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Mixed luck for Karthikeyan

CHENNAI, MARCH 29. Tata RC Motorsport team driver Narain Karthikeyan, had mixed fortune in the first round of the Nissan World Series race in Jarama, Spain, on Sunday. Karthikeyan lost a chance of grabbing the pole position for Race 1 when Juan Cruz Alvarez spun in front of him, resulting in collision. Though the damage was minor, a broken front wing meant he could not push in the final minutes of the session. Despite having to start the first race from 10th, Narain did well to run in the top three but in the sub-zero temperatures, Karthikeyan experienced numbness in his legs and slipped to fifth.

Starting Race 2 from 11th, Narain was running third in the early stages. But in the rough and tough conditions, his car slid off the track and into retirement. Enrique Bernoldi of GD Racing won both the races.

With the conclusion of the first race at Jarama, Karthikeyan lies seventh in the drivers' championship standings with 8 points. The next round of the series is in Zolder, Belgium.

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