Ameya, Donovan take Polo R Cup victories at Coimbatore

    Published On Jul 30, 2012 02:41:00 PM

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    Ameya wins an incident packed race 1 and finished on podium in race 2 which saw Donovan Vaz getting his first ever podium and victory in the reverse grid format.

    Round 2 of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup proved to be an action packed drama which unfolded in a three-part race following two crashes. Ameya Walavalkar won the shortened 8-lap race 1 followed by Rahil Noorani and Mihir Dharkar. 

    The dramatic three-split race saw aggregate of all three parts of the race been taken to reach the final race classification. Pole sitter Ameya had three restarts to tackle before heading home in a total aggregated time of 10:34.617seconds. Following him were Rahil Noorani and Mihir Dharkar who were 7.346seconds and 18.327seconds behind the leader.

    On lap 3, Prashanth Tharani Singh clashed with Ajay Kini resulting in the first red flag as the car was stuck on the race track. At the first restart, the championship leader Alisha Abdullah was punted off in the first corner which resulted in a second red flag. At the second restart Ameya managed to take the lead again and stayed ahead till the chequered flag, comfortably ahead of Rahil and Mihir. Sandeep Kumar, who was sent to the back of the grid before the second restart owing to non-compliance of the rule pertaining to changing of a tyre within the stipulated 3 minute time. He drove brilliantly to pass 13 cars and eventually finished in fourth position.

    Compared to race 1, the second race was much cleaner and straightforward. Diego Duez from Mexico led from start to finish before being handed a 20 seconds penalty for jumping the start. This gave second placed finisher, Donovan Vaz, his first podium and win in the Volkswagen Polo R Cup with Sandeep Kumar and Ameya Walavalkar behind him. While Diego and Donovan pulled away at the front, Angad Singh Matharoo held off a field of 7 cars for over 10 laps. He was eventually passed by both Sandeep and Ameya as they battled for the podium spot. Donovan finished the race in 19:31:146 with Sandeep and Ameya finishing 1.786 seconds and 2.014 seconds behind respectively.

    JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 - Rd 2 results:

    Race 1:

    Position

    Driver

    Car #

    Total Time

    1.

    Ameya Walavalkar

    1

    10:34.617

    2.

    Rahil Noorani

    20

    10:42.063

    3.

    Mihir Dharkar

    19

    10:52.944

    4.

    Sandeep Kumar

    5

    10:53.417

    5.

    Avdumber Hede

    2

    10:57.806

    6.

    Angad Singh Matharoo

    21

    11:10.665

    7.

    Donovan Vaz

    12

    11:12.101

    8.

    Diego Duez

    17

    (C)11:14.754

    9.

    Hanoosh S

    14

    11:16.988

    10.

    Yatin Magoo

    15

    11:17.277

    11.

    Leela Krishnan

    23

    11:17.851

    12.

    Saurav Bandyopadhay

    4

    11:18.989

    13.

    Mahinder Khidia

    11

    11:20.879

    14.

    Niranjan Todkari

    18

    11:24.343

    15.

    Siddharth Sharma

    10

    11:31.803

    16.

    Munjal Savla

    6

    11:43.906

    17.

    Anthony George

    9

    (C)11:45.467

    18.

    Alisha Abdullah

    16

    DNF

    19.

    Ajay Kini

    3

    DNF

    20.

    Prashanth Tharani Singh

    7

    DNF

    DNF denotes Did Not Finish

    Competition 17 – 20 seconds penalty for false start

    Competition 9 – 20 seconds penalty as per steward’s decision


    Race 2:

    Position

    Driver

    Car #

    Total Time

    1.

    Donovan Vaz

    12

    19:31.146

    2.

    Sandeep Kumar

    5

    19:32.931

    3.

    Ameya Walavalkar

    1

    19:33.160

    4.

    Rahil Noorani

    20

    19:36.846

    5.

    Mihir Dharkar

    19

    19:41.264

    6.

    Saurav Bandyopadhay

    4

    19:41.704

    7.

    Prashanth Tharani Singh

    7

    19:42.191

    8.

    Diego Duez

    17

    (C)19:42.826

    9.

    Ajay Kini

    3

    19:44.630

    10.

    Avdumber Hede

    2

    19:46.591

    11.

    Hanoosh S

    14

    19:47.769

    12.

    Anthony George

    9

    19:48.377

    13.

    Munjal Savla

    6

    19:52.620

    14.

    Mahinder Khidia

    11

    20:05.213

    15.

    Niranjan Todkari

    18

    20:05.594

    16.

    Angad Singh Matharoo

    21

    (C)20.07.230

    17.

    Yatin Magoo

    15

    20:11.397

    18.

    Siddharth Sharma

    10

    20:11.879

    19.

    Alisha Abdullah

    16

    DNP

    20.

    Leela Krishnan

    23

    DNP

    DNP denotes Did Not Participate

    Competition 17 and 21 – 20 seconds penalty for false start

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