Sailesh Bolisetti, the 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup champion will race in this year's British GT Championship for Team Lotus Sport UK. Bolisetti's Polo Cup title won him a fully paid drive in the 2011 VW Scirocco R Cup where he finished 15th in the points standings.
The Vishakapatnam-born Bolisetti had the option of competing in the Scirocco R Cup again but was drawn to British GT due to two reasons.
The fact that racing in the Scirocco R Cup was a different experience from the Polo Cup in India came as little surprise to Vishakapatnam's Sailesh Bolisetti. He did, however, struggle to get used to the technical nature of the cars with the limited practice that was offered in the Scirocco R Cup. Team Lotus Sport UK's team principal Gary Ayles happened to notice it as well.
“Gary came to Germany to see me race,” Bolisetti told HT. “He told me that in British GT racing there was no ban on practice sessions, so that ultimately got my attention.
“In the British GT, there are three hour practice sessions and two hour qualifying sessions. So I hope to be able to use all this track time to get on the podium this year itself.”
The other, more practical reason, was of money. After having an all expenses paid drive in the Scirocco R Cup last year, Bolisetti would have had to pay the full amount of Rs 64 lakh (approx.) to participate in the 2012 season.
His one-year deal with Team Lotus Sport UK has the team taking care of up to 70 percent of the expenses.
Not to mention the car is a bit of a step up — he will be driving a 360hp Lotus Evora in the seven round championship.