Coimbatore, Aug 4 (PTI) Chennai duo of Vishnu Prasad and Joseph Matthew will start as strong favourites when the second round of the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship gets under way at the Kari Motor Speedway, here tomorrow. Also Read - Vision of US For Sri Lanka Very Different From ‘Predator’ China, Says Pompeo

Vishnu and Joseph are touted as favourites after comprehensively winning all their races in the opening round of the Euro JK 17 and the Suzuki Gixxer Cup. Also Read - India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Talks: PM Modi Pitches For Devolution of Powers by Lankan Govt to Minority Tamils

Kolhapur’s Chittesh Mandody was equally imperious in the LGB Formula 4, sweeping the maximum possible 30 points. He, however, would be aware that defending champion Vishnu feels very much at home in this category and can upset his applecart. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Heavy Rains Paralyse City, IMD Warns of 'Flooding', Local Trains Suspended Due to Waterlogging; BMC Declares Holiday

In the JK Tyre RedBull Road to Rookie Cup, Sri Lanka’s Jaden Gunawardena remained unbeatable in the first round. But as he is not eligible for points, Aizawl’s young Lalhruaizela is ahead on the table with second and third-place finishes.

“The season has begun on a spectacular start. The drivers now know what they are up against. They will come up with new plans and tactics to counter the field. It’s going to be exciting,” Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyre Motorsports, said.

All eyes will be on Vishnu (40 points) when the curtain goes up this weekend. He didn’t take long to get used to the BMW FB02 car and surprised everybody by breezing to victory in each of his races.

Second placed Anindith Reddy (27 points) and Nayan Chatterjee (24 points), though will be breathing down his neck.

Hyderabad’s Anindith, last year’s winner, and Mumbai’s Nayan, second runner-up, have not only pedigree and speed but also enough experience in this car.

One good weekend for either could easily open up the race. Bengaluru’s Akash Gowda is not far behind too, with 21 points in his kitty.

The introduction of a couple of two-wheeler categories as support races has added spice and variety for the spectators, making the championship even more exciting.

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