Aamby Valley: Hyderabad-based Neeraj Sharma scorched the quarter-mile track of the Aamby Valley air strip to finish with the distinction of ‘Fastest Time’ of the India Speed Week Drag Race-Cup (Round-1 –The Valley Run), held at the picturesque outskirts of Lonavala this weekend.
Representing Team Blaze, Neeraj, astride a BMW S1000RR, clocked the only sub-10 second dash recorded in the final runs of competition held over three days. The 9.898 seconds effort in the O2-Open Class (Foreign – 551cc & Above, Unrestricted) topped the speed charts and with it was also the ‘Fastest Foreign Bike’ on view.
Neeraj performance was peppered by the training stint he had at the Rickey Gadson Drag Racing School (RGDRS) conducted by the American 11-time world champion himself before the event.
While this type of motorsport is all about a test of acceleration over a short distance, the key to being fastest revolves around syncing reaction time from a standing start to attaining top speed until the finish or vice versa.
In end analysis, Neeraj’s reaction time (RT) of 0.039s proved to be a big factor, when compared to third placed Stephen Panchigalla who was ‘quickest’ actually. Stephen with 0.306 (RT) had the best elapsed time (ET) 9.743s as compared to Neeraj’s 9.859s (ET).
The event for both two and four wheelers overall was combined with participants competing for the Cup races, which is part of the three round series that ISW has launched this year and for Open races. The other two rounds shall be in two cities which shall be announced later this year.
A total of six classes (M2, M4, M6, M7, M9, M10) made up Cup, for which points are awarded and carried on to the next two rounds.