Park in England with a fantastic win in the opening round
In the second race (sixth round), Chandhok was leading, going into the last lap and in sight of the chequerd flag, when teammate Kane banged into the right side, taking both the cars out of the race, a statement from Chandhok's sponsors said.
Earlier, the T-Sport driver did remarkably well to clinch his first F3 pole in wet conditions in which he had struggled before. Then Chandhok made it a double, grabbing the top spot in the second qualifying session in the evening.
In Round 5, Chandhok got held up by some of the championship class cars going into the hairpin and Ivor McCullough got ahead, only to make a mistake himself on the next lap which allowed the Indian through to the number one position again. From there on, the T-Sport driver drove maturely against stiff competition to come out on top.
The next two races will be held at the tight and twisty Knockhill circuit in Scotland in a week's time.