After winning the Junior category of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup last season, emerging racer Hanoosh Surapaneni is all set to compete at the national level again.
Hanoosh is looking forward to the 2013 season that 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 Andhra Pradesh 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 Noida.
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).
He made his debut as driver in Deccan Drag Race held at Hyderabad in the year 2009 and won first 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.
The youngster also made debut as Rally driver in 37th Karnataka 1000 Rally held at Bangalore in August 2011 and finished second in 1600 cc category and eighth overall among 43 contestants. He proved his mettle further by finishing first in 1600 cc category and fifth overall in the Rally of Odisha held in Bhubhaneshwar in December 2011.
In 2012 he was selected with third 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.