Vishnu, Abdumber to race in China

September 22nd, 2011 - 5:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Pune, Sep 22 (IANS) JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup drivers Vishnu Prasad and Avdumber Hede will be a part of a driver exchange programme and participate in the season finale fifth round of Volkswagen Polo Cup China at Shanghai from September 30 to October 2.

The Indian drivers will have a practice session and a drivers briefing session of 30 minutes each Friday. On Saturday, post the 30-minute free practice session and the qualifying, they will compete against the drivers from China and Hong Kong in a 15-lap Race 1 over a 2.063-kilometre track. Race 2, which is again 15 laps, will be held Sunday.

The Indian drivers have been selected by Volkswagen Motorsport based on their consistent performance in the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup season.

Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, Prithviraj Siddappa said: “Our international exchange programme enables the participants to gather valuable experience in racing series that are new to them and to compete with other young drivers there.

“The new circuit will be challenging for the drivers but they have shown throughout the season so far that they are ready to take on whatever lies ahead of them, to continue learning and making progress. Both are strong contenders for the championship title in India this year.”

The objective of the JK Tyre-Volkwasgen association is to give an international platform to Indian racers and integrate them with global benchmarks. Already within one year of association, Indian racing talents such as Aditya Patel and Sailesh Bolisetti have been sent to Scirocco Cup in Europe.

Sanjay Sharma, Head Motorsports, JK Tyre and Industries Limited said: “Over the last two decades, JK Tyre has produced some of the finest talent in motorsports in India. From Narain Karthikeyan, to Karun Chandhok to Aditya Patel, and now Vishnu Prasad and Avdumber Hede, these boys are the beacon for motorsports in the country.

“With Formula One also arriving in India, we foresee a gush in motorsports talent and this global platform provided by JK Tyre and Volkswagen will truly enable Indian racing talent to go global.

“It is very important for these young race drivers to gather as much international experience as they can behind the wheels of a race car on a challenging circuit and I am sure this will be an enriching experience. I wish both the drivers all the very best.”

Second in the championship, 18-year old Vishnu from Chennai said: “The Shanghai Tianma Circuit will definitely be a challenging one. Since it is new to me, I’ll have to get familiarized with it in a short period of time.

“Even though I will be driving there for one weekend I will be pushing hard for the best possible result. The Polo Race Car in China is similar to the Polo Race Car in India, so I am hoping that will help me to settle down easily.”

Third in the championship, Avdumber from Goa said: “It is a great feeling to be selected for the Polo Cup Exchange programme and I would like to thank JK Tyre and Volkswagen Motorsport for presenting me with this opportunity. It is the first time I would be racing on an international track and I am really excited to see how I perform. I hope to make the most of it.”

The Polo Cup China race cars are powered by a 1.6 petrol engine in conjunction with a 5-speed gear box that produces 77kW of power at 5250rpm and 155Nm of torque at 3750rpm.

The Polo Cup China is organised by Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC), Shanghai Automobile and Motor Sports Association. A total of 21 drivers in the 18-30 age group from China and Hong Kong participate in the Championship.

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