Volkswagen Vento Cup Drivers' Selection: Second Round to be held on 28th February and 1st March 2015 in Pune

  • The second round of selecting drivers for Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015 will be conducted through Go-karting rounds in Pune at Indi Karting Track on Saturday, 28th February and Sunday, 1st March 2015
  • Drivers’ registrations for Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015 are open at www.volkswagen-motorsport.in

Pune, February 26, 2015 – Volkswagen Motorsport India’s recently announced Vento Cup 2015 will see the second round of Drivers’ Selection over the coming weekend in Pune. Being conducted on the same lines of the first Drivers’ Selection, this round will be held at the Indi Karting Track in Kharadi, Pune where drivers willing to compete in the premium one-make touring car racing series can test their skill, prove their mettle and get selected if they have the talent. The Vento Cup series will serve the purpose of providing young racing talents a platform for showcasing and cultivating their skills further.

The registrations for the Drivers Selection have been open since 15th January 2015 online via www.volkswagen-motorsport.in. The selection would be taking place through Go-Karting sessions conducted by Vento Cup Driver Coach Rayomand Banajee. The first round of selections for Volkswagen Vento Cup 2015 took place on the 14th and 15th February 2015 through which the first batch of drivers was shortlisted.

Drivers appearing for the selection round will have a nominal fee of Rs. 5000 along with a refundable deposit for damage costs. The drivers will be briefed by Driver Coach through the day and between sessions. Final selection would be done on the basis of the 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 which will commence later this year and will be conducted at different racing circuits.

Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, commented "At the first round of selection, we saw some talented drivers coming forward. They showed their skill and eagerness to learn. We have shortlisted some drivers then and will shortlist some more talents this weekend." He further added, “The final selected drivers will then be put through some training in our race cars and through fitness regimes to prepare them for the upcoming season. With the Vento race car this year, we already have a new machine for racing, which has shown promising performance in the first tests. Now we are selecting the drivers and training them for these cars!”

About Volkswagen Motorsport India: Taking ahead more than 40 years of enriching global motorsport legacy of Volkswagen, Volkswagen Motorsport India commenced operations with the Polo Cup India in 2010. The series started off with a first- ever iconic race being held at Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi in Pune, the hometown of Volkswagen in India. The vast global expertise, coupled with rich dynamic history of the Group has enabled Volkswagen Motorsport India to progress swiftly and become the best one make series in a short span of time. The Volkswagen Polo R Cup enhanced awareness as well as underlined the technological advancement and power of Volkswagen Polo in India. In 2015, Volkswagen Motorsport India shifted to Vento Cup and continued to provide a vital platform for the talented young racers to demonstrate their capabilities nationally and internationally by nurturing them. In the one-make series, all participating cars are technically identical with the same performance making it possible for only the most skilled drivers to leave an impact. Successes in Indian Rallying: Under the Customer Sport Initiative, Volkswagen Motorsport India started providing teams and individuals running Volkswagen Polo rally cars in the Indian Rally Championship (IRC) with technical assistance and spares from 2013. The Volkswagen Polo ended 2013 and 2014 season by winning the 1600-cc class and grabbing numerous rally wins. Volkswagen Group India Communication