Vishnu Prasad retains his lead in the Championship standings after Round Three of JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2011

Vishnu Prasad retains his lead in the Championship standings after Round Three of JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2011

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Round Three of Polo R Cup 2011 saw new drivers emerge as winners making the competition more exciting than ever. After Round Three, Vishnu Prasad retains his lead in the championship standings with 170 points even after a quick exit in Race Two followed closely by Avdumber Hede who is now at 151 points. Oshan Kothadiya and Rahil Noorani maintain their third and fourth position in the standings with 146 and 135 points respectively.

Race One saw Vishnu start from pole position and maintain his lead throughout. Ajay Kini and Rahil Noorani came second and third respectively in Race One. All drivers were driving on wet tyres due to the track conditions. Vishnu in car # 22 had a great start and managed to pull away from the pack right from the first lap. Behind him, Ajay moved into second position with Rahil and Oshan battling closely for 3rd position. Vishnu extended his lead to 8 seconds before the safety car came out on lap 7 as Polo R Cup rookie driver Varun Das toppled over at one of the tricky corners of the track which had many wet patches. Vishnu managed to keep his lead at the restart and cruised to victory with Ajay and Rahil finishing behind him 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Race Two saw Avdumber clinch his first victory of the season. Starting 4th, he got past Vidit Jain and race leader Prateek Dalal on lap 5. Once in the lead, he never looked back increasing the difference between him and the rest of the pack, racing his way to the checkered flag for his first ever Polo R Cup victory. Prateek in car # 11 who was also on the podium for the first time reached the finish line within 05.969 seconds of Avdumber. He had a tough time defending his 2nd position from Oshan who finished 3rd. Championship leader Vishnu had a great first race but had to retire from race two in the 8th lap due to a collision.

The Championship standings after Round 3 of JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2011, as well as the podium results from the 2 races:

 Sr.No.

Driver 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

TOTAL

1

Vishnu Prasad

30

30

20

30

60

EX

170

2

Avdumber Hede

15

16

16

12

32

60

151

3

Oshan Kothadiya

16

15

17

24

34

40

146

4

Rahil Noorani

17

03

30

15

40

30

135

5

Ajay Kini

DNP

DNP

24

20

48

32

124

6

Mihir Dharkar

24

24

15

14

24

10

111

7

Alisha Abdullah

13

20

3

16

28

28

108

8

Prateek Dalal

DNF

DNF

11

17

30

48

106

9

Munjal Savla

14

17

7

8

22

26

94

10

Vidit Jain

5

5

6

10

26

34

86

11

Abhinav Aditya Agarwal

11

13

13

11

10

14

72

12

Achintya Mehrotra

7

11

10

9

16

18

71

13

Sourav Bandyopadhyay

10

8

DNF

6

20

22

66

14

Angad Singh Matharoo

8

4

4

3

18

24

61

15

Donovan Vaz

6

10

14

5

14

12

61

16

Saif Mir

20

14

12

13

DNP

DNP

59

17

Aditya Pawar

9

12

5

4

8

20

58

18

Swamathia Rayen

4

6

8

DNF

12

16

46

19

Lawrence Taur

DNF

7

9

7

DNP

DNP

23

20

Sayeed Shaikh

12

9

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

21

DNF: Did Not Finish

DNP: Did Not Participate

EX: Excluded from the race

Podium Positions for Race 1 of Round 3

 

Position

Name

Total time

Vishnu Prasad

00:22:36.484

Ajay Kini

00:22:39.012

Rahil Nooroani

00:22:41.046

 

Podium Positions for Race 2 of Round 3

 

Position

Name

Total time

Avdumber Hede

00:20:51.568

Prateek Dalal

00:20:57.537

Oshan Kothadiya

00:20:58.048

Thanks to its proven concept of promoting young talent abroad, the Polo Cup enjoys the reputation of being an ideal stepping stone to enter professional racing. Building on its success with the debut Polo Cup India last year, Volkswagen Motorsport will continue to make Polo R Cup the premier touring car championship in the country.

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