Prashath Tharani gets his first win of the season by winning Race 1 of Round 2 of Polo R Cup 2013

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3.Prashanth Tharani leading the pack during Race 1

Prashanth Tharani won the 1st race of the weekend after a flawless driving throughout the race. Following him closely for the entire race in 2nd place was Jeffrey Kruger who also held on to his position from start to finish. Rahil Noorani showed excellent comeback after qualifying in 5th, dropping to 6th and eventually managing to finish on podium in 3rd position. The Vento Support Race which ran for the first time saw Shrivatsa Sinha clinching top honours. As the lights went off, all the drivers went gunning down the main straight to make positions with four of them entering the 1stcorner abreast. Pole setter Prashanth Tharani defended his position and that contributed greatly to the victory he took 15 laps later. Jeffrey Kruger kept putting pressure on Prashanth throughout the race but the latter managed to keep his cool and handled the situation well. Rahil Noorani didn’t have the perfect qualifying yesterday and started from 5th. Angad Singh Matharoo overtook him at the start of the race putting him on the 6thspot in the first lap itself.

However, he fought back and by lap 3, he was able to get into the 3rd position, which he held on till the end of the race. Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Motorsports, said, “The Race 1 today was an extremely exciting one to watch with quite a few overtakes throughout. It was interesting to see the mid-order drivers fighting ambitiously for the complete race and improving lap by lap. As usual, with the reverse grid, Race 2 will be exciting as ever and we expect some interesting results later in the afternoon.” Prashanth Tharani, winner of Race 1, commented, “It was thrilling to take the pole position yesterday and even better to win the race today. My sponsors had surprised me with a lot of branding for me on my way to the track and that definitely contributed to the motivation that I had to win this race! I hope I can carry forward my good form and perform well in Race 2 as well.” JK Tyre Volkswagen Vento Support Race Adding more action to the race weekend, Vento special race kicked off today’s proceedings at the Kari Motor Speedway, which was won by Pune’s Shrivatsa Snha. Pole sitter Siddharth Santosh started on a wrong foot by jumping the start and faced a penalty of 30 seconds.

Shrivatsa Sinha (Polo R Cup 2011 driver), who started second, overtook Siddharth in the first lap and then went on extending lead, lap on lap, winning with a margin of almost 20 seconds. Behind Shrivatsa, Sahil Gahuri and Siddharth had a constant battle going on and eventually Sahil finished behind Shrivatsa. Adithyan Ellan who crossed the checkered flag in 4th position, was declared 3rd since Siddharth had a 30 second penalty which put him at the 7th spot at the end of the race. Jamshed Patel, who started 8th on the grid, gave a tough fight to Adithyan but eventually had to settle at the 4thspot.

Race 1 result:

Pos.

Car No.

Driver Name (City)

Best Lap Time

Total Time

Difference

19Prashant Tharani (Chennai)1:15.81519:12.212
28Jeffrey Kruger (Johannesburg)1:15.71419:13.271+1.059
31Rahil Noorani (Mumbai)1:16.26319:23.552+11.340
42Angad Singh Matharoo (Chandigarh)1:16.44119:25.224+13.012
510Yatin Magu (New Delhi)1:16.30119:28.147+15.935
617Hanoosh Surapaneni (Hyderabad)1:16.23119:32.920+20.708
77Samarth Jaiswal (Mumbai)1:16.53719:33.569+21.357
85Gowdham Raj (Coimbatore)1:16.26719:39.744+27.532
912Divijraj Thakran (Gurgaon)1:16.73819:40.998+28.786
1020Gaurav Mehta (Pune)1:16.84019:41.734+29.521
1118Niranjan Todkari (Aurangabad)1:16.61119:44.277+32.065
1215Tanmay Ugale (Pune)1:17.28019:48.308+36.096
1314Anshul Shah (Nagpur)1:17.26219:53.277+41.065
1423Rakesh Ramkunar (Chennai)1:15.99119:53.832+41.620
153Maninder Singh Prince (New Delhi)1:16.38119:54.377+42.165
1616Venkatesh Shreyas(Coimbatore)1:17.55920:00.748+48.536
1711Shivjeet Malik (Gurgaon)1:16.22718:38.1211 lap
184Kartik Tharani (Chennai)1:16.11820:28.559+1:50.438
196Rahul Gupta (New Delhi)1:40.4691:46.46814 laps
2021Adnan Lehry (Chennai)

Vento Race results:

Pos.

Car No.

Driver Name (City)

Best Lap Time

Total Time

Difference

1

6

Shrivatsa Sinha

1:21.435

13:53.551

2

2

Sahil Gahuri

1:22.928

14:13.755

+20.204

3

4

Adithyan Ellan

1:22.954

14:17.663

+24.112

48Jamshed Patel1:22.24614:18.169+24.618
53Karan Makhija1:23.06014:29.852+36.301
61Himanshu Makhija1:24.37714:39.807+46.256
77Siddharth Santosh1:23.03514:41.839+48.288
85Ameet Ayare1:23.59004:30.7817 Laps
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