The second round of the Volkswagen Motorsport Ameo Cup had all the makings of a proper racing weekend, setting up an exciting championship ahead
Round two of the Volkswagen Motorsport Ameo Cup sure lived up to expectations. Round one saw Dhruv Mohite whitewash the competition and win the maximum points in all the races. However, round two in Chennai was a different story. Anmol Singh Sahil impressed throughout the weekend, Jeet Jhabakh drove brilliantly, and Dhruv Mohite, who had an unfortunate weekend, ended on a high.
Post the races, Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport, said, ‘We are now half way through the 2018 Ameo Cup season and the battle for the driver’s title has never been this wide open. We have multiple contenders all of whom are capable enough to go the distance. Also, surprisingly, we have a few rookie drivers who are alongside the more experienced in the overall points tally, which is a testament to all the work put in by our driver coaches, Rayomand Banajee and Karthik Tharani.’
Vissa further said, ‘We had a quick turnaround today with multiple races in a short time frame. The cars have been brilliant today in terms of performance and reliability. Even the MRF tyres have been delivering a consistent performance considering the scorching Chennai heat and high track temperatures.’
Race one saw the usual suspects lining up at the front of the grid, with Dhruv Mohite leading the experienced drivers’ list on pole position. At the start, a good fight saw quite a show, with Saurav Bandyopadhyay taking the lead and a comfortable win in race one. Anmol Singh Sahil took second, holding off Dhruv Mohite, whose race was plagued by probable suspension issues. It was a confidence boosting win for Saurav, the third of his career. With podium finishes in round one, too, Saurav is now back in the mix for the title.
A reverse grid saw Siddharth Mehdiratta on pole, followed by Tuhid Anwar up-front with him and Jeet Jhabakh and Shubhomoy Ball making up row two. However, Siddharth botched up the opportunity and false started. He started from the pits, ending his chances for the win. The race was reduced by a lap and, at the restart, Jeet Jhabakh, who had a clear path in front of him due to Siddharth’s absence, got off to an amazing start and took the lead. Anmol and Saurav Bandyopadhyay had a brilliant scrap throughout the race, but this time Anmol got the better of Saurav and held second spot with Saurav finishing third. Jeet had a flawless race from start to finish and collected the maximum points for it. Race Three
Race three’s grid works on the second best qualifying time. This saw Saurav Bandyopadhyay on pole position and Dhruv Mohite in second. At the lights Saurav got off to a slow start which was capitalized quickly by Dhruv, who took the lead into the first corner. Dhruv, gutted after retiring in the second race once again due to suspension issues, stayed in the lead and took the final race win. The race was not without its fair share of drama. A safety car was deployed due to an incident with Anuranjan Velmurugan and Arefeen Ahmed on lap one. An insane surge through the field by Jeet Jhabakh also saw him clinch second place. In third, with a hat-trick of podium finishes for round two of the VW Motorsport Ameo Cup was Anmol Singh Sahil.
Report: Zal Cursetji Photography: VW Motorsport Top) ( Saurav Bandyopadhyay on his way to victory in race one
Above)( Podium winners of race two Jeet, Anmol and Saurav with the head of VW Motorsport Sirish Vissa
Topright) ( Dhruv Mohite with a comeback win after a little suspension trouble in races one and two
Right)( Dhruv, Jeet and Anmol on the podium after the third race
Below)( Jeet drove flawlessly from start to finish to win race two