Volkswagen Motorsport conducts its driver selection process and shortlists 15 racers to compete in the Ameo Cup 2017


  • Over 50 prospective racers from across the country participated in the selection process of Ameo Cup 2017 from over 600 applications received
  • The two day drivers’ selection process took place on 17th & 18th December at the Indi Karting track in Pune
  • A total of 20 drivers will compete in the Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2017 season including few racers from the previous season of Vento Cup

Volkswagen Motorsport India conducted the driver selection process last week for the upcoming season of its brand new Volkswagen Ameo Cup in Pune. The two-day event took place on the 17th and 18th of December 2016 at the Indi Karting in Kharadi, Pune. A new set of aspiring drivers was selected to participate in the one-make series of Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2017 which will be hosted as a part of the MMSC-FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship. The Vento Cup gives way to Ameo Cup in 2017 after nurturing young talent in the country.

The selection process received an enormous response from the young racers from across the country with over 600 aspirants registering for the racing series. Mr. Rayomand Banajee, driver coach for Volkswagen Motorsport India and Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India were the judges of the event to select the drivers for the 2017 season. The participants were judged basis their overall driving skills that covered consistency in performance, understanding of racing lines, driving attitude, lap times and ability to learn.


During the two days of comprehensive and rigorous selection process, participants were briefed about the techniques to hone their skills. The prospective racers were also put through a fitness session which tested their stamina and core physical strength. Additionally, they were also introduced to the importance of sponsorship in their career and how it plays a vital role especially in the field of racing.

Commenting on the first Ameo Cup 2017 grid, Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “Volkswagen Motorsport India has been committed to nurturing budding racing talent and it is pleasing to see such enthusiasm amongst youngsters from across country. We have seen some promising racing talent come forward this year and I look forward to seeing them put their learnings to practice in the competitive rounds. With the introduction of Ameo Cup, we expect to see more action on the tracks which will help take this the sport to the next level in this season.”


Note to Editors: Through the selection process held in December in Pune, 15 drivers have been shortlisted for the 2017 season of Volkswagen Motorsport India’s premium one make-series. The list of the final 20 drivers making it to the grid will be confirmed by end of January 2017