Vento Cup 2016’s first race kicked off under sunny conditions at Kari Motor Speedway near Coimbatore. With the temperatures going up, the drivers had a task to keep it cool inside the car and get through the first race without any major damages – a task that almost all of them accomplished. Driving clean almost throughout the race was a mix of new and old drivers who showed great signs of matured racing in the first race of the season.
Ishaan said, “This is an absolutely emotional victory for me. It’s my first one and has come after having a perfect weekend so far. I had the pace throughout and I knew I could win if I made it cleanly through the first corner.” He further added, “I would like to dedicate this victory to my dad on Father’s Day today who has been a fantastic support all the time.”
The second race was preceded by a lot of confusion owing to the changing weather conditions. With light drizzles setting in, the decision to go on slicks or wets was an important one. As the cars lined up to exit the pit lane on slicks, it started raining heavily and the cars were brought back into the pits for tyre change. A quick tyre change was done and the cars went out for a wet race.
Karminder Pal Singh commented after winning the second race of the day, “The conditions were really tough with wet track initially and then drying up. It was also the first time that we were out on wet tyres. So there was a lot to look out for while racing itself. But I managed to keep my cool and that’s a good way to sign off the weekend.”
Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, commented “I am extremely delighted to see the performance of the drivers today. The new ones have come very close to the experienced ones in a rather short period of time. Most importantly, they drove very clean in both the races; especially incredible to see a really matured driving from of them when the conditions were wet and tough.”
Volkswagen Vento Cup Race 1 Results:
|Sr. No.||Car Number||Name||Total Time||Best Lap|
|2||16||Karminder Pal Singh||+2.686||01:11.939|
|8||9||Sree Venkata Teja||+28.946||01:12.589|
Volkswagen Vento Cup Race 2 Results:
|Sr. No.||Car Number||Name||Total Time||Best Time|
|1||16||Karminder Pal Singh||15:20.697||01:12.969|
|9||9||Sree Venkata Teja||+37.310||01:15.394|
|16||19||Abhishek Vakil||+1 lap||01:18.968|
|17||4||Rajeev Srivastava||+2 lap||DNF|