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Volkswagen Vento Cup Round 4

Fare Thee Well!

First season of Volkswagen Vento Cup marks a successful completion

What started amidst nervousness and pressure, turned out to be one of the most remarkable chapters of Volkswagen Motorsport India's racing seasons since inception. With testimonies from 20 talented racing drivers, more than 10 support race drivers and reputed media-persons in the country, the season is a feather worth putting in our hat.

With the championship having gone to the wire, the champion's trophy awaited the name of its bearer till the last corner of the last lap of the last race! Here's an account of the three races from the last race weekend of the season:

Race 1:

As the lights went off for the first race of the weekend, Sailesh Bolisetti took the hole-shot and drove all the 8 laps of the race at a consistent pace to take the chequered flag ahead of the competition. With a fastest lap of 2:27.423 and other laps consistently under 2:28, Sailesh was quicker than the entire grid. Coming home in a distant second was championship leader Anindith followed by Karminder. The top 3 drivers did not exchange positions throughout the race.

Behind the podium finishers was guest driver Advait Deodhar in fourth, followed by a rather dejected Ishaan. Ishaan had started the race in fourth but dropped down all the way to 12th on the first lap after having an issue with brakes. Nonetheless, he showed his talent by clawing back the order, going up seven positions and finishing fifth in the end. Finishing just 0.451 seconds behind Ishaan was another guest driver for Round 4, Dhruv Behl (Editor, AutoX).

Race 2:

The last day of the Vento Cup 2015 season started off with tough weather conditions, as dense fog forced the officials to start the first race of the day under safety car. The drivers had no option, but to take a rolling-start to avoid them from going into the first few corners in a cluster, too close to each other.

Prabhanj Paruchuri started the race from pole position and held his lead till lap five. A racing incident brought the Safety Car out through the half race. As the Safety Car was driving back into the pits, Karminder tried to make a move on Prabhanj, just before the last corner, and hit his car from the back. This pushed Prabhanj to the side and he hit the wall, which brought an early end to his race. From there onwards, Karminder took the lead and held it all the way till the finish line. Sailesh crossed the line just behind Karminder, but was later penalised for making an overtaking move under Safety Car. This pushed him back by two positions and he had to settle with fourth. Ishaan Dodhiwala took the second place followed by Anindith Reddy completing the podium.

Race 3:

The final race of the season started with Sailesh in pole position. He led the race from start to finish and scored his second victory of the race weekend. On lap four, an incident between three drivers mid-field at the exit of third corner, brought the Safety Car out for two laps and added the final excitement by bringing all the drivers close to each other. As soon as the Safety Car went in, Ishaan made a move on Anindith, who had been running second and took his position and held it till the checkered flag. Anindith, who had to finish the race ahead of Karminder to win the title, drove a safe and defensive line to finish third on the podium.

The first season of Vento Cup 2015 was dominated by last year’s Junior Champion Anindith Reddy (Winner) from Hyderabad. Together with Delhi’s Karminder Pal Singh (First Runner-up), and Hyderabad’s Ishan Dodhiwala (Second Runner-up), they kept the excitement high till the end of the season. In the Junior Championship, Pradeep Rao Vaidyam from Mumbai proved his talent against the