Pune: Volkswagen Motorsport India is all set to excite its fans with racing action later this month with its one-make series - Ameo Cup 2017.
As a part of its commitment to motorsport in India and to nurture young racing talent, the one-make series gives an opportunity for amateur racers through its selection process. The driver selection process for its upcoming season of Ameo Cup concluded earlier this year and 10 young racers have been chosen to race in this premium one-make touring car series.
The selection process received an overwhelming response as the 620 entries were gathered from across the country. After going through various stages, 15 racers were shortlisted, from which final 10 racers were selected for 2017 season based on criteria’s such as fitness, driving skills, grasping & learning ability and discipline.
Karminder Pal Singh was awarded a wild card entry for his flawless driving in a special race weekend in the outgoing Vento Cup race cars held earlier this year at Buddh International Circuit.
Eight drivers from previous seasons of Volkswagen Motorsport India’s Vento Cup and Polo Cup will complete the grid with 10 new drivers and two drivers from Bangladesh.
Racers for 2017 Ameo Cup
Jeet Jhabakh, Naveen Puligilla (all Hyderabad), Karminder Singh, Vedant Agarwal, Anmol Singh (all Delhi), Aditya Pawar, Rashad Khan, Pradeep Rao, Sourav Bandyopadhyay, Vishruth Sharma (all Mumbai), A Sandeep Kumar, Rohit Goyal, Abson Varghese (all Chennai), Donovan Vaz (Goa), Affan Sadat (Chittagong, Bangladesh), Tauhid Anwar (Dhaka, Bangladesh), Dhruv Mohite (Kolhapur), Siddharth Kotecha (Jalgaon), Pavneet Singh Sheetal (Indore), Johir Suresh (Coimbatore)
2017 Ameo Cup Schedule (Provisional)
Round 1: 15 -16 July, 2017 Coimbatore
Round 2: 22 -23 July, 2017 Chennai
Round 3: 19-20 August, 2017 Chennai
Round 4: 07-08 October, 2017 Greater Noida
During the season, more international racing drivers are expected to make appearances as guest drivers for single rounds as a part of exchange programme run by Volkswagen Motorsport globally.
The grid comprises of 20 fixed drivers. The final drivers of the 2017 season will undergo a Fitness Camp and a Pre-Season Testing before the first competitive round of the year, which takes place in Coimbatore on July 15-16.