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Triple crown for Kolhapur's Jinendra Kiran Sangave


Kolhapur’s Jinendra Kiran Sangave won three of the four races while local lad Shreyas Hareesh topped the other in the FIM MiniGP World Series India 2022 held at the Meco Kartopia circuit here over the weekend.

Due to inclement weather conditions, it was decided to drop Hyderabad as venue for Rounds 2 and 3 and conduct them at the Meco Kartopia which had hosted the inaugural round last month. Rounds 4 and 5 will also be held at the same venue on September 3-4. Each round comprises two races. The series is restricted to riders in the age-group of 10-14 years.

Jinendra, 13, who had won a double in Round-1 last month, repeated the feat in Round-2 on Saturday with Shreyas Hareesh and Chennai’s Nandanan Mahendran finishing second and third, respectively. The riders finished in the same order in the first race of Round-3 held on Sunday, but in the next outing later in the day, Jinendra crashed in the very first lap, but managed to rejoin to finish third behind Shreyas and Nandanan.

After three rounds, Jinendra leads the series with 141 points, ahead of Shreyas (125), Nandanan (94) and Kochi’s Muhammed Zain Correya (64).

The results (all 15 laps):

Round-2: Race-1: 1. Jinendra Kiran Sangave (Kolhapur) (16mins, 09.931secs); 2. Shreyas Hareesh (Bengaluru) (16:13.057); 3. Nandanan Mahendran (Chennai) (16:28.164). Race-2: 1. Jinendra Kiran Sangave (16mins, 07.864); 2. Shreyas Hareesh (16:07.949); 3. Nandanan Mahendran (16:32.601).

Qualifying (top 4): 1. Jinendra Sangave (01:04.572); 2. Shreyas Hareesh (01:04.646); 3. Nandanan Mahendran (01:05.503); 4. Rakshith S Dave (Chennai) (01:06.868).

Round-3: Race-1: 1. Jinendra Kiran Sangave (16:30.852); 2. Shreyas Hareesh (16:31.104); 3. Nandanan Mahendran (16:35.155). Race-2: Shreyas Hareesh (16:07.031); 2. Nandanan Mahendran (16:15.289); 3. Jinendra Kiran Sangave (16:17.996).

Qualifying (top 4): 1. Jinendra Sangave (01:03.585); 2. Shreyas Hareesh (01:03.705); 3. Nandanan Mahendran (01:04.239); 4. Rakshith S Dave (Chennai) (01:05.853).

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