Sailesh Bolisetti to race in 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship for Lotus Sport UK
The 2010 Indian Volkswagen Polo Cup championship saw Sailesh Bolisetti emerge victorious in the motorsports event, and he’s ready to race for Lotus Sport UK in the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship taking his sportscar racing career to the next level. Bolisetti will be seen driving a Lotus Evora in the GT4 class of the series. The Lotus Evora GT4 registered 3 wins last year, the team’s maiden season.
Sailesh Bolisetti had this to say. “It is definitely a privilege to get an opportunity to represent a marquee with such a rich pedigree across a wide range of racing disciplines. Some of the best drivers in the business have been associated with Lotus, so I am extremely motivated and can’t wait for the season to kick off.” “Being associated with such a well-known name in racing is a great opportunity for me, especially one with such a rich pedigree across a uniquely wide range of disciplines. But I don’t take it as a pressure, I take it as a privilege – I’ll be driving for the same brand as some of my all time heroes and sporting legends and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Sailesh Bolisetti added, “This will be a completely different experience compared to driving in a one-make series (Scirocco Cup). The car’s obviously quicker than whatever I’ve driven before and handling is in a different league, given the mid-engined layout.” “But it is more than just the car. This is a factory team with a test-track, which is also used for F1 testing. Hence all their efforts and resources will be focused on making our car/driver combination as competitive as possible. It is a great commitment since brand Lotus will compete in the same grid as Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins, leaving no room for complacency.”
The 23 year Indian racer made his debut in the national saloon car series in 2008. As is customary for the Indian Volkswagen Polo Cup championship winner, Bolisetti went on to be part of the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in Europe after winning the inaugural 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup. The 2011 season in Europe can’t be his most memorable, keeping in mind he mostly raced at the back of the pack finishing in 15th place in the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup, a support series for Europe’s DTM championship.
Currently Sailesh Bolisetti also features in the Indian driver’s lineup for the debut 2012 i1 Supercar Series in the Middle East and Asia that comprises of 10 races with 9 teams representative of different Indian cities. The race will see the Radical Sportscars’ SR3 roadster on racetracks. With each team sending two drivers per race, one driver would have to be of Indian origin. As such from the chosen 27 drivers, 18 will be chosen for each race and drivers for the race weekend will be selected by the teams themselves.
Team Manager, Lotus Sport UK, Gary Ayles had this to say. “Sailesh is a strong talent that hadn’t been discovered in Europe, until now. I first got to know him and his father through my contacts in India, having been involved with the A1GP India team and raced over there in F3. We kept in contact and now Sailesh has come of age and is ready to race here in Europe with our team. You need to keep an eye on this lad. He’s a star in the making. “He added, “Sailesh is a strong talent that hadn’t been discovered in Europe, until now. I first got to know him through my contacts in India and we kept in touch. Now he has come of age and is ready to race here in Europe with our team – you need to keep an eye on this lad, he has immense potential.”
Bolisetti feels he is more prepared to race in Europe now with the experience gained racing Scirocco last year. His racing focus is on touring cars and as such racing in a competitive British championship for the factory-supported Lotus team would be a step forward to his goal of racing in DTM and Le Mans (World Endurance Championship). Gary Ayles says he looks forward to Indian pilots since his involvement with the Indian team of A1 GP, and he believes that Bolisetti has the ‘potential to make it big in GTs’. Sailesh has already driven the 355-bhp Evora GT4 race car at the Norfolk factory test track. His pre-season tests will ensure that he gets more track time over the next 2 months before the seven-round British GT season kicks off at Oulton Park on 7th April, 2012.