Walavalkar, Dharkar dominate Round 3 of VW Polo R Cup 2012

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  • August 29, 2012 17:31 IST
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Ameya Walavalkar and Mihir Dharkar win Races 1 and 2 respectively in Round 3 of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012

 

Ameya Walavalkar took pole for Race 1 of Round 3

 

 

The excitement continued to grow in the 3rd round of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 at the MMRT track in Chennai. Ameya Walavalkar clocked a brilliant 2:01.037 lap to secure pole position in qualifying on Saturday. Sandeep Kumar was a close second while winner of the 2010 Polo Cup season and guest driver for the round Sailesh Bolisetti took third place.

 

 

Sailesh Bolisetti participated as a guest driver in Round 3

 

 

Ameya continued his brilliant form on race day to take the chequered flag in first place in Race 1. He had a quick start and led into the first corner ahead of Sandeep and Avdumber Hede. But Yatin Magu and Alisha Abdullah collided on C2 due to which the race was red flagged. At the restart, Ameya led away from guest driver Sailesh and Sandeep. The Mumbai managed to open up a lead to  finish in top spot. Avdumber and Ajay Kini finished in fourth and fifth places respectively. Donovan Vaz maintained good pace throughout the 10-lap race and jumped five places from his qualifying position to finish seventh.

 

 

Ajay Kini won Race 2 but was penalised after the race

 

 

Saurav Bandyopadhay started on pole with the grid reversed for Race 2, while Donovan Vaz, Mihir Dharkar and Ajay Kini secured the first two rows on the grid. Saurav started well but spun out on the first lap to hand the lead to Donovan. The Goan led all through the 10-lap race with Mihir and Ajay close on his tail. But tyre wear caused Donovan to lose the lead to Ajay. The last three laps witnessed a three-way battle between Ajay, Mihir and Ameya for the top spot. On the last corner of the final lap Ajay cut across the track to finish first, but was later penalised for a collision with Donovan which dropped him down to 12th. Mihir inherited the victory while Ameya and Sailesh took the remaining podium places.

 

Provisional Championship standings after Round 3 of Volkswagen Polo R Cup India 2012:


Ajay Kini was penalised in race 2 for a collision with Donovan Vaz

 

 

After Round 3, Ameya leads the championship with 184 points, 15 points ahead of second placed Mihir. Sandeep Kumar is a close third with 161 points. Round 4 of the VW Polo R Cup 2012 will be held at MMRT, Chennai on September 15-16. 

 

Pos

Name

Round 1-Race 1

Round 1-Race 2

Round 2-Race 1

Round 2-Race 2

Round 3-Race 1

Round 3-Race 2

Total

1

Ameya Walavalkar

10

16

30

20

60

48

184

2

Mihir Dharkar

24

17

20

16

32

60

169

3

A Sandeep Kumar

20

12

17

24

48

40

161

4

Avdumber Hede

30

13

16

12

40

32

143

5

Donovan Vaz

11

11

14

30

30

30

126

6

Rahil Noorani

12

14

24

17

26

26

119

7

Ajay Kini

14

20

DNF

13

34

22

113

8

Munjal Savla

17

15

7

10

24

34

107

9

Saurav Bandyopadhay

13

10

11

15

28

10

87

10

Anthony George

6

9

6

11

22

24

78

11

Prashanth Tharani Singh

16

24

DNF

14

0

20

74

12

Angad Singh Matharoo

DNF

DNS

15

7

18

28

68

13

Hanoosh Surapaneni

8

8

13

6

16

14

65

14

Alisha Abdullah

15

30

DNF

DNF

0

18

63

15

Mahinder Khidia

9

7

10

9

12

16

63

16

Niranjan Todkari

7

5

9

8

20

8

57

17

Siddharth Sharma

DNF

4

8

4

14

12

42

18

Yatin Magu

5

6

12

5

0

0

28

19

Tabish Khan

DNF

DNF

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

20

Diego Duez

G

G

G

G

G

G

G

 

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