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Hanoosh eager to begin new Motorsport season

18 Jul 2013, 19:37 IST
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For the span of two decades the city of Hyderabad witnessed an upspring in the motor sport where, Mr. Hanoosh Surapaneni, a junior emerging champ is all set to represent at the national level again. After winning the Junior category of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup last season Hanoosh looks ahead with hope as the 2013 season gets underway at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore on July 20.

By virtue of winning his category, Hanoosh bagged the sponsored seat for 2013 and returns to racing in the semester break of his Masters course in Pace University, New York. Hanoosh was the only driver selected for Polo R Cup from AP in the last three years from over 1000 applicants in India.

Polo R Cup, a part of the JK National Racing Championship in India, is the first one make racing series running race prepped Volkswagen Polo cars with a 1.4 TSI engine and DSG gearbox, offering a maximum power of 180 PS. The championship has six rounds of national races with stops at Chennai and the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi.

Polo R Cup has been a quantum leap for the Steel Exchange-sponsored Hanoosh, who made his debut at the Deccan Drag Race in Hyderabad in 2009 and finished first in Stock category when just 18. He finished eighth overall in the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) Round IV K1000 (1600N category). Hanoosh finished first in the fourth race if INRC Round VI Rally of Odisha and fifth overall.

Hanoosh made his debut as driver in Deccan Drag Race held at Hyderabad in the year 2009 and won 1st place in the stock category of 1600cc to 1800cc class. This was his first ever entry into motorsport and he had made his mark by emerging winner amongst 18 contestant in this category.

This feat of Hanoosh has created interest in WINSPEED to launch him into rallying. He was assigned for training at Coimbatore just for one day in August 2011. He also made debut as Rally driver in 37th Karnataka 1000 Rally held at Bengaluru in August 2011 and finished 2nd in 1600 cc category and 8th Overall among 43 contestants.

This is a superb performance for a driver who has never driven on a dirt surface 10 days before this event. He proved his mettle further by finishing 1st in 1600cc category and 5th overall in the Rally of Odisha held in Bhubhaneshwar in December 2011.

In 2012 he was selected with 3rd best timing for Indian premier track racing event VW Polo-R Cup and hence won the Junior Polo R Cup 2012 championship. He has been rewarded free entry into Polo R Cup 2013 championship.

Steel Exchange India Limited (SEIL), one of the largest steel manufacturers in the private sector in Andhra Pradesh has keen interest in promoting sports and sportsmen. The company had also sponsored an under-18 cricket tournament in 2009 to encourage young players from all over the world and our country.

The tournament was held in Hyderabad and had Chris Cairns and Hashan Tillakaratne as brand ambassadors. Continuing its interest in promoting sports, Steel Exchange India Limited is supporting Hanoosh for pursuing his career in racing for the 2013 Volkswagen Polo R Cup Championship by sponsoring the travel, running costs and spares.

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