VW Motorsports India is on a roll with the Polo being looked at as the next-generation rally car in India by teams and privateers alike. In totality, 11 Polo rally cars will be competing in their respective categories. Increasing number of privateers and teams are opting for the Polo considering its potential, and the icing on the cake being the availability of spares and technical support by VW Motorsport.
The Polo R2, factory-made by VW Motorsports India, made its debut in the K1000 Rally of Bangalore and was driven by ace-driver Karamjit Singh, the car and driver combination impressed everyone. The Polo R2 will make its second appearance this season and will be run the entire season in 2014. The Group N Polo, which is also made by VW Motorsports, will join its sibling in this popular rally. The Coffee Day Rally will help in the further development of Polo R2. Team Slideways Industries is leading the championship driving VW Polos.
Often rated as the best rally in India by drivers, the Coffee Day Rally has a lot to offer this year. The Chikmagalur Rally is sponsored by Coffee Day in association with VW and is organized by the Motorsport Club of Chikmagalur. The event is being hosted by Serai Resorts, Chikmagalur. There are special stages this year which includes a newly created dirt route through the premises of the Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company. The Super Special Stage will be held at Amber Valley Residential School, Chikmagalur. The total Special Stage distance of the rally will be 113.50 km and liaison distance would be 171.20 km.
The Coffee Day Rally will be visited by FIA Observer, Mr.Nanthan from Malaysia and Mr.Murray Brown from New Zealand who will examine the logistics. The Chikmagalur Rally is under scrutiny by these gentlemen and might host a round for 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Championship.
Mr.Venkatesh, Director, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts said the Coffee Day Rally has become a tradition and people from all over the country visit to watch the rally cars in action. This year, Coffee Day Rally, for the first time, will run in four Coffee Day estates spread over 2,500 acres. This year more than 7,000 spectators are expected.