City-based circuit racer Angad Singh Matharoo has kicked off his campaign in the Volkswagen Polo R Cup on a high note. The driver, who finished overall third in the last edition of the event, holds the first spot after the end of the first round, organised from May 31 to June 2.
A total of five rounds will be held during the season, with two races to be conducted in each round.
Angad Singh Matharoo (with trophy) stands overall first after round one of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup, organised at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore from May 31 to June 2. He finished at the top place in the first race, and was second in race two.
In the first race of round one organised at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, Matharoo, after stating ninth on the grid, clocked 19:27.3 to win ahead of Anshul Manoj Shah (19:29.6) and Lee Keshav Gupta (19:30.2).
Though another participant, Karminder Pal Singh, had crossed the line in the first position, he was later given a penalty for having overtaken Anshul under yellow flags. After finishing at the top spot, Matharoo pocketed 30 runs, while Anshul and Lee collected 24 and 20 points, respectively.
In the second race held at the same venue, Matharoo lost the first spot to Bonnie Thomas by a very narrow time difference.
While Thomas took the top honour with a timing of 21:07.5, Matharoo followed at the second place with 21:07.9 seconds.
Anindith Reddy finished third with 21:08.2 seconds.
However, the outcome had little impact on Matharoo’s overall standing. After collecting 24 points from the second race, Matharoo still holds the top place with a total of 54 points. Thomas, with a total of 43 points, occupies the second spot, while Reddy stands third with 35 points.
“The first two races were quite exciting and I am thrilled to be on the podium twice. I hope to continue my good streak for the rest of the season and look forward to going back to Coimbatore for round two.”