19 new drivers selected for VW Ameo Cup 2018

    Out of the 96 drivers shortlisted to participate in the Drivers Selection process, 19 drivers made the cut.

    Published On Feb 06, 2018 04:58:00 PM

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    Volkswagen Motorsport India has finalised the 19 new drivers who will be participating in this year’s Ameo Cup championship. The new drivers will participate in the upcoming season alongside some of the previous seasons’ drivers.

    The Drivers Selection process was held at the Indi Karting Track in Kharadi, Pune on January 27-28, 2018, with Volkswagen Motorsport India’s Driver Coach, Rayomand Banajee, being the chief selector. From over 1,500 registrations, 96 drivers were shortlisted to participate in the selection round.

    The first day of the Drivers Selection process consisted of three karting sessions – the first session being a slalom course to understand the handling characteristics of the karts, followed by a second session of cornering drills. The third session was a timed lap, which helped the selectors to group drivers with similar lap times together, for the next day.

    The next day started off with fitness sessions, following which the participants took to the karts, once again and were judged on their racing line and driving technique. This was also followed by a timed lap in the kart, which helped to tally the final score.

    Ultimately, 19 new drivers made the cut, including two female drivers. The youngest driver selected this season is 19-year-old Yash Ojha from Lucknow, while the only international participant is Arefeen Raafi Ahmed from Bangladesh.

    The format of the Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2018 will be the same as last year’s with a total of 10 races, throughout the season. The drivers would be classified in the Pro and Junior categories, based on their experience in racing. At the end of the season, the winner of the Ameo Cup Pro category will get a sponsored seat in a higher series of racing, while the winner of the Ameo Cup Junior category will get a sponsored seat in the Ameo Cup for one more year, to gain more experience.

    List of the selected 19 new Drivers 

    Sr.No.

    Driver Name

    Age

    City

    1

    Akshay P Bhivshet

    25

    Goa

    2

    Anikesh Verma

    21

    Noida

    3

    Arefeen Raafi Ahmed

    27

    Bangladesh

    4

    Aswin Prakash

    21

    Kerala

    5

    Anuranjan Velmurugan

    21

    Chennai

    6

    Ayush Tainwala

    28

    Mumbai

    7

    Bagwan Gowda

    21

    Bangalore

    8

    Gagandeep Singh

    23

    Chhattisgarh

    9

    Jay Sanghrajka

    21

    Mumbai

    10

    Renuka G

    29

    Bangalore

    11

    Shivani Pruthvi

    20

    Davangere

    12

    Sarthak Juneja

    21

    New Delhi

    13

    Shubhomoy Ball

    22

    Bangalore

    14

    Shantanu Bhartiya

    21

    Delhi

    15

    Siddharth Mehdiratta

    25

    Lucknow

    16

    Sai Sharath Kowdi

    22

    Hyderabad

    17

    Siddesh Mashelkar

    27

    Goa

    18

    Vaibhav Marathe

    34

    Goa

    19

    Yash Ojha

    19

    Lucknow

     

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