Volkswagen Motorsport India concludes Round 1 of its flagship – one-make series – Ameo Cup 2018 at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. With top eight finishers of Race 1 starting in reverse grid, it was Shivani Pruthvi starting from pole position, joined by Akshay Bhivshet on the first row followed by Shubhomoy Ball and Affan Sadat Safwan Islam on the second. As lights went off, Dhruv Mohite who started the race in 8th position managed to work his to the top after just 4 laps taking the lead from Shivani. Despite a red flag on lap 6 and a safety car just after the restart, Dhruv maintained his lead to win the race.
The battle for second position was intense throughout the race. Affan who started the race in fourth position fought his way into second position after lap 1, while being under constant pressure from Saurav who was not far behind. Surav started the race in sixth position battled hard to finish on the podium. Winning two back-to-back podium finishes this season.
The race two of the 2018 Ameo Cup season was packed with action throughout the race. Manoj Yanamdala had major accident on lap 6 causing the race to be temporarily halted. Manoj walked away from the incident without any injuries. Once, the race resumed Ayush Tainwala went into the gravel halfway into turn 1 causing the safety car to come out.
On the conclusion of Round 1 Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said,” We have had a truly exciting race today with a lot of jostling amongst the drivers. The technical team have performed brilliant over the course of the weekend. While the MRF tyres have performed reliably despite changing weather conditions over the last three days.”
Mr. Vissa further added, “I would like congratulate winners from Race 1 and Race 2 and also wish them all the very best for the next 3 rounds. For the next round of races we move to MMRT and it will be exciting to see how these drivers perform in Round 2.”
The second and third round of Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2018 will be held at the Madras Motor Race Track in July and August respectively, followed by the fourth round at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida in October.