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Wings clipped, focus shifts to Polo cup

india Updated: Jun 18, 2011 23:26 IST
Vinayak Pande
Vinayak Pande
Hindustan Times
Vinayak Pande

Formula Rolon cars were conspicuously absent when the 14th edition of the FMSCI National Racing Championship started here on Saturday.

The series, which first ran in 2006, was India's first and only racing series that featured cars with slick tyres and wings. The addition of the MRF Formula 1600 to the Indian road racing calendar was the final nail in the coffin of the series that tried to re-invent itself last year. As of now there are only talks of potential projects to take its place.

The discontinuation of the series now leaves LGB Formula Swift as the highest level of single-seat racing in the National Racing Champ-ionship's portfolio. With the Rolon cars now history, the spotlight has shifted to the Volkswagen Polo Cup, which is now in its second year. The single-make series features only six drivers from last year's championship.

Over to Polo Cup
With defending champion Sailesh Bolisetti now promoted to Volkswagen's Scirocco R Cup in Germany, Chennai's Vishnu Prasad and Mumbai's Munjan Salva were left to fight it out for the first qualifying session of the new season. Prasad edged out Salva by a margin of just 0.187 seconds. Mihir Dharkar, Audumber Hede and Saif Mir completed the top five on the starting grid. The highlight of the day, however, was the Super Saloon race that saw veteran Radha Selvarajan outpace Raj Virudhan by a whisker. A margin of 0.042 seconds to be exact.

The writer's trip has been sponsored by JK Tyres