The First round of the MRF Challenge 2012 dawned on the back of a thrilling Race 1 where Conor Daly took top honours. But the fact that he was starting at only number six on the grid in race 2 showed the depth of the skill of the drivers who are part of this series. The excitement of the up coming F1 race in the afternoon was forgotten the moment the lights came on for the 10 lap race 2. The flag-waving crowds were enthralled by the high octane racing on display.
Jordan King once again started on pole ahead of Jon Lancaster, Mathew Mason, Luciano Bacheta and Alice Powell. Like in race 1 King was out-dragged on the first corner this time by Lancaster. But the sheer ferocity with which he pushed his car ensured, that a few laps later, he was in the right position to execute an overtaking manouvere that simply took the breath away. He was back in the lead and there was no stopping King till the chequered flag even as he clocked an incredible 1m:56.617s in lap 10.
He made the podium with a race time of 19m:37.050s over 10 laps. Lancaster kept the challenge up for a while but ran wide, hit a barrier and was out of the race. Conor Daly was in action again battling Luciano Bacheta right up to the last hundred meters but had to settle for third place as Bacheta held on to his second spot. Alice Powell once again finished a very close fourth to prove that racing skills are gender independent. Matthew Mason came in 5th and Hector Hurst finished in 6th place.
For Indian fans there was cause to cheer as Parthiv Sureshwaren proved his mettle coming tenth after winning a duel with Tom Gladdis that went down to the wire. Speaking at the end of the race during the presentation Mr. Arun Mammen, MD of MRF Limited stated, “It was great to see the drivers speeding around the course in the MRF Formula 2000 car on the bespoke MRF ZLO tyres we produced for this car. I am looking forward to the rest of the MRF Challenge 2012 in Chennai. We are taking this challenge into 2013 and expand it across the Asian continent, to bring the passion and excitement of this sport to more spectators.”