Oshan Kothadiya Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup 2012 debut: Finishes 16th at Hockenheim

Oshan Kothadiya made his international debut at Hockenheim track on April 28th, 2012 as he took part in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup 2012. The young Indian has been with Volkswagen Polo R Cup since its inception in 2010 and is third Indian and first from the city of Pune to take part in the Scirocco R-Cup in Germany.

Speaking of this participation, the young racer said that he was all excited to take part in these prestigious races. He began participating in the inaugural edition in 2010 while he finished as first runner up in the 2011 season. During this period, Oshan has learnt a lot about cars performance and how the car can be pushed to performance and where it can fail. With these two lessons tucked carefully under his belt, Oshan is all set to take on the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup 2012.

Oshan, 21 and student of AISSMS College of Engineering, Pune, was in Germany for pre season testing after which he prepared for race weekend, April 27 to 28, 2012, the 1st of 10.

The Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup season opener at Hockenheim saw Ola Nilsson emerge winner, with Finnish driver, Mika Salo coming in second. Oshan Kothadiya qualified in 21st place, and went on to finish the rcae in 16th place. In his words, “I’m simply happy to have finished. After 16th place there is certainly room for improvement. But in my first R-Cup race it was important for me to gather experience and to become more familiar with the car. The atmosphere is incredible for someone who is coming from India. I was warmly welcomed – by the drivers and the staff of Volkswagen and Volkswagen Motorsport. I’m very thankful for this. I’m already feeling at home.”

Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Kris Nissen had this to say, “Thousands of spectators got to enjoy a thrilling Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup opener. The many overtaking manoeuvres that came about not least thanks to the updated push-to-pass system were always fair – which is one of the hallmarks of the world’s most eco-friendly one-make cup. We got a taste of a great 2012 season here. All the people who are involved in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup can be proud of the fact that the Cup has been a success right from its first year and is getting better from year to year.”