PUNE: Vicky Chandhok, who made a comeback to competitive rallying after 18 years, finished on the podium in third place in the INRC 1 category and 8th overall.
Chandhok piloted the Volkswagen Polo R2 built by Volkswagen Motorsport team along with co-driver Chandramouli from Bengaluru.
“I am truly delighted with the results. The hard work put by the Volkswagen Motorsport team, my navigator and myself has definitely paid-off,” said Chandhok about his experience in his comeback rally and a podium finish.
“The absolutely testing weather conditions were not making things easy for Chandramouli and me. However, the brilliantly put together rally-car and our strong determination saw us take the podium today!”
“It has been a brilliant opening rally weekend of 2018. There was a lot of learning for the teams and the drivers. Our Polo R2 ran superbly through the 10 stages finishing on the podium eventually,” said Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India.
“I would like to congratulate Vicky and Chandramouli on their brilliant drive and team work, they have done a fantastic job in these unforgiving weather conditions,” added Vissa.