Race Report: 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup – Round 4

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Like we said earlier, the Chennai racetrack is getting busier. The PoloCup proved to be one more reason.

The 4th round of the only one-make race of its kind (for cars) was hosted by the MMSC race track, Irungattukottal, Chennai on 25th-26th September. 2 Days of Adrenaline pumping action was enough for the drivers and the spectators to be thrilled to the core. As you already know, the PoloCup runs with the JK Tyre National Racing Championship, alongside the Formula LGB Swift and Super Saloon categories – and some of the drivers who participated in more than one class, like Polo Cup championship leader Shailesh Bolisetti included, had a tough time switching back from one car to another, from one race suit into another and from one style of driving to another. And as if that wasn’t enough, all of them to had to keep their cool and try their best at find grip as the Almighty decided to shower his blessings in the form of scattered rainfall!

The championship is already very competitive, but now with a few more twists in the tale, it becomes even more interesting. Refer to the current Championship Standings and they will be enough to tell what tale I’m talking about here.

Race 1 saw Championship Leader Sailesh Bolisetti take off to a flying start only to fall short behind Vishnu Prasad who maintained the lead for most of the race. However, as a drizzle flew in, the conditions changed. While Vishnu Prasad tried his best to maintain his line in the compromised traction, his car was plagued by a mechanical failure when he least expected it, leaving him stranded alongside the track. But with his consistent laps throughout and composed drive, Shailesh Bollisetti converted his advantage into a win. However, it wasn’t easy, as the lack of traction saw Vikash Anand and Parth Ghorpade close in and give him tough competition. The latter duo took the second and the third spot on the podium.Vishnu Prasad and Shrivatsa Sinha were the only non-finishers in this race. However, Shrivatsa Sinha needs a special mention. Being a total newcomer not only to Chennai, but also to the Polo Cup, Shrivatsa put in some impressive lap times (in the region of 2min07s) as the race progressed. The rookie even moved up five places before falling prey to the tricky weather conditions, sliding onto the kerbs and damaging his tie-rod. Continue Reading…

Race 2 was where things changed, and mind it (Chennai style) the change wasn’t small! Shailesh Bolisetti got involved in an incident with female racer Alisha Abdullah and Oshan Kothadiya in the first lap itself, thus falling all the way to the back end of the field. Though he did recover and gain places afterward, Shailesh only managed to finish 8th. Meanwhile Parth Ghorpade maintained his consistent performance throughout the race and earned himself a clean victory ahead of an equally consistent and focused Mohd. Fahad Kutty. Imran Majid took the third position and his first podium finish in the 2010 Polo Cup. Though Sailesh finished 8th he still maintains the lead in Championship Standings and has a meagre 20 point lead over Parth – who all charged up and raring to go. Will the standings shuffle with only two more rounds (four more races) to go? We’ll have to wait and watch!

Wait till the next round for more action, which again will be hosted by MMSC between 27th and 28th November and Motoroids will be happily covering it. Keep your eyes open for updates…

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