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Ameya, Donovan take Polo R Cup victories at Coimbatore

30th Jul 2012 2:41 pm

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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