Coimbatore : After an incredible build-up that led him to start the race from pole position, Nayan Chatterjee was unable to finish his race due to a collision at the JK Tyre – FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship in Coimbatore. Nayan faced a couple of technical issues in the lead-up to the race too, but managed to overcome that handicap with a series of skillful overtaking manoeuvres.
In Nayan’s own words ‘My pole position was compromised but I still managed to set the second fastest lap, just 0.070 seconds off the pace! Imagine what could have been. Being rear-ended on the formation lap was unexpected suggesting the level of racing among some competitors isn’t up to standards. I am sure officials will have a closer look at that. I tried to defend P2 as much as I could but with the handicap it set me back.’
Nayan managed to remain optimistic though ‘But then we have to look for positives. Winning the pre-final race from P8 was immensely satisfying. I had to pull off overtaking moves again, and I did those cleanly, as it should be. This weekend was very strong in terms of my pace, as proven in Heat 2 as well when I almost clinched second despite starting last after reliability issues struck early.’