In what could be termed as a very thrilling race with a nail biting finish, Bonnie Thomas narrowly edged past his rivals to win Race 2 of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2014. The race was held at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. Thomas fought an exciting battle with Angad Singh Matharoo and Anindith Reddy. The top five drivers were separated by a just about five seconds as they crossed the finish line.Race 2 started off with Bonnie Thomas in the reverse-grid pole position alongside Ishaan Dodhiwala while Race 1 winner Angad was in 8th position. Bonnie had a superb start and held on to his lead into turn 1. He was ahead of Anindith and Ishaan. The safety car was deployed on Lap 7 after Amlandeep Bora spun and stalled his car on Turn 9. Bonnie continued to lead with Anindith in second position while Ishaan dropped back down the order. Angad passed Anshul for third position and then darted off, passing Anindith for second position.Angad held that position for the next five laps, but he could not go past Bonnie's car. He came close on the penultimate lap as both drivers were side-by-side on the main straight but Bonnie edged past. Bonnie crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Angad and Anindith. For Bonnie this has been the first ever win.Karthik Tharani Singh, who started in 18th position, moved his way up through the field to finish in fifth position behind Karminder Pal Singh.A rally driver, Bonnie Thomas was a bit surprised to win his first race so early in the season. He later stated, "I just joined Volkswagen Polo R Cup to learn”. He noted that the round was tough and his fellow drivers were really good. “But starting on pole gave me the advantage. I tried my best to defend my position and maintain my lead,” he said.He thanked his coach Rayomand Banajee and driver Aditya Patel for guiding him during the race weekend. “A special thanks to Volkswagen Motorsport Head Sirish for giving me a chance at this truly professional racing series," he added.Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport noted that he was happy to see these close races and he said it is a testament to the hard work VW has put in its driver development program.Source: Volkswagen.
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