Chennai: Volkswagen Motorsport India concluded its opening race of Round Two of its National Championship Ameo Class 2019 at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai today. On Friday, during the qualifying session Pratik Sonawane (Pune) had taken the pole position with the fastest lap time of 1:53.729. He was accompanied by Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Thane) on the first row. They were followed by Jeet Jhabakh (Hyderabad) and Siddharth Mehdiratta (Lucknow) on the second row.
The first race of Round Two was a pretty clean race. Pratik took a strong lead after the first lap and maintained it till the chequered flag. Behind him, there was some action during the first lap of the race as Jeet tried to challenge Saurav. Saurav maintained a defensive line through the first couple of laps to keep Jeet away and thus maintained his position till the end. Saurav and Jeet maintained their respective positions while Pratik went on to register his first win of the season.
Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “We had lot of drama on Thursday due which the drivers lost some practice time. But the technical team put all the cars back together very quickly to ensure that no time was lost from Friday onwards. It has been a challenging week for us as a team and especially for the drivers as the weather conditions here challenging with high humidity and high temperatures.” He further said, “I am happy to witness the way the drivers managed to remain cool-headed in such challenging situations. This shows the amount of mental preparations the drivers have made. Overall it was a decent race.”
Commenting on this, winner Pratik Sonawane said, “It was a gradual progress for me through the weekend and most importantly I had to adapt to the track conditions as it kept on changing. On Thursday, my practice session did not go off well. On Friday however, I started picking up the pace and understood where exactly I could gain time. Slow and steady I increased my pace according to my strategy and I am happy that worked in my favour.” He further said, “Like always Volkswagen has put a fantastic car together which is really very efficient and something to be dependable upon. During Free Practice session two, I was the second fastest. Luckily, I was able to improve during Qualifying Session and achieved pole position as well as my first win at Race 1 of Round Two 2019.”
Volkswagen Ameo Class 2019 Round 2 Race 2 will be held tomorrow, July 21 at MMRT.
Volkswagen Ameo Class 2019 Round 2 Race 1: Results:
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