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Zamri Baba takes the honours

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Photo: K. Pichumani

Zamri Baba of Malaysia, who won the Super Sport 600cc category in the Indian leg of the Petronas Asia road racing championship.

Chennai: On a day of incessant rains and truncated schedules, Malaysia's Md. Zamri Baba triumphed in the Indian leg of the Petronas Asia road racing championship, in the Super Sport 600cc category here at the Madras Motor Sports Track, Irungattukottai, on Sunday.

Zamri Baba (Petronas Yamaha Malaysia) started from fourth on the grid, but proceeded to storm to the head of the field, the rains, the puddles and the slick asphalt notwithstanding.

Zamri Baba's first place finish gave him 25 points, which helped reel in Decha Kraisat, who leads the race for the championship. The advantage, however, was not as decisive as Zamri Baba would have hoped for, as Kraisat lead a pack of challengers who were left in Zamri Baba's wake, to finish second for 20 points.

Kraisat's teammate at Petronas Yamaha Thailand, Chalermpol Polami ,came in third.

The lone Indian racer to finish in the points was Gautham Mayilvaganan (Moto Rev India), who pocketed nine points after finishing seventh. The skies soon opened up to force the cancellation of the second race of the day.

The Underbone 115cc category witnessed a much closer race, as the top seven races were separated by just 1.5 seconds.

Fitriansyah Kete (Bikers Indonesia BRT Racing Team) kept the competition at bay, and edged a tight race to pocked 25 points for the first place finish. The result catapulted Kete into third spot in the Overall points table, but Championship leader Denny Triyugo (Yamaha Top 1 FDR) rode a safe race himself to finish third, assuring himself of 18 points.

Hadi Wijaya (Kawasaki NHK Rextor Manual Tech Racing), who came in second, was on 89 points at the end of the fourth round, just five short of Triyugo.

The second set of races were abandoned in the Underbone 115cc category as well. Two rounds of two races each remain in the Asia Road Racing championship in both categories.

The results: Super Sport 600c (Race 1, 16 laps): 1. Md. Zamri Baba (Petronas Yamaha Malaysia) 32:54.194; 2. Decha Kraisat (Petronas Yamaha Thailand) 32:56.576; 3. Chalermpol Polamai (Petronas Yamaha Thailand) 33:05.092; 7. Gautham Mayilvaganan (Motor Rev India) 33:26.805.

Underbone 115cc (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. Fitriansyah Kete (Bikers Indonesia BRT Racing Team) 14:42.941; 2. Hadi Wijaya (Kawasaki NHK Rextor Manual Tech Racing) 14:43.901; 3. Denny Triyugo (Yamaha TOP 1 FDR) 14:43.958.

Overall Championship Standings:

Super Sport 600cc: 1. Decha Kraisat (Petronas Yamaha Thailand) 108 points; 2. Chalermpol Polamai (Petronas Yamaha Thailand) 90; 3. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Petronas Yamaha Malaysia) 87; 4. Md. Zamri Baba (Petronas Yamaha Malaysia) 87.

Underbone 115cc: 1. Denny Triyugo (Yamaha TOP 1 FDR) 94; 2. Hadi Wijaya (Kawasaki NHK Rextor Manual Tech Racing) 89; 3. Fitriansyah Kete (Bikers Indonesia BRT Racing Team); 65 4. Hokky Chrisdianto (Yamaha TOP 1 FDR) 58 .

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