Vikash Anand won two races and scored a second place finish in the fifth and final round of the MRF Formula 1600 season to clinch the title and win a place in the ‘Mazda Road to Indy’ shootout as the fifth and final round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship concluded at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, on Sunday.
The Road to Indy is a ladder program in which drivers from around the world compete with one another to qualify for a seat in the Indycar series, which is North America’s premier open-wheel competition, almost on par with Formula 1 in terms of the speed of the cars.
Going into this weekend’s triple-header, Vikash Anand and Karthik Tharani were locked on 138 points. Anand began his campaign with a second place finish behind Tharani on Saturday, but won both the starts today to seal the championship.
“I worked hard to win this championship and I really can’t explain how I am feeling right now,” said Anand. “Indy is a great opportunity to go abroad and explore new opportunities and learn. I will give my best to be competitive.”
Anand’s title win was impressive as he had taken an 18-month long break from racing prior to getting his F1600 campaign underway, in which he scored six wins over the course of the season.