Volkswagen Polo Race Cup 2012 Season


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Volkswagen MotorSport announced their choice of weapon for the 2012 Polo R Cup in India – the TSI Race Polo and also the 20 drivers who will be driving the car. In its third season now, the Polo R Cup had always had cars using diesel engines. The new 1.4-litre TSI motor produces a phenomenal 182PS of power at 6200rpm and 250Nm of torque between 2000-4500rpm as opposed to the 131PS that the 1.6-litre TDI makes. The petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic twin-clutch DSG box. Volkswagen Motorsport officials say that the shift from diesel to high performance petrol engines is an attempt to match international racing standards.

For the 2012 season, participants have been slotted into three categories : Junior, Pro and Master. The Junior category will have drivers aged between 16-26 with a driving experience limited to eight races or less in the last five years in National Championships. Drivers within the same group but having experience of more than eight races will be a part of the Pro category. The Master category will comprise of drivers aged 26 or above.

This time around, there has also been a change in the prize money structure. Rs 50,000 will be awarded to the first position while second and third positions will get Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively. The Junior and Pro category drivers will have to shell out Rs 7 lakh with Master category participants will be forking out Rs 14 lakh for the entire season. However, the drivers can opt to refinance their fees by using the bonnet of their Polo cars to display their respective brand sponsoring.

The round one of the 2012 Polo R Cup will start on July 6-8 at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore while other rounds will be in MMRT and Chennai. There are also talks of one round of the season being held at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida.

People interested to see the race on track,here's the calendar.

CALENDAR FOR 2012 JK TYRE VOLKSWAGEN POLO R CUP 2012
Round Date Location Track
Round 1 July 6-8 Coimbatore Kari
Round 2 July 27-29 Coimbatore Kari
Round 3 Aug 24-26 Chennai MMRT
Round 4 Sep 14-16 Chennai MMRT
Round 5 Oct 12-14 Chennai MMRT
Round 6 Nov 30-Dec 02 Noida JPSI
 

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Volkswagen Mega Race Weekend at Sidvin Festival of Speed

Buddh International Circuit is all set to host one of the most exciting race weekend of this season. JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012, part of Sidvin Festival of Speed, is having a host of activities planned for this round.

Beside the thrilling races, there are super-charged taxi drives planned in Audi R8 and TSI Race Polo cars for the sports car driving experience. This ‘flying lap’ concept will see the ace drivers Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and Armaan Ebrahim take the 5.2 litre V10 R8s out for a friendly race. Lucky few will get a chance to go around in a Race Polo for a taxi drive and get a feel of racing on an F1 track.

Polo R Cup drivers will see 2 new guest drivers, Jeffrey John Kruger and Robin Catherine Kruger, from South Africa join the races. This brother-sister driver duo, race in the Volkswagen Polo Cup in South Africa. Polo R Cup drivers have clocked much better times compared to the pre-season test drive and will have the qualifying session today.

Volkswagen Mega Race Weekend at Sidvin Festival of Speed
 

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Please change the thread name to Polo Cup 2013 season

Drivers selected for Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2013

The proceedings for the fourth season of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup kick started with the driver selection process held at Kari motor speedway, Bangalore. A total of 35 drivers participated and after a couple of days and undergoing various tests, 13 were chosen out of the lot who would join the previous season’s drivers.

Day one of the selection procedure saw the participants undergoing brief introduction on the modifications that had been done on the cars as well as all the necessary information on the controls of the car. Then, the competitors were shown some basic braking and slalom exercises so as to judge their car control and responsiveness. All the exercises were done on the circuit under the guidance of stalwarts like multi-national karting champion Rayomand Banajee and national racing champion Arjun Balu. All the participants were then briefed on various aspects of track driving, racing line, brake markers and were then sent for two timed laps around the circuit. At the end of the session, 24 out of the 35 drivers were shortlisted.

Day two was reserved for improving techniques and some fitness tests. The 24 drivers were then put through more driving sessions and were judged on various aspects. Most important of them being the willingness of the participants to grasp and implement all that the coaches had taught, onto the track. At the end of the second day, the drivers were also put through some fitness tests including running and muscle strength exercises. The fitness part was the deciding factor for the selection of the final 13 drivers, the list of which is given below.

Gowdham Raj- Coimbatore
Rahul Gupta - New Delhi
Karthik Tharani -Chennai
Anshul Shah -Nagpur
Samarth Jaiswal -Mumbai
Adnan Lehry -Chennai
M S Prince -New Delhi
Siddharth Santosh- Bangalore
Diviraj Thakran -Gurgaon
Shivjeet Malik -Gurgaon
Rakesh Ramkunar- Chennai
TriVikram Toor -Chandigarh
Gaurav Mehta -Pune

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