2012 Volkswagen Polo R Cup racer A Sandeep Kumar for Scirocco R-Cup 2013

As Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 ended at Buddh International Circuit, 2012 champions were crowned in various championship categories. Ameya Walavalkar won 2012 Volkswagen Polo…

As Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 ended at Buddh International Circuit, 2012 champions were crowned in various championship categories. Ameya Walavalkar won 2012 Volkswagen Polo R Cup with a massive margin while A. Sandeep Kumar was declared winner in the Pro Category. With this, Volkswagen India gives him a chance to represent the country at the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup in Germany. Junior category winner was Hanoosh Surapaneni who has received a sponsored seat in the 2013 Volkswagen Polo R Cup season.
Sandeep Kumar, leader in Pro Category had to contend with Raahil Noorani and Avdumber Hede but emerged a winner in the two races of round 6 thus gaining him a lead and top spot in the championships. He was selected for Scirocco as an entry from India due to his overall performance and consistency throughout the season. He will be offered a professional driver coach and a team manager to enable him to get geared up for the events.

A Sandeep Kumar is ecstatic on this opportunity which he has received to represent India in the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup and is confident of his performance despite being aware that competition will be at its peak. He is looking ahead at representing India and values this opportunity as a step ahead in his race career.

India auto news release:  Sandeep Kumar to represent India at 2013 Scirocco R-Cup

Hanoosh Surapaneni crowned the Volkswagen Polo R Cup Junior Champion 2012

Greater Noida, December 4, 2012 – Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 comes to an end with the finale being hosted at Buddh International Circuit. The end of the season marks the beginning of a new challenge for A. Sandeep Kumar who emerged as the winner of the Pro Category of Polo R Cup 2012 Championship as he gets a chance to represent the country in Scirocco R-Cup 2013 in Germany. In a ceremony post the last race of the season, Dr. John Chacko, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen Indian Pvt. Ltd., announced Sandeep as the recipient of the seat reserved for Polo R Cup India driver at Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Germany next year. Junior-category winner, Hanoosh Surapaneni, has been offered a sponsored seat in the 2013 season of Polo R Cup India.

The battle for the Pro Category Champioship was open and extremely close all the way till the last round of the season with Sandeep leading the pack of drivers with a fine margin over Raahil Noorani and Avdumber Hede. In the two races of the round 6, Sandeep emerged as the better driver amongst the competitors and claimed the crucial points to retain his top spot in the championship.

Dr. John Chacko said “This year, based on the overall performance of the driver, we have decided to send Sandeep to Sirocco R-Cup as the entry from India. Sandeep was very consistent throughout the season and this championship is very well deserved. We will also provide him a professional driver coach and a team manager so that he can concentrate fully on his driving.”

“I am ecstatic to have got the opportunity of representing India at Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. It’s my first year as a Polo R Cup driver and I was confident that I had a shot at winning the championship as the season progressed. Competition was tough, there were a lot of seasoned drivers, so it feels great to beat them and emerge as a winner. I believe I have put in a lot of hard work and built my points race on race. To represent India in the race crazy continent of Europe will be very challenging and I am looking forward to this crucial step in my race career”, said A. Sandeep Kumar.

The Junior Category winner, Hanoosh, will be awarded with a sponsored seat at 2013 season of Polo R Cup in India. On winning the sponsorship, Hanoosh said, “It feels great to end the season on such a great note. My plan was to get the basics of racing right, get comfortable with the car and perform consistently. I am glad that my efforts have paid off extremely well. I would like to thank Volkswagen Motorsport for giving me this opportunity and the support provided by the technicians and coaches throughout the season.”

Championship Standing after Round 6 of Volkswagen Polo R Cup India 2012:

Position Name Round 1-Race 1 Round 1- Race 2 Round 2-Race 1 Round 2-Race 2 Round 3-Race 1 Round 3-Race 2 Round 4-Race 1 Round 4-Race 2 Round 5-Race 1 Round 5-Race 2 Round 6-Race 1 Round 6-Race 2 Total
1 Ameya Walavalkar 10 16 30 20 60 48 60 32 60 48 60 32 476
2 A. Sandeep Kumar 20 12 17 24 48 40 28 60 24 34 40 34 381
3 Avdumber Hede 30 13 16 12 40 32 40 30 48 16 48 30 355
4 Rahil Noorani 12 14 24 17 26 26 48 40 34 60 26 26 353
5 Munjal Savla 17 15 7 10 24 34 34 28 26 30 34 48 307
6 Prashanth Tharani Singh 16 24 DNF 14 0 20 32 34 32 40 30 60 302
7 Saurav Bandyopadhay 13 10 11 15 28 10 30 48 40 32 28 28 293
8 Donovan Vaz 11 11 14 30 30 30 26 22 22 28 18 12 254
9 Mihir Dharkar 24 17 20 16 32 60 22 10 DNP DNP DNP DNP 201
10 Alisha Abdulla 15 30 DNF DNF 0 18 20 24 24 26 14 18 189
11 Hanoosh Surapaneni 8 8 13 6 16 14 18 20 20 22 20 24 189
12 Mahinder Khidia 9 7 10 9 12 16 10 14 18 24 24 20 173
13 Niranjan Todkari 7 5 9 8 20 8 16 18 16 18 22 22 169
14 Angad Singh Matharoo DNF DNS 15 7 18 28 12 12 28 DNF 12 14 146
15 Siddharth Sharma DNF 4 8 4 14 12 14 16 14 20 16 16 138
16 Ajay Kini 14