Ameya Walavalkar is Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 Champion

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Ameya Walavalkar has been crowned as the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 Champion in style when he passed pre-race favourite and leader Jeffrey John Kruger on the last lap to win Race 1 at the Buddh International Circuit. Ameya becomes the third winner of the only one make series in India, the Volkswagen Polo R Cup, after Sailesh Bolisetti and Vishnu Prasad. Prashanth Tharani Singh won Race 2 ahead of Munjal Savla and Jeffrey John Kruger.

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In Race 1, Jeffrey, one of the two guest drivers from South Africa, had a strong start and pulled away from pole position. Ameya too had an excellent start and overtook Avdumber Hede in the first corner on lap 1. Ameya and Avdumber started closing in on Jeffrey in lap 4 when he lost some pace. Ameya caught Jeffrey with one lap to go and got the perfect opportunity to pass him and pulled off a great move at the end of the long straight to win his 4th race of the season. Ameya finished Race 1 with a final time of 14:48.856 with Jeffrey 0.745 seconds behind and Avdumber a 1.276 seconds behind the leader respectively.

In Race 2, pole sitter Prashanth Tharani Singh led from the start to finish and took his first Polo R Cup victory. Behind him Munjal Savla and Siddharth TT battled all race long with the latter unable to get past. Jeffrey took advantage of the battle ahead of him and got past Siddharth on the final lap to take the final podium position. Prashanth finished first in Race 2 with a total time of 12:18.930 with Munjal 4.160 seconds behind him and Jeffery another 0.108 seconds behind Munjal. Race 2 was a 5 lap race instead of 6 laps, owing to an accident during the formation lap.

Volkswagen 2012 Polo R Cup Champion Ameya Walavalkar was ecstatic after being crowned the Champion. Ameya commented, “It is an unbelievable feeling to win the Volkswagen Polo R Cup. I would like to dedicate this victory to the entire Volkswagen Motorsport team who have worked closely with me to make this possible. I am overwhelmed to be at the BIC. Jeffrey set the benchmark yesterday but I was lucky to get ahead of Avdumber at the start which set the tone for the rest of the race. I kept up with Jeffrey and finally got past him on the last lap.”

Race 2 winner Prashanth Tharani Singh was extremely excited with his first ever Polo R Cup win. He commented, “I am really happy to win my first race especially at the BIC. This circuit is brilliant to drive on and really challenging. The start was crucial and once I got ahead, all I wanted to do was set consistent laps and retain the lead. This is the perfect ending to a good season.”

Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, said, “The Sidvin Festival of Speed is an important milestone in Indian motorsport and we are thrilled to be part of it. It is not often you get Volkswagen, JK Tyre and MRF Tyres under one roof for one spectacular event. This season has been fantastic and the season finale at the BIC is definitely the highlight of the year. I would like to congratulate Ameya for winning the Championship and no one can be more deserving than him. All the drivers have really improved drastically over the season and it is great for us to see that. Most importantly I would like to thank the Volkswagen Motorsport team for the endless hours they have spent in making this championship a success.”

 

The results and total times of top 3 drivers from Race 1 of Round 6

Position

Car No.

Driver

Total Time

1.

1

Ameya Walavalkar

14:48.856

2.

20

Jeffrey John Krugger

14:49.601

3.

2

Avdumber Hede

14:50.132

The results and total times of top 3 drivers from Race 2 of Round 6

Position

Car No.

Driver

Total Time

1.

7

Prashanth Tharani Singh

12:18.930

2.

6

Munjal Savla

12:23.090

3.

20

Jeffrey John Krugger

12:23.198

Championship Standings after all the 6 Rounds of JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup India 2012:

Position Name Round 1-Race 1 Round 1- Race 2 Round 2-Race 1 Round 2-Race 2 Round 3-Race 1 Round 3-Race 2 Round 4-Race 1 Round 4-Race 2 Round 5-Race 1 Round 5-Race 2 Round 6-Race 1 Round 6-Race 2 Total
1 Ameya Walavalkar 10 16 30 20 60 48 60 32 60 48 60 32 476
2 A. Sandeep Kumar 20 12 17 24 48 40 28 60 24 34 40 34 381
3 Avdumber Hede 30 13 16 12 40 32 40 30 48 16 48 30 355
4 Rahil Noorani 12 14 24 17 26 26 48 40 34 60 26 26 353
5 Munjal Savla 17 15 7 10 24 34 34 28 26 30 34 48 307
6 Prashanth Tharani Singh 16 24 DNF 14 0 20 32 34 32 40 30 60 302
7 Saurav Bandyopadhay 13 10 11 15 28 10 30 48 40 32 28 28 293
8 Donovan Vaz 11 11 14 30 30 30 26 22 22 28 18 12 254
9 Mihir Dharkar 24 17 20 16 32 60 22 10 DNP DNP DNP DNP 201
10 Alisha Abdulla 15 30 DNF DNF 0 18 20 24 24 26 14 18 189
11 Hanoosh Surapaneni 8 8 13 6 16 14 18 20 20 22 20 24 189
12 Mahinder Khidia 9 7 10 9 12 16 10 14 18 24 24 20 173
13 Niranjan Todkari 7 5 9 8 20 8 16 18 16 18 22 22 169
14 Angad Singh Matharoo DNF DNS 15 7 18 28 12 12 28 DNF 12 14 146
15 Siddharth Sharma DNF 4 8
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