The Race One of Round Two of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup turned out to be brimmed with drama. Following two crashes, the race turned out to be dramatic the moment when it unfolded in a three-split race. Ameya Walavalkar, the one with car #1, was the one who won the shortened 8-lap first race. It was Rahil Noorani (car #20) and Mihir Dharkar (car #19) who occupied the second and the third position respectively.
As far as the final race classification is concerned, it was Ameya’s, Rahil’s and Mihir’s aggregate of all the three parts of the race that were taken into account for the same. Ameya’s total aggregate time turned out to be 10:34.617 seconds even after having three restarts to tackle. On the other hand, Rahil’s total aggregate time was 7.346 seconds, while it was 18.327 seconds for Mihir.
The race demonstrated a couple of red flags. The first red flag was shown as Prashanth Tharani Singh clashed with Ajay Kini and the car got stuck in the racetrack. The second red flag was shown when the first restart champion Alisha Abdulla was punted off in the first corner. After the second restart, it was finally Ameya who took the lead and maintained it till the he passed by the chequered flag.
Asmeya Walavalkar stated that it’s been a fantastic weekend for him with pole position and two podium finishes. The first race was tough even though he was leading the entire time. The two restarts were particularly challenging but he actually managed to pull away both times which played a big role in his victory. He further added that in the second race finishing third after starting eighth on the grid was a great result as his aim was to finish on the podium. He has been very consistent this weekend and hopes to continue this for the rest of the season.
He further added that it was an unbelievable feeling to win his maiden Polo R Cup race. His qualifying didn’t go too well last day but the final result has more than made up for it. Ameya didn’t lag to thank the team of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup as he said he would like to thank the entire Volkswagen Motorsport team and especially his mechanics for their unparalleled support. He was finally found to be optimistic as he was spotted stating that he hopes to carry on the form for the rest of the season.
When Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, Prithviraj Siddappa was asked about his experience of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup, he said that it actually was a thrilling race weekend for all. The specialty was the two excellent races. The entire team was fantastic as usual and reacted well to the red flag situation. He added that VW Motorsport India now has four race winners from four races so there is no specific leader out in front, which makes the season more interesting. He further said that while Race One was full of incidents, Race Two was clean and very closely contested between the top eight drivers.
Here are the results the timings of the drivers in the Race One of Round Two of JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012:
|4.||A. Sandeep Kumar||5||10:53.417|
|6.||Angad Singh Matharoo||21||11:10.665|
|20.||Prashanth Tharani Singh||7||DNF|
It was because of Diego Duez’s 20 seconds penalty for jumping the start line (Duez was at the pole in the Race Two) that gave Donovan Vaz his first ever podium and Volkswagen Polo R Cup with Sandeep Kumar and Ameya Walavalkar behind him. Initially Sandeep Kumar was sent to the back of the grid after he violated the rule of changing tyres within the stipulated 3 minuets time. He eventually finished in the fourth position after passing 13 cars.
Following the Race One, the Race Two witnessed a tough competition between the top eight drivers. The results of the Race Two demonstrate it all. Here are the results and timings of the Race Two of Round Two of the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012:
|Position||Driver||Car #||Total Time|
|2.||A. Sandeep Kumar||5||19:32.931|
|7.||Prashanth Tharani Singh||7|