Sriperumbudur: After having recorded the fastest lap timing of the weekend, Saurav Bandyopadhyay finished on an impressive note being on top in Race 8 before the final action of Volkswagen Motorsport India’s flagship one-make series, the Ameo Cup at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) in Sriperumbudur.
After having dominated the free practice sessions as well as the qualifying session, Bandyopadhyay looked in good form on a pleasant Saturday.
Joining him on the first row was guest racer from China-Anning Sun who finished with a lap time just 0.056 second off the pole position.
Just as the engines started buzzing, Saurav got a perfect launch and maintained his lead going into the first corner. Anning, Sandeep and Donovan got a good start as well and retained their positions into the first corner.
Aditya and Jeet made contact with each other as they entered the second corner. The incident was enough to retire both of them from the race which saw the safety car coming in the picture.
In the same incident, Jeet clipped his car against Dhruv Mohite’s car. Dhruv came in to get his car checked and rejoined only to realise that he could not run the rest of the race at full pace.
After registering the second win of the season, Saurav who looked quite happy with the show said: “This is the best weekend of the 2017 season for me - having put out the best laps in all three sessions before the race, I wanted to win the race desperately. I have been working hard on my driving - through data analysis and a lot of time that I have spent on my racing simulator. The results are paying off now!”
Saurav, having gained maximum points in Race 8 has moved up a position in the battle for the Ameo Cup 2017 title. Meanwhile, Karminder Pal Singh, who despite having a mediocre performance, has a strong lead and continues to be the title favourite.
Karminder did not have a great start to the weekend having qualified in the eighth place. He climbed up to fifth position but later dropped down to seventh in the second last lap.
Rashad Khan and Siddharth Kotecha, who had started on eleventh and twelfth position, got past Karminder to take fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Race 8: 1. Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Mumbai) 18:07.383, 2. Anning Sun (China) 18:08.130, 3. A Sandeep Kumar (Chennai) 18:11.152.