Greater Noida, November 16: All roads for racing aficionados in Delhi-NCR will lead to the Buddh International Circuit over the weekend as the curtain goes up on the Grand Finale of the 21st JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, the country’s gearing motorsports extravaganza.
Rohit could have shot ahead of Vishnu Prasad of MSport (61 points) but unfavourable results in the last two races of the round left him with a tough but not impossible task over the next two days.
The JK Euro 2018 is also expected to be a fight to the finish too, with Ashwin Datta impressing with his precision driving all through the season. He is on top of the table with 74 points but Chennai's KarthikTharani (68 points) and Mumbai's Nayan Chatterjee (66 points) are likely to be on his throat right from the first race.
"We have had an exciting season and it has been really wonderful to watch all the racers competing so aggressively. I am sure we are going to see a number of surprises over the weekend," Sanjay Sharma, the head of JK Motorsports, said.
The Buddh Circuit promises to provide a fitting finale to the 21st edition of the JKNRC with the return of the high-profile FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing (ACRR), an FIM sanctioned event that features top riders from various Asian countries (Nepal, Australia, India, Sri Lanka,Japan) with considerable number of females all set to scorch the track including Ann Jennifer of India, Tayla Relph from Australia, Sushmi Solonki and Hansika Abeysinghe of Sri Lanka and Karen Ogura and Marika Fujiwara of Japan.
Two-wheeler fanatics in the Capital are in for a grand treat as the Championship will see two super bike races (JK SBK 1000cc and JK SBK 600cc), giving them a taste of really powerful bikes.
True to style, the JKNRC finale will offer fans a fantastic day out at the track, with an entertainment package that is going to keep the crowd on their feet all through the day. Apart from all the racing, international stuntmen will be seen in action, including UK’s Guinness world record holder Terry Grant and Lithuania’s Aras Gibieza; Punjabi pop sensation Jasmine Sandlas will belt out her hit tracks while a live DJ will be grooving non-stop.
JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport. Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of gruelling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre’s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.
In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia’s motorsport capitals.
Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses. The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country's motorsport talents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.
Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed “JetRacing”-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.