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Volkswagen Motorsports India deduces Fitness camp and Pre-season test for drivers

Snapshot: A total of 18 drivers will compete in the Vento Cup 2016 Round 1 at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore this weekend

Volkswagen Motorsport India has concluded a Fitness Camp and a pre-season test for the Vento Cup 2016 drivers prior to the start of the season. The Round 1 of the Vento Cup 2016 start off this weekend on 18th and 19th June, 2016 at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore. The 2016 season marks the beginning of a three-year long partnership with MMSC and MRF. And with this, the premium one-make series from Volkswagen Motorsport India becomes a part of the MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship.

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The Fitness Camp was organized in Bangalore where the Vento Cup 2016 drivers participated, testing their endurance. Just like the last two seasons, this year’s camp was also organized in association with the fitness partner British Nutrition. The camp began with the BMI check, where the fitness experts gave some important tips on fitness regimes and nutrition basis the BMI results of each participant.

This year’s camp witnessed the presence of Mr U Vimal Kumar (two times National Badminton Champion (1988 and 89), Ex- Chief National Coach of India, Director at Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and current coach to Saina Nehwal) as the guest speaker. Mr. Kumar spoke about his experience as sportsman, training in modern times, what sets the champions apart and how Saina prepares herself before any big match. It focused on improving the drivers’ physical and psychological fitness and to provide them with insights on diet and exercise routine they need to follow throughout the season.

 

Speaking on this, Mr Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India commented about the Fitness Camp, “At Volkswagen Motorsport India, we have always taken a holistic approach to our programme and the driver development we do. Once again, thanks to our Fitness partner – British Nutrition, Mr. Bharath Reddy and his team, the fitness camp organized before the beginning of the season was quite a success. The drivers are now well aware of where they are in terms of their individual fitness levels and the areas for improvement. Now we look forward to the season opener of the championship this weekend in Coimbatore.”

After the Fitness Camp, all the drivers travelled to Coimbatore for their first testing of the season in the new Vento Race Car at the Kari Motor Speedway. This camp kicked off with new racers driving the road-spec Polo cars with roll cages where they did a lead-and-follow session with Rayomand Banajee (Driver Coach Volkswagen Vento Cup) and Karthik Tharani (Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2014 Champion and Volkswagen Motorsport development driver). In fact, for the first time Volkswagen invited some of the youngest drivers from the Micromax Championship to be a part of the fitness camp, and educated them on the commitment required in terms of fitness.

The following drivers will form the grid of the Volkswagen Vento Cup 2016 –

 

Sr. No.

Name

Age

City

1.       

Aditya Mhatre

22

Mumbai

2.       

Karminder Pal Singh

23

Delhi

3.       

Amit Mete

27

Aurangabad 

4.       

Arfath Mohammed

19

Chennai

5.       

Arunshowry Vallabhaneni

21

Hyderabad

6.       

Eswar Bolisetti

20

Vizag

7.       

Gowdham Raj

26

Coimbatore 

8.       

Hatim Shabbir

20

Chennai

9.       

Ishaan Dodhiwala

26

Hyderabad

10.    

Keith Desouza

22

Goa

11.    

Niranjan Todkari

22

Pune

12.    

Pradeep Rao

26

Mumbai

13.    

Rashad Khan

19

Pune

14.    

Aditya Pawar

25

Mumbai

15.    

Abhishek Vakil

31

Mumbai

16.    

Rajeev Srivastava

22

Reva

17.    

Jeet Jhabakh

23

Hyderabad

18.    

Venkat Teja

20

Chennai

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