Cars in action during Round 3 of Polo R Cup 2013 at BIC
South African driver Jeffrey Kruger enthralled the crowd with his stupendous performance at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) as he emerged victorious in all the three races of Round 3 of Polo R Cup 2013.
In race 1, Kruger capitalised on his pole position to maintain a handsome lead throughout the race and put up a stellar performance by winning with a lead of 10.970 second, claiming his 3rd win and 5th podium in 5 races of this season. Mumbai driver Rahil Noorani, started and finished 2nd, stood on the podium for the 4th time this season. The Chandigarh boy, Angad Singh Matharoo, who started 4th on the grid for this race, finally made it to the podium after finishing 4th for three times in the previous 4 races.
As soon as the race started, Jeffrey took off and never looked back. His racing line was perfect and with no competition he won easily. Rahil had an action-packed lap 1 when he was overtaken and lost 2 spots. But he drove hard and within few seconds managed to reclaim his 2nd position and this time he maintained it till the end. Angad Singh Matharoo had his best race of the season. He had a good qualifying and started the race at the 4th position on the grid. His 2 years of Polo R Cup experience showed when he was able to move up to the 3rd spot during the race and successfully ward off competition that was vying for his place throughout the race. Surprisingly, in the past 4 races he had finished 4th on three occasions and only this time he made it to the podium.
Jeffrey Kruger commented, “I was on podium here at the Buddh International Circuit last year and it’s great to be back. Last 2 podium wins made me hungry to win the race this time. I was confident of winning the race after I clinched the pole position earlier in the day. I was able to maintain the distance between myself and the rest of the pack. I am hoping to be on the podium for the next 2 races to be held here at the F1 track as it has proved to be lucky for me so far.”
Jeffrey Kruger in action during Round 3 of Polo R Cup 2013 at BIC
Kruger went on to maintain his dominance and claimed his 4th victory of the season in race 2 of Round 3 of the Polo R Cup 2-13. Kartik Tharani finished second and rookie driver Lee Keshav finished a brilliant third.
Mumbai lad Gaurav Mehta’s car toppled on lap 4 on the last corner which resulted in a safety car coming out from lap 5 to lap 7. At the end of lap 7, safety car came in and the race resumed with Jeffrey Kruger, Karthik Tharani and Samarth Jaiswal in the top 3 positions. As soon as the safety car came into the pits, Jeffrey and Karthik held on to their positions and finished in 1st and 2nd spots respectively. Behind them the fight for 3rd spot ensued between Lee Keshav Gupta, Angad Singh Matharoo, Samarth Jaiswal and Rahil Noorani. On the last lap Lee Keshav made a move just before the race was about to end to take the last spot on the podium.
“The car was incredible. I believe this has happened as there is a lot of hard work that the Volkswagen technician and complete team have put in with me here today. It’s just a pleasure to drive it around this exciting track, says first time podium winner Lee Keshav Gupta.”
“It was a fantastic win,” Jeffrey Kruger said. “I had the pace and I am glad I capitalized on it. It doesn't matter how many times I win, how many times I repeat that win, every race I start from ground zero and it is always great to win.”
Jeffrey Kruger (centre) with his trophy after winning Race 3 of Round 3 of the Polo R Cup 2013 with Prashanth Tharani (left) and Karthik Tharani (right)
In race 3, Kruger started from the pole position and pulled away from the pack from lap 1 itself and kept on increasing his lead to eventually win the race with a huge margin completing his hatrick in Round 3 of Polo R Cup 2013.
Championship contender, Rahil Noorani started from 2nd position but he made a mistake on the 1st lap which dropped him down to the 7th position, ultimately leading to him to finish 6th. The fight for 2nd and 3rd spot was exciting as it was on till the last corner of final lap. Prashanth Tharani snatched an excellent podium by overtaking his brother Karthik Tharani in the middle of the race and overtook Yatin Magu to finish second. He was followed by Karthik Tharani, Angad Singh Matharoo and Rahil Noorani.
“I had come to this round with a lot of determination and confidence. The intention is to always win and each win is special. I am elated and no words can express how I feel. I am looking forward to the last round here at Buddh International Circuit,” said Jeffrey Kruger.
Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Motorsports, said, “The penultimate round of 2013 Volkswagen Polo R Cup made for a thrilling weekend with not 2 but 3 races with the clear domination from South African driver Jeffery Kruger. Jeffrey won all 3 races this weekend posting some of the fastest lap times.”
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