Day 1 of the JK Tyre Polo R
Cup 2014 saw some crashes as Race 1 began its first lap. On the first lap, at
the first turn Anshul Shah drove off the track and lost his grip, hitting Lee
Keshav’s car and toppled. Lee Keshav’s car in turn hit Yatin Magu and as a
result, all three were forced to retire from the race. The safety car was
brought in from the second lap till the fourth lap allowing Karthik Tharani to
keep his lead safe. As the race restarted, Karthik managed to keep his lead
over the remaining two laps and held back an aggressive Anindith Reddy in
second. Guest driver Andre Gies crossed the line in third in his first
appearance on India’s Formula 1 circuit at the Buddh International Circuit
(BIC) in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi.
But just before the second race of the day
started, the weather conditions changed and a light drizzle forced the drivers
to shift to wet tyres. The delay caused due to the shift forced a rolling start
to the Race 2. Guest driver Ameya Bafna owned the race as he finished on the
top after starting third on the grid. He made a move on the second lap itself
and took the lead which he retained all the way till the end. The hero of the
second race however was Race 1 winner Karthik Tharani who steadily moved from
eighth position at the start of the race to second position by the second last
lap and managed to hold it to the finish line. Angad Singh Matharoo finished
off the podium in third position.
With these results, Karthik Tharani clinched
maximum points in both the races (Ameya Bafna being guest driver was not
entitled for championship points) and has moved up to second spot in the
championship while Karminder Pal Singh, who has been leading the championship
after Round 3, still retains his lead 33 points ahead of Karthik. Bonnie Thomas
stands third in the points tally with one race to go for the end of the season.
Angad Singh Matharoo and Anindith Reddy hold fourth and fifth spots in the
Race 3 of Polo R Cup 2014
season’s last round will be held on December 14, 2014 (tomorrow) at the BIC with
top five drivers within 60 points of each other.
Sirish Vissa, Head of
Volkswagen Motorsport India, commented “The drivers have been showing
consistent improvement on their driving and today we saw the fastest lap times
here at BIC since we started. This is a clear indication how the drivers are
developing and improving their pace from one weekend to the other.” He further
added, “The last race tomorrow is expected to bring in more action as we still
have the Championship open for top five drivers. This is one of the closest
competitions in a season that we have seen so far.”
Volkswagen Polo R
Cup Round 4 Race 1
Anindith Reddy Konda
Karminder Pal Singh
Angad Singh Matharoo
Gaurav Anil Mehta
Mahatru Mahadev Krishnamurthy
Lee Keshav Gupta
Volkswagen Polo R Cup Round 4 Race 2
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