-Winners of Volkswagen's one-make championship will be the factory drivers.
A few days ago, Volkswagen Motorsport's one-make championship – the Ameo Cup – was recognised as a National Championship. Now, the Volkswagen Motorsport India will enter the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship 2019 as a factory team participating in the Indian Touring Car (ITC) category.
The three Vento TC4 race cars, developed last year, will be piloted by former winners of Volkswagen’s one-make championship – Karthik Tharani, Ishaan Dodhiwala and Dhruv Mohite. Participating in the ITC category is important for the brand as it gives their former one-make series winners a platform to compete and further up their game.
Commenting on the development, Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, said,“Over the last ten years, we have been strengthening our presence in Motorsport in India. Volkswagen is committed towards the cause and I am proud to announce our entry into India’s premier racing category with our very own factory team. We started developing our cars last year by participating in the Turbo class. But with the integration of the category into ITC, we are extremely happy to participate in a class that is at the pinnacle of racing in India. All three drivers who represent our factory team are extremely talented and have proven their mettle through our one-make series in the past. By building proper race cars for the drivers, we are also providing them with an option to develop their career further.”
We at CarWale have driven the Volkswagen Vento Race Car at the 2019 CarWale Trackday. The TC4 spec race car is powered by a 1.8-litre TSI engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with a manual gearshift lever. This car is capable of producing 215bhp of peak power and 350Nm peak torque. To know more about the Vento race car from the track click here.