Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2014 driver selection at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore

A two-day comprehensive selection programme by Volkswagen Motorsport India kickstarted the way its 2014 Polo R Cup series shapes up. 12 drivers were chosen to join the previous season’s drivers for participation this year.

The 2 day Drivers’ Selection round held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore on March 5-6, 2014 saw 23 participants shortlisted from the many applications received. On Day 1, participants were given a brief introduction of race cars and modifications on it to enhance performance and safety along with familiarization of controls. Participants then undertook braking and slalom exercises to be judged on their basic control on car and responsiveness.

Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2014This was followed by driving sessions around the circuit under the guidance of Polo R Cup driver coach Rayomand Banajee. Armed with specifics of racing lines, braking markers and other track driving essentials, participants drove two timed sessions, after which 16 of 23 drivers were selected for Day 2 when four more driving sessions were judged. Lap times were given consideration in the final selection process. A fitness test was mandatory.

Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsports India, added, “This year we are going further in depth with driver development. Through the Drivers’ selection programme , we have handpicked the ones who have not only shown good pace in driving around a circuit, but also showcased hunger to learn what the driver coach had been teaching. Along with that, we will also be focusing deeper on physical and mental fitness of the drivers throughout the season.”

The selected 12 drivers from the Drivers’ Selection Round for Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2014:

S .No. Driver Name City
1 Anindith Reddy Hyderabad
2 Karminder Singh New Delhi
3 Utsav Shah Ahmedabad
4 Prabhanjan Hyderabad
5 Bonnie Thomas Thodapuza
6 Hari Kesav Bangalore
7 Mahatru Krishnamuthy Chennai
8 Arjun Bir Bangalore
9 Ishan Dodhiwala Hyderabad
10 Prashant Vats Faridabad
11 Amlandeep Bora Dibrugarh
12 Ebin Divakar Bangalore