After successfully completing five seasons of Volkswagen Polo Cup India, the company has decided to switch the machine for the one-make touring car championship. From 2015, Volkswagen will host Vento Cup instead of Polo Cup in pretty much the same format.Instituted in 2010, Volkswagen Polo Cup saw race tuned hatchbacks housing 1.6 litre diesel engines. In 2012, a major overhaul in the form of 180 bhp 1.4 litre TSI engine mated to 6-speed DSG transmission was carried out, and ever since until last year the regulations weren’t changed significantly.
Now, albeit change in vehicle, engine and transmission package will be retained and most of race format as well. The FIA-prescribed safety attributes for roll-cage, racing seat, six-point harness, fire extinguisher and the like would not be altered. In the 18th JK Tyre Racing Championship, a grid of over 20 drivers is expected. Registration for Vento Cup 2015 is open and intensive driver selection programme will be conducted over the months to come.
Initial stage of driver selection process will be carried out through two karting programmes in Pune. Drivers will be chosen across three classes – Junior, Pro and Masters. First two will be demanded participation fee of Rs. 8 lakh, and Masters class drivers will be bound to pay Rs. 12 lakh. A limited count of international participation will be seen, who will be charged Rs. 14 lakh (for entire season).