Volkswagen’s one-make series, the ‘Volkswagen Vento Cup 2016’ steps into its final race as it enters the fourth and final round. And playing host to the grand finale, is India’s only F1 circuit, the Buddh International Circuit in Noida. The last round is slated to be organised alongside the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) from 30th September to 2nd October.
The previous three rounds of the race were held at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT), Chennai and Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore. The fourth round promises a nerve-racking competition as the drivers are neck to neck at the points table. With just 34 points separating Ishaan Dodhiwala (408 points) and Karminder Pal Singh (374 points), both the drivers will be gunning for the championship. Keith Desouza (324 points) is currently third and will be giving his hundred percent for the second position. While Niranjan Todkari, who is currently running at fourth, will be trying hard to push himself further up in the championship.
Making the fourth round even more exciting is the fact that the Formula One track is new to many drivers. And hence, for adapting quickly to the conditions and getting familiarised with the track, Volkswagen Motorsport India will arrange a testing session on 28th September 2016.
Powering the Vento Cup car is a 1390cc, Direct Injected 4-cylinder inline (Turbocharger + Supercharger) engine putting out a whopping 178bhp. Meshed with a 6 Speed automatic - sequential DQ 250 through a Wet Dual Clutch, power is sent to two wheels via a Limited Slip Differential.
The winner of the Vento Cup 2016 will be awarded a fully sponsored season in the MRF 1600 series and the Junior Champion will receive a sponsored season in 2017 Volkswagen Motorsport India one-make racing series.
Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, on the exciting final round, said, “We at Volkswagen Motorsport India have seen the drivers evolve remarkably through this season and this is evident by the number of fresh faces finishing on the podium. They will now have to implement the learnings they have gathered in the final round of the Vento Cup 2016.” He went on to add, “Some of the drivers have already experienced this track which should give them an edge over the others but I am also confident of the new drivers being nimble enough to take the fight to the finish!”