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12th Edition Of The MRF MMSC Volkswagen Polo National Racing Championship Kicks-Off In Chennai

Second Round of the championship is scheduled for 10 – 12th December, 2021

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Volkswagen Motorsport India (VMI) kicked off the 12th edition of their MRF MMSC Volkswagen Polo National Racing Championship, with the first round of races being held from 24th to 26th September 2021, at the Madras Motor Racetrack, in Chennai. 22 drivers from across India and neighboring countries, will be competing for the 2021 one-make Championship.

After a year of Virtual Racing, the MRF MMSC Volkswagen Polo National Racing Championship was back, with two races of round 1 held at the MMRT, Chennai. The first race of round 1 was a closely fought affair, right from the start to the finish.  Bengaluru’s Aditya Swaminathan remained consistent from the start of the race to the podium finish. Getting off the line with a perfect launch, Aditya made sure he was not caught by Bangladesh’s Aiman Sadat in the first lap. As the race went on, Aditya had a comfortable lead, with Aiman, Anmol and Saurav fighting for the remaining 2 positions on the podium. It was a close fight, with Delhi’s Anmol Singh Sahil finishing second, and Mumbai’s Saurav Bandyopadhyay taking the third position. Race 1 also witnessed an early retirement, as Diana Pundole, the only female driver, crashed into the barricade in her efforts to avoid collision with Shreyas Dhimate, who had a spin in front of her. After ensuring the safety of both the drivers, the race restarted, with the remaining 20 drivers competing for a top 3 finish.

Race 2 of the weekend turned out to be an action-packed one, as it started with a reversed grid formation and winners of the first race were at the back of the pack, vying for the podium finish. Chennai’s home favorite, Ritesh Rai started at the pole position, and seasoned driver, Pune’s Pratik Sonawane at the second spot. Compensating for a lackluster performance in the first race, Pratik overtook Ritesh in the opening laps, before taking home the victory. Chennai’s Ritesh Rai and Ghaziabad’s Siddharth Mehdiratta finished the race in the second and third positions, respectively.

Commenting on the occasion, Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “I am happy to be back on the track for our 12th edition of the MRF MMSC Volkswagen Polo National Racing Championship. The race weekend turned out to be eventful and power packed as we witnessed some exhilarating performances and I would like to congratulate, both Aditya and Pratik, winners of the race 1 and 2 of round one. Like always, eagerly looking forward to the second round of the MRF MMSC Volkswagen Polo National Racing Championship 2021.”

Round 1 of the 2021 Polo National Racing Championship had drama, excitement and scintillating performances from all the drivers. Both the races had six different winners, which hots up the battle for the championship, as it heads into round 2. With a mix of experienced and rookie drivers, the championship will see a dynamic competition in the upcoming rounds. Stay tuned for round 2, which is scheduled to take place from 10-12 December, at the Madras Motor Racetrack, in Chennai.

MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship Round 1 Race 1 Results:

Sr. No.

Car Number

Name

Total Time

City

1

16

Aditya Swaminathan

14:00.605

Bengaluru

2

11

Anmol Singh Sahil

14:01.650

Ghaziabad

3

01

Saurav Bandyopadhyay

14:03.285

Thane

4

20

Aiman Sadat

14:04.773

Bangladesh

5

14

Avik Anwar

14:09.660

Bangladesh

6

18

Sandeep Kumar

14:09.878

Chennai

7

12

Arya Singh

14:12.921

Kolkata

8

03

Sai Sanjay TS

14:14.729

Salem

9

22

Oshan Kothadiya

14:15.436

Pune

10

09

Sidharth Mehidratta

14:17.125

Lucknow

11

07

Pratik Sonawane

14:34.289

Pune

12

13

Ritesh Rai

12:36.556

Chennai

13

06

Yokeshwaran K

12:40.585

Coimbatore

14

23

Sahil Sanjay Shelar

12:50.696

Pune

15

21

Shreyas Dhimate

12:57.103

Pune

16

19

Adil Shah

13:02.937

Thane

17

04

Viraj Jairaj Jhala

13:04.550

Nasik

18

10

Prashanth Antil

14:11.601

Haryana

19

02

Ayush Tainwala

08:11.478

Mumbai

20

05

Ishayet Hossain

10:20.568

Bangladesh

21

15

Diana Pundole

06:26.195

Pune

22

08

Arefeen Rafi Ahmed

06:33.723

Bangladesh



MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship Round 1 Race 2 Results:

Sr. No.

Car Number

Name

Total Time

City

1

07

Pratik Sonawane

19:46.949

Pune

2

13

Ritesh Rai

19:48.035

Chennai

3

09

Sidharth Mehidratta

19:48.806

Lucknow

4

18

Sandeep Kumar

19:48.990

Chennai

5

11

Anmol Singh Sahil

19:51.206

Ghaziabad

6

22

Oshan Kothadiya

19:51.888

Pune

7

14

Avik Anwar

19:52.757

Bangladesh

8

01

Saurav Bandyopadhyay

19:53.169

Thane

9

20

Aiman Sadat

19:56.502

Bangladesh

10

23

Sahil Sanjay Shelar

19:59.862

Pune

11

03

Sai Sanjay TS

20:00.654

Salem

12

12

Arya Singh

20:04.003

Kolkata

13

16

Aditya Swaminathan

20:06.685

Bengaluru

14

02

Ayush Tainwala

20:10.049

Mumbai

15

06

Yokeshwaran K

20:14.081

Coimbatore

16

05

Ishayet Hossain

20:30.565

Bangladesh

17

04

Viraj Jairaj Jhala

20:31.022

Nasik

18

19

Adil Shah

20:43.518

Thane

19

10

Prashanth Antil

20:44.160

Haryana

20

15

Diana Pundole

21:31.987

Pune

21

21

Shreyas Dhimate

22:30.760 (c)

Pune

22

08

Arefeen Rafi Ahmed

Not Classified

Bangladesh