Bolisetti: Enjoyed driving in oval circuits

Vizag-based driver Sailesh Bolisetti made his comeback to racing in India in the Volkswagen Vento Cup last weekend.

After four years of International racing, Bolisetti competed in the opening round of the Vento Cup, where he clinched pole and won the first race while finished sixth in race two.

The Indian driver, since 2011 has been racing in international competitions notching up good results including wins.

"In 2011, I was driving in the Scirocco R Cup, it was a good experience, my first time driving in all the racetracks in Europe," Bolisetti said.

"But I never really liked the push-to-pass function. It created all the problems in the qualifying.

"Though I had good times in the race, the push-to-pass messed up the results," rued the Indian.

Continuing his international journey, Bolisetti moved to British GT in the GT4 category in 2012. "After Scirocco R Cup stint, I moved on to the British GT series and won a couple of races so it was all good.

"Actually I won four of the first six races continuously and it was a success."

"In 2013, I did Euro NASCAR  because I wanted to perform NASCAR in the US," Bolisetti revealed.

"I was there in the top 10 but in 2014 I got involved in a movie shooting and couldn't get enough time to go to America and come back."

When asked about the difference between racing in circuits and ovals, Bolisetti said: "Not one thing particularly, there are a lot of differences.

"I enjoyed driving in the 100 laps oval race. They used different tyres on the right and on the left and it was difficult knowing the setup settings and everything.

"But traveling to and fro between India and US was difficult and so I had to drop the plan," he told.

Talking about the tracks he has driven in Europe, Bolisetti terms Hockenheim as one of his best.

The second on his list is Brands Hatch along with Silverstone. He adds that he liked Nurburgring too but never got to race there.

Interview by Surendhar Muthu

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