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Parth Ghorpade wins Formula Pilota Asian Championship

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Young Indian racer Parth Ghorpade has became the first Indian to win the Formula Pilota Asian Championship when he won Race 2 at Round 6 of the 2012 Formula Pilota Championship in Sepang, Malaysia. With this win he finished 1st in the Asian Category and 3rd overall in the Championship behind Antonio Giovinazzi and Dan Wells. Parth had earlier finished 5th in Race 1 and had to retire in Race 3.

Both the overall Champion and Asian Champion will get the opportunity to join a 4 day evaluation at the Ferrari Driver Academy, which will include a F3 test, and a program of physical and psychological tests, along with a day of testing in the simulator. The Ferrari Driver Academy is aimed at evaluating young upcoming talents at both national and international levels and Parth will have the distinction of becoming the first Indian to be a part of it.

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A. Sandeep Kumar to represent India at 2013 Scirocco R-Cup

Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 comes to an end with the finale being hosted at Buddh International Circuit. The end of the season marks the beginning of a new challenge for A. Sandeep Kumar who emerged as the winner of the Pro Category of Polo R Cup 2012 Championship as he gets a chance to represent the country in Scirocco R-Cup 2013 in Germany. In a ceremony post the last race of the season, Dr. John Chacko, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen Indian Pvt. Ltd., announced Sandeep as the recipient of the seat reserved for Polo R Cup India driver at Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Germany next year. Junior-category winner, Hanoosh Surapaneni, has been offered a sponsored seat in the 2014 season of Polo R Cup India.

The battle for the Pro Category Champioship was open and extremely close all the way till the last round of the season with Sandeep leading the pack of drivers with a fine margin over Raahil Noorani and Avdumber Hede. In the two races of the round 6, Sandeep emerged as the better driver amongst the competitors and claimed the crucial points to retain his top spot in the championship.

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Ameya Walavalkar crowned Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 Champion

Ameya Walavalkar was crowned the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 Champion in style when he passed pre-race favourite and leader Jeffrey John Kruger on the last lap to win Race 1 at the Buddh International Circuit. Ameya becomes the third winner of the only one make series in India, the Volkswagen Polo R Cup, after Sailesh Bolisetti and Vishnu Prasad. Prashanth Tharani Singh won Race 2 ahead of Munjal Savla and Jeffrey John Kruger.

In Race 1, Jeffrey, one of the two guest drivers from South Africa, had a strong start and pulled away from pole position. Ameya too had an excellent start and overtook Avdumber Hede in the first corner on lap 1. Ameya and Avdumber started closing in on Jeffrey in lap 4 when he lost some pace. Ameya caught Jeffrey with one lap to go and got the perfect opportunity to pass him and pulled off a great move at the end of the long straight to win his 4th race of the season. Ameya finished Race 1 with a final time of 14:48.856 with Jeffrey 0.745 seconds behind and Avdumber a 1.276 seconds behind the leader respectively.

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Guest Driver Jeffry Kruger snatches pole position of the last qualifier of this season of Polo R Cup 2012

Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 season ender begins with surprises. Jeffrey John Kruger, one of the 2 guest drivers from South Africa, clinched a brilliant pole position in his debut race in India by setting the quickest lap time of 2:26.039. This is Jeffrey’s first ever race on a Formula 1 circuit. He will be joined in the front row by Avdumber Hede who was 1.523 seconds slower than the behind the leader. Ameya Walavalkar and Saurav Bandyopadhay will start 3rd(clocked 2.027 seconds behind the leader) and 4th respectively.

This year, in contention of the title is Ameya Walavalkar (384 points). He is followed by Sandeep Kumar (307 points), Rahil Noorani (301 points), Avdumber Hede (277 points) and Saurav Bandyopadhay (237). With 2 races and 60 points for the winner of each race, the championship is still open.

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Valtteri Bottas to partner Pastor Maldonado for Williams in 2013 Formula One World Championship

The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce that Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will be the team’s race drivers for the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

2013 will be Pastor’s third season with the team and comes on the back of a successful 2012 that saw him win the Spanish Grand Prix in commanding style. Valtteri has been the Williams F1 Team’s test driver since 2010. In his role as reserve driver Valtteri has taken part in a number of this season’s Friday practice sessions, impressing with his pace and maturity from the outset. The GP3 champion in 2011, 2013 will see Valtteri compete in the Formula One World Championship for the first time.

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Vettel clinches World Championship in dramatic Brazilian GP; Button oozes class to claim victory

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vettel_wins_world_titleJenson Button drove a supreme race to take an excellent victory for the McLaren team at the season ending race at the Interlagos circuit in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Button as a result of his 15th career victory stakes his claim to step into a team-leaders role within the McLaren team with Lewis Hamilton departing to the Mercedes team next season. Fernando Alonso's best efforts could not clinch the drivers' title that the Spaniard has been longing for, as despite finishing in a magnificent 2nd place, the F2012 did not match the class of the Red Bulls or the McLarens for most of the season. Alonso finished the season with 278 points, 3 points shy of Vettel who claimed a historic third Drivers' Championship. Felipe Massa finished in an excellent 3rd place in his home GP, in what was a Ferrari 2-3, which was enough for the team from Maranello to finish runners-up to the Red Bull team in the Constructors' Championship.

Mark Webber finished in 4th place in an incident packed encounter whilst Nico Hulkenberg came in a slightly disappointing 5th place having led the race for a considerable number of laps on a day on which he might have well won had it not been for a small error. The drive of the day belonged to Sebastian Vettel who after a spin on the very first lap clawed his way back to finish in 6th place. At 25 years, the Heppenheim born Sebastian Vettel rewrote the record books to be crowned the youngest ever Triple World Champion in Formula One history stealing Ayrton Senna's longstanding record, in a career which threatens to scale new heights. It is a fitting tribute that the German ace would wrap up a third consecutive title on the bounce, to beat Senna's record on the legend's home turf in Sao Paulo.

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Alonso promoted to 7th place as Maldonado is handed ten-place grid penalty

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Fernando Alonso's hopes of overturning the odds to be crowned the youngest ever Triple World Champion in Formula One history (by a few months) received a small boost with the news that Pastor Maldonado has been demoted ten grid places in the Brazilian GP for missing a weighbridge call during qualifying.

The Ferrari driver will therefore move up a position into 7th place having struggled in qualifying which saw the Spanish Matador carry more downforce than his rivals, as a result of which he qualified his F2012 in a lowly 8th place on the grid. In addition to starting one place higher on the grid than he would have otherwise, the title chasing Ferrari ace now gets to start on the cleaner side of the track- although the difference between the clean and the dirty side of the track is not as pronounced as in Austin last week.

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