Rajiv gets six points with the top 10 in ARRC
Zhuhai (China), August 11 () IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team driver Rajiv Sethu recorded his best result in the top 10, earning six points in the fifth round of the 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in the Zhuhai circuit here on Sunday.
Starting 14th, Rajiv fell to 18th before recovering 8 positions in 9 laps to finish in the Top 10 in an AP 250 race 2 full of action.
This is his second top 10 in his 3 ARRC seasons, his first in the Australian race 1 before.
Despite a decent fourteenth position on the grid, a bad start dragged Rajiv to the eighteenth final lap. But learning from yesterday, Rajiv continued his assault on the timesheets immediately and recorded his best time 1: 54: 055 on lap 2.
On lap 3, Rajiv won 5 positions. Now I was with the top group riding in less than 2 seconds apart. On lap 4, he won his old adversary Cao Viet Nam, placing him in position 12, but a mistake on lap 5 dragged him back to position 14.
Despite the internal fights, he maintained his metronomic rhythm until the eighth lap. It was on lap 9 that Rajiv surpassed the Malaysian trio of Nazirul Izzat, Muhammad Izam and Muzakkir Mohamed and finally finished in the Top 10.
Senthil Kumar started from the 7th row and his start pushed him to the 16th but moderated to the final 21st lap 1. On lap 3, Senthil regained 3 positions to the 18th. An error in the curves on lap 5 resulted in 3 runners who passed it, placing it in 21st place.
But continuing to challenge himself in the group of 6 runners, Senthil finally beat 3 runners in turn 1 and finished 17th with a general gain of 2 positions from the start. IDEMITSU Honda Racing India is tied for the 8 best teams in the AP 250 class with 32 points. ATK ATK