26 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Team Slideways Industries take Polos to the podium at Rally of Coimbatore

2013: Rally of Coimbatore: Byram Godrej

Team Slideways Industries scored three podium positions at round three of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, the Rally Rally of Coimbatore on 20-21 July. Supported by Volkswagen Motorsport India and JK Tyres, the Pune-based squad saw victories in the both the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) and Junior Indian National Rally Championship (JINRC) classes. Former PWRC champion and multiple APRC champion Karamjit Singh put in a flawless run with his co-driver Jagdev Singh over the weekend to secure his second consecutive win in the IRC class with an overall time of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 12.1 seconds.

In the Group N 1600cc class, Byram Godrej and co-driver Prajwal Pai experienced brake issues early on Saturday and ended the day in second place. He was back in stunning form on Sunday morning, though, and enjoyed a terrific run in the rally’s two special stages. Making up over a minute, the pair overhauled their overnight lead, sealing their first win in the 1600cc class with an overall time of 1 hour, 47 minutes, and 44.9 seconds. ‘It is hard to believe that the Volkswagen Polo is only three rallies old given the amount of performance it offers,’ said Byram.

Vikram Mathias and R Chandramouli meanwhile, driving their first rally for Slideways Industries, were in a comfortable lead of the class on day one but went off on the penultimate stage. Sirish Chandran and co-driver Nikhil Pai who scored the Polo’s first victory in the INRC earlier in the year suffered a forgettable weekend with a mechanical problem putting them out of contention on the very first special stage of the event.

It was better news for Team Principal Rohan Pawar and his co-driver Arjun Mehta, who secured another podium finish in the JINRC class, with an overall time of 1 hour, 56 minutes, and 29.2 seconds. Pawar fought with fellow Team Slideways Industries driver Aniruddha Rangnekar, but ultimately went faster that Rangnekar on the second day of the event to clinch first place. ‘I am extremely happy with the team’s and my own performance. Having veteran drivers like Karamjit Singh and Vikram Mathias in the team have bolstered everyone’s spirits and of course our Technical Director Byram Godrej has done an excellent job in preparing and setting up the cars,’ said an elated Pawar.

The Rally of Coimbatore was held alongside the first rounds of the Volkswagen Polo R-Cup India 2013. With the Kari Motor Speedway being the base for both, enthusiasts and spectators were treated to witnessing India’s best racing and rally drivers in action together at the same time. The rally Polos of Team Slideways Industries – which have performed excellently in the Volkswagen Polo R-Cup India on track for the past three years – had no trouble negotiating the tight corners of the track-based special stage after sliding around the gravel stages of the rally.

Team Slideways Industries now heads back to Pune to develop the squad of Polos further with support from Volkswagen Motorsport India, ahead of round four of the championship, the K1000 Rally at Bangalore.

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20 March 2013 ~ 6 Comments

Team Slideways Industries to debut 1600cc Polo Group N in INRC

2013 Team Slideways Industries VW Polo Group N 1600cc

Though a winning sight on the first three rallies of the year, forget the fearsome Polo R WRC for a moment. Last week we heard news of a second Group N Polo 6R rally car being prepared, following the sighting of one in South Africa on the Total Rally a couple of weeks ago. This new car was in India, and as it turns out, forms one of a pair run by Team Slideways Industries, an outfit based in Pune, not far from the Volkswagen factory which makes the Polo (and its Vento sister) for the local market. We’ll be following the team’s progress throughout 2013, and spoke to Aniruddha Rangnekar who looks after press and PR to find out more.

Set to debut the Group N Polo 1.6 at the AVT Premium South India Rally this weekend in Chennai, the Slideways Industries team will contest the six-round 2013 Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), which runs until December. The Polo is the first all-new car to debut in the INRC in over six years and the first hatchback in the rally championship in over a decade. Team Slideways Industries, backed by Pune-based Pinnacle Group, will enter two Polos in the South India Rally driven by Sirish Chandran (with co-driver Nikhil Pai) in the 1600cc class and Rohan Pawar (with co-driver Nitin Jacob) in the Junior INRC class.

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