Volkswagen Motorsport India’s first spherical of the 2019 Nationwide Championship Ameo Class noticed Jeet Jhabakh safe the lead with two wins out of three races. The Hyderabad-based driver was at his dominant greatest profitable Races 1 and three over the weekend, whereas Race 2 was one by Bangladesh primarily based driver Avik Anwar. Additionally cementing his place on the finish of the primary spherical of the one-make sequence was Anmol Singh Sahil who completed on the rostrum constantly in all three races. The Volkswagen Ameo Class is now a part of the Nationwide Automobile Racing Championship with the sequence winner topped as a nationwide champion.
The brand new season noticed the race spec Volkswagen Ameo automobiles benefitting from new MRF tyres, revised suspension set-up and braking to the 18 automobiles on the grid. The sequence this yr has 9 new drivers and 9 previous opponents taking part within the championship.
The primary race noticed Jeet Jhabakh as one of many robust drivers having taken the pole place in qualifying with a lap time of 1m09.571s. The driving force was joined by Pratik Sonawane on the primary row, whereas drivers Saurav Bandopadhyay and Anmol Singh Sahil acknowledged in third and fourth locations respectively, within the second row. It is attention-grabbing to notice that the grid was separated by simply 2.5 seconds together with each junior and professional drivers behind the wheel. Jeet led Race 1 proper from the opening lap fending of the assault from Pratik on the primary nook on a moist monitor. Pratik, nevertheless, was unable to match as much as Jeet’s tempo and was handed by Anmol and Saurav quickly after. The highest three drivers maintained their positions for the rest of the race with Jeet choosing up his first victory of the season, whereas each Saurav and Anmol completed second and third respectively.
The second race on Sunday noticed the highest eight finishers begin from the again because of the reverse grid. Viraj Jhala was on pole, adopted by Avik Anwar, whereas drivers Aiman Sadat of Bangladesh and Siddharth Mehdiratta began in third and fourth locations respectively. The race noticed Pratik climb up the order from the again of the grid after an excellent begin and took the lead, and was adopted by Avik and Aiman at P2 and P3. The highest three positions remained the identical for the rest of the race, however Pratik was handed a 10 second penalty that pushed him all the way down to seventh, snatching away his first victory. This promoted Avik to the highest with Aiman coming in second and Anmol ending third, having labored his approach up from the underside.
The third race of the weekend noticed the grid positions jumbled as soon as once more primarily based on the second greatest lap occasions throughout Friday’s qualifying session. Jeet was again on pole adopted by Pratik and Saurav Bandopadhyay in third place. The third race turned out to be one of many cleanest but within the championship with no contact between the drivers. Jeet was off to a flying begin from the opening lap and defended his place in towards assaults from Anmol and Pratik. The highest three drivers have been fast to detach from the remainder of the pack with Jeet cementing his lead comfortably with a sizeable margin. In the meantime, Anmol and Pratik battled for second place. Anmol thwarted a number of assaults from Pratik’s Ameo taking his third podium end of the weekend.
He added, “This yr, we’re additionally comfortable to be acknowledged as the category of Indian Nationwide Racing Championship which implies whoever wins the sequence this season might be acknowledged because the Indian Nationwide Racing Champion, so that’s one thing which I’m actually happy with. The crowning glory for us is the truth that the most effective lap for the primary 16 drivers out of 18 was inside a second. This can be a testomony to how effectively the technical crew prepares the automobiles and the way evenly matched all of them are.”
Jeet and Anmol are presently main the Volkswagen Ameo nationwide championship by way of factors. The season will now head to Chennai’s Madras Motor Race Observe for the subsequent three rounds that might be held in July, August and October respectively. The MMRT is a much more demanding monitor compared and can really put the drivers to check as soon as once more. Spherical 1 has been a promising begin to the season.