2017 VW Ameo Cup: Round 2

Posted by sonnyx at 10:37 am on Monday July 24, 2017

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Volkswagen's indigenous racecars took to the Madras Motor Race Track near Chennai for the first time this season following an exciting round in Coimbatore. The 2017 Volkswagen Ameo Cup is proving to be quite the exciting category.

This weekend, guest driver Devin Robertson from South Africa essentially took the C'ship contenders to school and showed them how fast the new Ameo Cup car can really be. He competes in the VW Motorsport Polo Cup in South Africa and was in Chennai as part of an exchange program run by VW Motorsport themselves.

In qualifying, Devin was over a second faster than Sandeep and Karminder while the rest of the pack were easily two or more seconds off the South African's pace. His form continued in the first race as he took a decisive victory, finishing first with a margin of over 10 seconds. Any and all action was behind him for the remaining podium positions. Sandeep started P2 on the grid but a poor start off the line meant Karminder behind him was able to attack from the start, pass him on the outside round the first corner and stay ahead for the remainder of the race. Donovan Vaz who started P6 had made up a few places and was right on Sandeep's tail till the chequered flag but had to settle for fourth. The podium finisher from the weekend at Kari, Dhruv Mohite, was racing for the first time on the MMRT track and managed a decent sixth place finish.

Things got hotter in Race 2 on Sunday with the reverse grid in effect. Essentially the top 8 finishers of Race 1 would be starting in reverse order which put Rohit Goyal on pole and Devin in P8 on the grid. Meanwhile, the reverse grid order had Karminder on P7, Sandeep on P6 and Dhruv on P3.

Dhruv got off to a brilliant start, getting past the two cars ahead of him in the opening lap itself and managed to open up a gap. From hereon it was a smooth race for him. The rookie drove consistently and managed to stay in the lead with a comfortable margin till the end to take his first win of the season.

There was action aplenty behind him with Karminder climbing up to fourth and Devin had made contact which left his Ameo Cup car with a slightly bent fender. Meanwhile, Sandeep had a bad day, first spinning out on the opening lap and then his race was cut short after being taken out by Johir Suresh about two laps later. By the fourth lap Karminder and Devin got into the podium places after guest driver Keith Desouza, who had been running in P2, ran wide. From hereon, Karminder hung onto P2 till the end with Devin bringing his slightly injured Ameo across the finish line in P3. Donovan Vaz who had another decent race, having started fifth and finished fourth after a hard fought race, was once again handed penalties which brought his final finishing position to P14.

With four different winners in the four races so far, Karminder has managed to open up a lead in the championship thanks to consistent podiums. Meanwhile, Sandeep's DNF has put him on the backfoot with rookie Dhruv moving up to second in the driver's standings.

It's all to play for when we head into the next round of the Volkswagen Motorsport Ameo Cup 2017 in a few weeks time, so stay tuned.

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