Pune: As the 2017 season of Volkswagen Motorsport India’s flagship one-make series Ameo Cup heads to the Round 3, it is Karminder in a commanding lead for the title hunt. With two cracking rounds down out of four, four different racing drivers have stood on the top spot of the podium. With these results so far, the penultimate round is all set to deliver top-notch action as its sets stage for the finals in September.
Finishing on podium every race of the season – Karminder furthers his campaign with 216 points with the next challenger, Dhruv, trailing by 50 points. Dhruv (166), with two podium finishes, has surprised one and all with his phenomenal pace despite racing touring cars for the first time.
He is followed by Sandeep Kumar (156 points) in a close third place overall. Behind the top three racers is Saurav Bandyopadhyay (122), seen on the grid for the first time since Volkswagen Polo Cup in 2012. Debutant Anmol Singh stands strong in the fifth.
Karminder, on the run to lead the racers on the points table, has driven flawlessly keeping the pace through first two rounds of the Ameo Cup. Getting into the next round, he establishes a comfortable lead over the competition. The battle for top spot between Karminder and Sandeep has been intense so far in the season and is expected to escalate in the upcoming rounds. Sandeep had matched Karminder for points after the first round. However, he missed out on capitalising the momentum after spinning out in last race of Round 2. Sandeep had to settle with a DNF and now stands third on the points table behind Dhruv. The qualifying session would be crucial for Sandeep in Round 3 as he has shown considerable pace in Chennai.
Showcasing his craft in Race 4, Dhruv took a fabulous win adding maximum points to his tally. He is slowly mounting his challenge for the Ameo Cup’s inaugural season by consistently finishing within the top five. However, Dhruv will have to implement all his learnings early as he takes on a much faster Sandeep in Round 3 qualifying ahead of the races during the weekend.