Volkswagen Motorsport India dominated the primary spherical of the Indian Touring Automobile (ITC) class within the 2019 Nationwide Automobile Racing Championship. The opening spherical of the season was held on the Kari Motor Speedway and held three races over the weekend. Volkswagen entered the class as a manufacturing facility staff this 12 months with three TC4-A Vento race vehicles and managed safe a minimal of 1-2 end in every race. Race 2 particularly noticed the staff take all three spots on the rostrum with drivers Karthik Tharani, Dhruv Mohite and Ishaan Dodhiwala behind the wheel.
The ITC class is seen as the head of Indian motorsport and has veteran racers together with Arjun Balu, D. Vidya Prakash, M Ramakrishnan, C. Rajaram, B Vijaya Kumar, Raghul Rangasamy and others. The Volkswagen drivers together with Raghul are the youngest on the grid.
The primary race noticed the Dhruv Mohite begin in pole place with Arjun Balu in second place. Dhruv ensured to steer the race proper from the beginning and retained the highest place by way of the 15 lap race. Karthik could not enhance his place having began in third place with Balu defending his place in P2 in his tuned Honda Metropolis. Ishaan Dodhiwala accomplished in fourth place intently matching his teammate’s efficiency.
In Race 2, it was an entire sweep for Volkswagen as all three of its drivers Karthik, Dhruv and Ishaan made it on the rostrum. Karthik and Dhruv began on the again as a result of grid being within the reverse order and have been fast to work their means as much as the highest positions proper on the opening lap. Ishaan began the race in fourth place and overtook Arjun Balu to maneuver as much as P3. The highest contenders have been unbeatable for the rest of the race with D. Vidya Prakash shifting as much as fourth as Balu completed fifth.
The third and last race of Spherical 1 had Karthik and Dhruv again within the high two spots on the grid. Ishaan and Arjun began within the second row. The ITC class, thus far remained incident free however noticed its first main crash as Ishaan crashed into the gravel pit at C1 quickly after the preliminary laps. The yellow flags have been out rapidly diminishing the lead Karthik had constructed up in the course of the early laps. The vehicles lapped the circuit behind the security automobile, just for the latter to return into the pits on Lap 7. With three laps left, Karthik and Dhruv pushed the Vento race vehicles to the highest spot, incomes their third podium end of the weekend, whereas Arjun Balu completed in third place.
The race spec Vento marks a brand new chapter for the Indian motorsport enviornment with the brand new TC4-A laws within the ITC class. The vehicles are actually regulated by way of weight (a most of 1150 kg), in addition to the turbo consumption dimension. The older ITC vehicles are a lot lighter compared to the Ventos. The good begin to the ITC class will definitely have Volkswagen’s hopes up for its first season within the championship, however it is going to be fascinating to see how the competitors reacts to the VW dominance within the subsequent there rounds that will probably be held on the Madras Motor Race Observe (MMRT).