Round 2 of JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup kicked off today with an exciting qualifying session in which the experienced drivers once again showed their upper hand over the rookie drivers. Prashanth Tharani from Chennai was the fastest driver on the track today.
Following him closely was South Africa’s Jeffrey Kruger. Rookie driver Samarth Jaiswal will start 3rd while Yatin Magu will join him on the 2nd row and start from 4th spot. The experienced drivers once again showed their skills over the rookie drivers as four out of top five are drivers from earlier Polo R Cup seasons. Even more interestingly, all four of them were able to set the fastest lap in their very first flying lap. Prashanth Tharani managed to secure the pole position by setting a lap time of 1:14.844, 0.255 seconds clear of Jeffrey Kruger who took the 2nd spot. The only rookie driver to make it with the top runners was Samarth Jaiswal who set went fastest on his 8th lap. He will start 3rd and it will be a challenge for the rookie to defend his position alongside the ace drivers. Total 19 drivers will start Race 1 on Sunday as Adnan Lehry had a crash and will not be able to make it to the grid due to a damaged car.
Besides the Polo action, Volkswagen Motorsport, for the first time, has organised a Support Race tomorrow, in which Volkswagen Vento cars will be racing against each other. The Vento race drivers had 2 practice sessions on Friday before they made it to the qualifying today. Siddharth Santosh took the pole position for this race while Shrivatsa Sinha will start from second place.
The weekend has another unique race of sorts, featuring Radio Controlled Cars. The competition will include 3 heat sessions of 10 minutes each and a final race of 15 minutes. There are 16 professional RC cars’ controllers registered for participating in this race. The event has been organised by the veteran racer Mr. G.D. Rajkumar, an expert at radio controlled cars himself. The heats will be conducted throughout the day between racing events and the final race will be conducted during lunch time.
The qualifying grid for Race 1 of Round 2 of Polo R Cup:
Driver Name (City)
Best Lap Time
|Prashant Tharani (Chennai)|
|Jeffrey Kruger (Johannesburg)|
|Samarth Jaiswal (Mumbai)|
|4||10||Yatin Magu (New Delhi)||1:15.582||+0.738|
|5||1||Rahil Noorani (Mumbai)||1:15.600||+0.756|
|6||6||Rahul Gupta (New Delhi)||1:15.808||+0.964|
|7||2||Angad Singh Matharoo (Chandigarh)||1:15.815||+0.971|
|8||4||Kartik Tharani (Chennai)||1:15.823||+0.979|
|9||23||Rakesh Ramkunar (Chennai)||1:16.227||+1.383|
|10||14||Anshul Shah (Nagpur)||1:16.284||+1.440|
|11||17||Hanoosh Surapaneni (Hyderabad)||1:16.568||+1.724|
|12||20||Gaurav Mehta (Pune)||1:16.683||+1.839|
|13||12||Divijraj Thakran (Gurgaon)||1:16.819||+1.975|
|14||3||M S Prince (New Delhi)||1:16.828||+1.984|
|15||5||Gowdham Raj (Coimbatore)||1:16.922||+2.078|
|16||11||Shivjeet Malik (Gurgaon)||1:16.944||+2.100|
|17||15||Tanmay Ugale (Pune)||1:16.999||+2.155|
|18||18||Niranjan Todkari (Aurangabad)||1:17.198||+2.354|
|20||21||Adnan Lehry (Chennai)||—||—|
The qualifying grid for Volkswagen Vento special race:
Driver Name (City)
Best Lap Time