Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2013 selection for 13 drivers

4.A participant undergiong the braking testVolkswagen Polo R Cup 2013 selections saw drivers being put through selection rounds on the basis of a two day program. This program was organized by VW Motorsport India wherein all participants were put through a battery of tests following which 13 drivers will join the last season’s pro drivers for the Polo R Cup 2013 season.

The fourth season of Polo R Cup started with a two day selection program being held at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. 35 participants were put through various tests over a period of two days during which they got a hands on experience where circuit driving is concerned on a road spec Polo car. The first day of training saw the participants being introduced to controls in the vehicles besides testing the vehicle’s brakes and performance around the circuit under the guidance of Rayomand Banajee, National Karting Champion and Arjun Balu, National Racing Champion. Day 1 saw the shortlisting of 24 out of 35 drivers.

Day 2 saw these shortlisted drivers going through 4 more driving sessions out of which a final 13 were selected, following which these drivers were put through fitness tests, muscle strengthening exercises and running as the final factor for selection.

The selected 13 drivers from the Drivers’ Selection Round for Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2013:

Sr.No. Driver Name City
1 Gowdham Raj Coimbatore
2 Rahul Gupta New Delhi
3 Karthik Tharani Chennai
4 Anshul Shah Nagpur
5 Samarth Jaiswal Mumbai
6 Adnan Lehry Chennai
7 M S Prince New Delhi
8 Siddharth Santosh Bangalore
9 Divijraj Thakran Gurgaon
10 Shivjeet Malik Gurgaon
11 Rakesh Ramkunar Chennai
12 TriVikram Toor Chandigarh
13 Gaurav Mehta Pune

Five runner-ups were selected who could be driving in the championship in case of drop outs

Sr.No. Driver Name City
1 Venkatesh Shreyas Coimbatore
2 Sahil Gahuri New Delhi
3 Tanmay Ugale Ahmednagar
4 Ameet Ayare Hyderabad
5 Himanshu New Delhi
6 Naveen Pulligilla Hyderabad

Alexander Skibbe, Head of Communications, Volkswagen Group India said, “It was good to see the growing enthusiasm and interest of the young talent towards Polo R Cup. We have specially considered fitness while selecting the drivers and we would emphasize on the same for higher level of competition.”

Commenting on the occasion of Polo R Cup 2013 Driver Selection, Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsports India, added, “We believe that the overall quality of drivers has improved and we can see that the drivers are more consistent in doing fast laps now. It is a pleasure to see the overall improvement in the standard of racing in India.”