Parth Ghorpade, from Volkswagen Polo Cup to Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Championship

Parth GhorpadeParth Ghorpade the 19 year-old, Indian racer has confirmed that he will be participating in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS racing event. As he takes up this challenge he will be the first Indian o do so. Parth will be seen partnering Italian driver Danio Capitanio and will be driving for BMW Racing. This feeder series gives talented drivers a chance to take part in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.

Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS is a competitive race series that showcases skills of talented young driver’s in a grid featuring 30 cars. There are 30 drivers for the 2013 ALPS series who will fight tooth and nail for over seven rounds that feature two races each. Prior to each race day, there will be three test runs spanning over an hour on Friday followed by qualifying lap and first race installment on Saturday.

The second race will be held on Sunday. Renault 2.0 ALPS is powered by the Renault Clio III Renault engine that puts out 250 bhp of power and features a 7-speed paddle operated sequential gearbox along with push rod suspension. The teen racer’s feats include being 2012 Formula Pilota Asian Champion, 5 time National Karting Champion, and 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup India runner up.

Parth Ghorpade said, “The last few months have been tough as we have been deciding on which series to race in. We finally decided that while the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS is one of the most competitive series, it is the ideal platform for me at this stage of my career. I was surprised on how I adapted to the car with ease and I must thank the BVM Racing team for making this possible. Testing was very positive but there is a lot more work to do and I hope we can be competitive at the first race in Vallelunga. Testing also showed us how competitive this series is with the top 20 cars within one second of each other.”

Mario Gargiulo said, “I personally know very well Parth, because together we competed and won in the 2012 Formula Pilota Championship. I knew that he would be well adapted to the new car and that he also learned pretty quickly the tricks of a difficult track as Vallelunga. During the test his performance improved run after run and more importantly he gave important feedback to further develop the car. I’m sure we can have a very good season together and ensure that he gets due recognition in the European motorsport circles.”