After an incredible total of 550 entries to the first edition of the Vento Cup, 16 drivers have been selected to participate in the Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015. 6 drivers from the previous Polo R Cup season will also be part of the races. The final selection round was split in two and concluded at the Indi Karting Track in Pune. The Vento Cup replaces the Polo R race car this season, which helped develop racing talent in India.
The season begins after pre-season testing and fitness camps for the drivers in July this year. The drivers for the one-make series hail from various parts of the country.
Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, commented, “At the first two rounds of selection, we saw some talented drivers coming forward. They showed their skills and eagerness to learn – exactly what needs to be groomed further. . . It is interesting to see that this year we have drivers from each part of the country. We will now train these drivers for fitness which is a must for racing and also give them an opportunity to test our race cars on the race track before the first competitive round in July.”
The following are the final drivers selected for the Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015:
Vento Cup 2015 Drivers
|12||Sahil Gahuri||22||New Delhi|
|13||Neha Dabas||24||New Delhi|
|14||Ria Dabas||22||New Delhi|
|19||Harjee Wadia||17||New Delhi|
Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015: 22 race drivers finalised for the season; Young talent from across the country ready to take on the racetracks
|Over 550 prospective racing drivers registered for the selection process to participate in Vento Cup 2015
The two rounds of driver selection process concluded in Pune at Indi Karting Track on 14th-15th February and 28th February-1st March 2015
Strong participation from Pune in Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015 with four talented young racers from the city making it to the list of final 22 on the racetrack
Pune, April 01, 2015 – Volkswagen Motorsport India’s brand new Vento Cup 2015 racing series received an overwhelming response from the prospective racers who swamped the selection rounds conducted in Pune. From a total number of 550 racers registered for the selection process, 67 made it to the final selection round that was conducted in two parts through Karting. A total of 16 were finally selected to participate in the Vento Cup 2015. These drivers will be joined by 6 drivers from previous season in the battle for the title making it a grid of 22 cars in all. Four young racers from Pune make it to the list of final 22 racers in the Vento Cup 2015.
In the two rounds of driver selection held at the Indi Karting Track in Kharadi, Pune, drivers willing to compete in the premium one-make racing series from Volkswagen Motorsport India showcased their skills and tried to prove their mettle on the karting track. Driver coach Rayomand Banajee briefed the prospective drivers during the two two-day comprehensive and rigorous selection processes which helped the drivers to better their skills in karting. The selected drivers will be further trained to improve their skills and fitness level to compete in the Volkswagen Vento Cup series in 2015.
The criteria for selection of the racers this year was overall skills covering consistency, understanding of racing lines, speed, lap times and acceptance for learning. The combined group of selected drivers from both selection rounds will compete in the Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015 and would be joined by a few drivers from the previous season of Volkswagen Polo R Cup. The Vento Cup, which replaces Polo R Cup after five successful years of developing young racing talent in India, will commence later this year through pre-season testing and fitness camp for the drivers before the first competitive round in July.
The 2015 season of this one-make series from Volkswagen Motorsport India will witness drivers from across the country, from 10 different cities. From North India, a total of six drivers, all of whom hail from New Delhi including the only two girls, would compete in the series. Two competitors will be seen coming all the way from East India (one from Guwahati and Sikkim each) while seven would come from the western part of the country (four from Pune, two from Aurangabad and one from Mumbai). A total of seven drivers would make it from South India to the Vento Cup 2015’s final grid (three from Hyderabad, two from Coimbatore and one from Bangalore).
Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, commented “At the first two rounds of selection, we saw some talented drivers coming forward. They showed their skills and eagerness to learn – exactly what needs to be groomed further.” He further added, “It is interesting to see that this year we have drivers from each part of the country. We will now train these drivers for fitness which is a must for racing and also give them an opportunity to test our race cars on the race track before the first competitive round in July.”