Honda Stunner Cup: Round Two
The weather at the Kari Motor Speedway indicated that heavy showers were to be expected soon, but as the motorsport fraternity gathered at the circuit on last Friday, the cloud cover gave way to the sun and the race-track gleamed under sunlight. Second round of the Honda Stunner Cup which runs as a support race to the UCAL Rolon National Racing Championship was held last weekend at the Kari Motor Speedway Circuit in Chettipalayam, near Coimbatore. This time the Honda Stunner Cup saw significant increase in the number of participants but it was kept limited to the first sixty entries only. Riders came from across the country and Honda also provided some of them with full riding gear except helmets on a rental basis.
In addition to the Stunner Cup, which was only for Novice (newcomers) riders, Honda also organized a race for Intermediate and Expert class of riders. The professional racers were handed over thirteen CBR 150 motorcycles imported from Thailand specifically for the Honda Stunner Cup. Out of the thirteen riders, only the top ten fastest riders from the qualifying session were entitled to race in the CBR150 class. However, this time the CBR150 motorcycles were injected with stage one performance upgrades ordered by HMSI directly from Endurance Systems, Thailand.
The Thailand-based company is known for developing high-quality performance parts for the Honda CBR150. The race-bikes allotted this time for the CBR class, had a modified ECU coupled with a stage one-free flow exhaust system and rear-set pegs. However, the bikes were still running old tyres from last round and this severely restricted the riders from making use of the additional horsepower.
Honda Stunner Race One:
Once the qualifying session was completed on Friday, the fifteen fastest riders were short listed for the two races. As the lights went off for the first race on Saturday, all the riders shot off the line with Renn Johnson and last round's second place finisher A Prabhu, engaging in a dog fight right from the first lap. Both carried good pace but A Prabhu made a few mistakes in the last two laps of the 6-lap race but Johnson continued with his form from start to finish taking home the victory while Prabhu had to settle for second spot. M Anand took the third place on the podium while most of the other riders on the grid failed to match the pace of the front runners.
Stunner Race 1 Results:
1- Renn Johnson
2 - A Prabhu
3 - M Anand