- Woman racer Alisha Abdullah finished in 2nd position
- Debutant Prashanth Tharani Singh finished in 3rd position in his first Polo R Cup round
Coimbatore, July 08, 2012 – Mexican driver Deigo Duez created history by becoming the first international driver to win in the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup when he crossed the finish line in first place at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. The second race of Round 1 saw a completely different podium compared to the first race with Alisha Abdullah and Prashanth Tharani Singh taking the 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Deigo finished the race with a total time of 19:17.543 seconds. Alisha finished seven seconds behind the leader with 3rd place Prashanth a mere six-tenths behind her.
Deigo, who started third on the grid, jumped into the lead after passing both Ajay Kini and Alisha and comfortably maintained his lead till the end of the race. Behind him there was a close battle for second place with Alisha impressively holding her own ahead of Prashanth. Pole sitter Ajay could only manage 4th position after a poor start and spent most of the race holding off Mihir Dharkar. Experienced racer Ameya Walavalkar put on great performance by finishing 6th, after starting back in 12th position.
Race winner Deigo Duez said, “I would like to thank Volkswagen Motorsport and JK Tyre for making it possible for me to be here. It was quite an experience and I am very thrilled with the result. I drove aggressively for the entire race and was very harsh on the tyres but I am happy to have created a big gap between Alisha and me. The track is great and the car felt amazing to drive.”
Second placed driver Alisha Abdullah said, “I have been confident the whole weekend with my pace as my lap times have been closer to my competitors as compared to last year. I am extremely satisfied with the result and hope to be on the podium many more times this season. I have a great team pushing me all the way and would like to thank them for the support.”
Third placed Prashanth Tharani Singh said, “It is a completely new experience for me and it feels great to be on the podium in my first ever Polo R Cup round. The technical team and coaches at Volkswagen Motorsport have played a big role in making me feel comfortable with the car. Alisha was very aggressive and I was very close behind but I did not want to do anything rash to compromise my position.”
Mr. Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsports, India said “It is great to be back at the Kari Motor Speedway. I would like to thank all the drivers for putting on a fantastic show. We had a pre-season test at the Buddh International Circuit earlier this year and that helped us to analyze the driver’s performance in the petrol TSI Race Polo. I would like to thank all our sponsors for the tremendous support they have given us to promote young talent in India. The Volkswagen technical team has done a great job all weekend to prepare the cars.”
Results and total times from Race Two of Round One of the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012.
Total Time (15 laps)
Prashanth Tharani Singh
04:48.358 (2 laps)
Angad Singh Matharoo
The Polo R Cup 2012 will have six race weekends, which is similar to previous year’s schedule. The season has begun with the current round and will be on till December of this year. Besides Coimbatore, race will take place on Chennai and Noida tracks, as per the calendar below:
- Round 2 July 28-29, 2012 Coimbatore KMS
- Round 3 Aug 25-26, 2012 Chennai MMRT
- Round 4 Sep 15-16, 2012 Chennai MMRT
- Round 5 Dec 01-02, 2012 Noida JPSI
- Round 6 Dec 14-16, 2012 Chennai MMRT