Mohite wins after perfect launch to go 2nd
The 2017 season of Ameo Cup has been a good learning for me so far and every race I have gained formidable knowledge. Going forward my focus is to be consistent and complete every race of the season in the best possible position.
— Dhruv Mohite
Championship contender A Sandeep Kumar ends up with DNF after he first spun and lost places then crashes at C2 two laps from finish.
Sriperumbudur: Kolhapur boy Dhruv Mohite scripted the most memorable win of his fledging racing career after graduating into salon car this year when he launched himself perfectly in the Volkswagen Ameo Cup to win the Race 2 and joined the championship title race, at the Madras Motor Race Track here on Sunday.
Starting third from the pole in the reverse grid, Dhruv chanced on the messed up start by pole-sitter Rohit Goyal and No 2 Keith Desouza whom he passed by the third corner in the first lap itself.
“It was just the question of maintaining pace and not doing anything outwardly and I managed to bring in the car on top of the podium,” said Dhruv, who so far had done only karting series since he began his motorsports career.
Coming from a business family from Kolhapur that owns a karting track that has been a venue of National championship rounds, this was one big step for Mohite considering it was first time in a race-spec Ameo car built on a world class platform.
Championship leader Karminder Singh, who started seventh, finished second after overtaking five cars, while Saturday’s winner Devin Robertson took the final place on the podium as A Sandeep Kumar crashed and ended up without scoring a point.
A spin and crash, but race on
There was a spin and a crash, both involving Sandeep Kumar, but on both occasions the cars went well out of the track keeping the race in tact.
Driving under extremely hot conditions, as the lights went off, Keith took off with a good launch and got past Rohit even before the first corner on the first lap. Behind him, it was Dhruv who also got off to a brilliant start with a near perfect launch which helped him dive into the first corner ahead of Rohit. One corner later, at turn three, Dhruv got past Keith and took the lead in the race and never let it go.
Action began to unfold behind Dhruv as Keith held on to the second position while Donovan Vaz had climbed up to third position after having started from fifth.
Karminder had come all the way from seventh to fourth in just one lap and soon he got past Donovan and began challenging Keith. Karminder failed to get past Keith for the next two laps, but one mistake on the fourth lap saw the Delhi racer speed past him. In fact, Devin Robertson and Donovan Vaz too got past. From there on, it was Karminder holding on to the second place and Devin in third.
Sandeep had a rather unfortunate race after spinning at the third corner on the first lap and then being taken out by Johir Suresh as he lost control of his car.
“I had a perfect launch at the start which helped me in getting into the lead early in the race. Since I was driving here for the very first time, I had to learn the track,” said Dhruv.
Volkswagen Ameo Cup (Race 2): 1. Dhruv Mohite (Kolhapur) 15:53.219; 2. Karminder Singh (Delhi) 15:59.667; 3. Devin Robertson (South Africa) 16:01.045; 4. Affan Sadat (Bangladesh) 16:17.243; 5. Anmol Singh (Delhi) 16:19.218.
Standings after four races: 1. Karminder Singh 216, 2. Dhruv Mohite 172, 3. A Sandeep Kumar 156.