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Ishaan Dodhiwala stomps pole position for the first race of VW Vento Cup 2016

Snapshot: Jeet Jhabakh, who debuts with his first ever race, put up an impressive lap of 1 min 11.628 seconds settling at the fifth spot on the grid.

Earlier we informed you about the Fitness Camp and a pre-season test for the Vento Cup 2016 drivers carried out prior to the season start. The Qualifying session for Race 1 of the weekend started off, where Ishaan Dodhiwala stomped the race with a pole position in the first fast lap, clocking a lap time of 1 min 10.087 second. The first race of the Volkswagen Vento Cup 2016 will be held at Kari Motor Speedway near Coimbatore tomorrow at 12:15 pm, followed by the second race at 3:40 pm.

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Commenting on the first pole position of the season, Ishaan said, “I had a good feeling right from the pre-season test into the free practice sessions. The car was feeling good and I was confident of the timing I had put in right at the beginning. The conditions were good for driving today and I hope it stays like this for the races tomorrow.” Further, adding to this, he said, “My target for tomorrow will be to have a good start and carry the pace that I have had over the last week into the races.”

While Ishaan was at his best, the second position was secured by Keith Desouza with a fastest lap time of 1 min 11.018 second, 0.931 second behind Ishaan Dodhiwala, now that’s a close call! Followed by Karminder Pal Singh, who is also last year’s Vento Cup Runner-Up, ticking a time of time of 1 min 11.288 second and the fourth spot was secured by the Former Polo Cup driver Aditya Pawar, making a comeback after couple of years, clocked 1 min 11.608 seconds. Jeet Jhabakh, who debuts with his first ever race, put up an impressive lap of 1 min 11.628 seconds settling at the fifth spot on the grid.

Speaking about his experience in the Volkswagen Motorsport programme, Jeet said, “The Vento Cup race cars are just great to drive. The pre-season test helped me a lot to understand the track, the car and the lines that I should be taking. Driver Coach Rayomand Banajee and fellow drivers played an instrumental role in making me understand the fine bits of getting faster out there. I am looking forward for a good set of races tomorrow.”

Below is the Qualifying Results - Volkswagen Vento Cup 2016:

Sr. No.

Car Number

Name

Best Time

1

8

Ishaan Dodhiwala

01:10:087

2

11

Keith Desouza

01:11:018

3

16

Karminder Pal Singh

01:11.288

4

7

Aditya Pawar

01:11.608

5

5

Jeet Jhabakh

01:11.628

6

3

Amit Mete

01:12.031

7

1

Rashad Khan

01:12.206

8

9

Sree Venkata Teja

01:12.207

9

20

Pradeep Rao

01:12.299

10

14

Eswar Bolisetti

01:12.355

11

18

Niranjan Todkari

01:12.700

12

10

Arfath Mohammed

01:12.793

13

12

Gowdham Raj

01:12.965

14

4

Rajeev Srivastava

01:13.050

15

17

Arunshowry Vallabhaneni

01:13.050

16

6

Hatim Shabbir

01:13.077

17

19

Abhishek Vakil

01:15.065

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