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JK Tyres new racing endeavour to tap talent

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Apr 4 (UNI) In order to popularise the proverbial elite motorsport at grassroot level, the premier sponsor of this sport JK Tyres today announced the launch of 'JK Tyres Racing Cup' for newcomers.

Addressing a press conference here, JK Tyres' Head, Motorsports Sanjay S Sharma and Manoj Dalal, Chairman of the event, the inaugural edition of which will be held on April 15, 16, 29 and 30 and June 3 and 4, said the six round championship will be held at the MMSC race track at Irungattukottai.

The event will essentially be for beginners who had not won a race in the senior level in the last two years or debutants in the sport in Formula Maruti and Esteem saloon cars. "Cars will also be available for hire at very nominal charges," Mr Sharma announced.

"It is an event for juniors," they said, adding it was being held during the holiday season to enthuse school-going students and youngsters in college to take to motor-racing to spawn talent like Narain Karthikeyan, Karan Chandok and Armaan Ebrahim.

Young drivers learning the ropes in four leading academies - Wallace Sport, Ram's Racing, A Z Racing and ASV Management of India's first F3 driver Akbar Ebrahim's school, would participate.

Winners in the first three places would also be offered prize money of Rs 10,000 (winner), Rs 7000 and Rs 5000. Besides, the top three drivers would be provided sponsorship to take part in the JK National Road Racing championship being held over the last nine years in the senior category.

Mr Sharma said JK had been addressing the need to broaden the talent base in the sport for a long time, ever since it took up promotion of motor racing in India.

So far, sponsorship driver teams had come from Amron and Lavelin.

'We are confident that others will follow suit once the event gets going. We will also introduce competitions in two more classes.' In spite of infrastructure and racing car technology being poor vis-a-vis international standards, "we have produced one F1 driver (Narain Karthikeyan). But we have not succeeded in reaching this sport to the common man," Mr Sharma said.

"The aim is that we must evolve at least three to five F1 drivers in the near future," he said, adding the new junior event was aimed at realising this dream.


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