A special race weekend
organised by Volkswagen Motorsport India on the side lines of the MRF Challenge
concluded on January 29, 2017 at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Gr.
Noida. Held as a three-race weekend, the event saw 10 prospective racers get a
chance to showcase their racing skills and win a fully sponsored seat in the
upcoming Ameo Cup 2017. These 10 drivers were joined by three guest racers to
make a 13-driver grid. The weekend began with Free Practice sessions on Friday,
followed by Qualifying session and first Race on Saturday and second &
third Races on the final day.
Starting Race 1 on pole,
Karminder Pal Singh dived into the first corner in lead and held it till the
end to secure a win. Starting the race in the second row, Sandeep Kumar made it
to the second spot after Karthik Tharani retired due to technical issue and
held on to the position till the chequered flag. Returning to racing after a
gap of four years and starting seventh on the grid, Ameya Walavalkar finished
on the last remaining spot on the podium.
Race 2 of the weekend started
with a reverse grid order of the Race 1 finishers with Gowdham Murugan starting
on pole position followed by Anmol Singh, Sean Parmeshwar and Jeet Jhabakh. The
Vento Cup 2016 Junior winner – Jeet Jhabakh took a jumpstart due to which had
to drive through the pit lane as a penalty at the end of lap 2. Ameya
Walavalkar and Karminder started sixth and eight on the grid respectively and
moved up to the first and second place by the end of the second lap. Anindith
Reddy who started ahead of Ameya on fifth place managed to climb up to third
spot by the end of third lap. The three-way battle between Ameya, Karminder and
Anindith for the first position on lap five saw Karminder and Anindith get past
Ameya. The top three retained their positions till the end of the race giving
Karminder a strong lead in the points tally going into race three.
The third race started with
Karminder on pole position followed by Anindith and Sandeep in second and third
position. Karminder made no mistake at the launch and got the hole shot into
the first corner. Anindith followed him into the second position while Ameya
made an early move on Sandeep to get in the third position. While Karminder and
Anindith held on to their positions, Sandeep and Ameya swapped places a couple
of times. Finally, it was Sandeep who passed Ameya on the second lap to grab
the third spot. By the end of lap 2, it was Karminder leading, Anindith in a
closed second, Sandeep in third and Ameya fourth. These top drivers held on to
their respective positions all the way to the chequered flag.
With all three races to his
name, it was clean run for Karminder over the weekend. He now gets a fully
sponsored entry into the Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2017.
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