Indian saloon car racer Sailesh Bolisetti is all set to make his British GT debut with Lotus Sport UK team in Delhi in the coming weekend.
The seven-round 2012 season of the premier British Sportscar championship is shaping up be one of the most fiercely competitive in recent times, thanks to a strong 35-car grid featuring several manufacturer-backed entries.
Sailesh will be piloting the Lotus Evora in the GT4 category, amidst strong competition with the category comprising of cars like the Nissan 370Z, BMW M3, Aston Martin N24, Ginetta G50 and However, he is well-prepared for the weekend which at best will be a trail by the fire - given the amount of experienced drivers on the grid, including his teammates.
Having got some track time in the Evora GT4 last month, the Vizag lad concedes that it is going to be a steep learning curve.
"My first experience in the Evora was overwhelming; it was a completely different beast to anything else I had driven before. Having raced front-wheel drive cars throughout my career, I had to make considerable changes to his driving style to adapt to the 360 bhp race car."
"Maybe it didn't help that it was my first time in a rear-wheel drive, but after a few sessions I was reasonably comfortable with its behaviour and am looking forward to carry the momentum into my first race weekend."
The Lotus team was satisfied with Sailesh's progress at the test, with his experienced teammate Phil Glew acting as the benchmark throughout.
The weekend at Oulton Park comprises of two practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and two one-hour races. Harbouring the ambition to drive Le Mans-style endurance events, the format finds favour with the 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup India champion.