18th JK Tyre Racing Championship 2015 to kick start this weekend

~Round 1 of the Championship scheduled at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore on Aug 8-9~
~Action packed races in the JK Racing India Series, Volkswagen Vento Cup & Formula LGB 4 class~


New Delhi, Aug 6, 2015: Coimbatore, the city with a motorsport history is all set to host Round 1 of the JK Tyre Racing Championship 2015 at the famous Kari Motor Speedway on August 8-9. The Championship is currently in its 18th successive year and is country’s only series that has been backed by a single promoter ever since its inception.

Spread over four rounds and 32 races, the first two rounds of the championship will be held in Coimbatore and the last two rounds will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. Over 60 rookie and seasoned drivers from across the country will line up to battle it out for the coveted title and will compete in three different classes namely-JK Racing India Series, JK Tyre-Volkswagen Vento Cup & Formula LGB 4.

JK Tyre has year on year revamped and re-packaged the championship to raise the bar to match international championship. The overall team of officials comprise of the best of the technical staff from India and abroad. Alessandro Ferrari who has overseen operations of over 1000 races internationally is the Race Director of the 18th JK Tyre Racing Championship, where as 7 times National Champion Hari Singh ensures the safety of the participants

After travelling through circuits in Asia & Europe, the famous JK Racing Asia Series was reprogrammed and tailor made for the Indian race drivers and was rechristened as the JK Racing India Series in the year 2013. In its third successful year, JK Racing India Series that features the extremely powerful FB02 cars with a Mygale chassis powered by a 1.2 litre BMW bike engine, is the premier class in the championship. JK Tyre along with world renowned racing team from Italy, Team Euro International introduced it in the championship in 2013. With 12 races in the season, the grid comprises of National champions of the JK Tyre National Karting Championship, Champion of Volkswagen Polo Cup and Formula LGB 4. This year, JK Tyre has reserved seats for two experienced young international drivers who will be competing against the Indian lads thus taking the competition to the next level. The FB02 cars are highly sophisticated and have been the breeding ground of many Formula 1 drivers. As the 12 drivers race it out, the overall champion will get one in a lifetime opportunity to test in Formula 3 with Team Euro International.

Formula LGB 4, the Indian make formula car is the first step to single-seater racing for any aspiring race driver. The grid comprises of 22 race drivers from across four professional racing teams-Meco Racing (owned by, international racer Armaan Ebrahim), Rayo Racing (owned by 8 times National champion Rayomand Banajee), Dark Don Racing (owned by ex-racer Afsar Riyaz) & Avalanche Racing (owned by ex-racer Fazal Khan). The FLGB 4 category promises some electrifying action when champions like Vishnu Prasad, Chittesh Mandody, Kartik Shankar, Ajay Kini, Ameya Bafna, Arya Gandhi, and Krishnaraj Mahadik will fight tooth and nail to seal their winning place in the fight to the championship title. There will be a total of 12 races of FLGB 4 in the championship. The overall champion of the FLGB4 will get a fully sponsored drive in the JK Racing India Series 2016.

The 2015 season will also witness Volkswagen making a shift from Polo Cup to Vento Cup. The JK Tyre-Volkswagen Vento Cup will make its debut with the 2015 season at the Kari Motor Speedway. The gird of 22 drivers was finalised through an intensive selection programme from over thousands of entries received from across the country. Based on the same lines as that of Polo R Cup, Vento Cup will serve as a one-make series with equally prepared cars being given to selected racing drivers for the eight races. Volkswagen has been associated with JK Tyre Racing Championship for six years now and year on year together they have upgraded the technology, the overall presentation and packaging, and competition levels in the championship. The overall champion of the VW Vento Cup will get a fully sponsored drive in the JK Racing India Series 2016.

Another aspect which is very striking is the increase in number of girl participants over the years. Sneha Sharma from Mumbai who is a pilot by profession and Mira Erda a well-known karter from Vadodara will be taking part in the Formula LGB 4 category. Ria Dabas and Neha Dabas from Delhi who are rookies will take part in the Volkswagen Vento Cup. These young girls will surely to be a threat to the throne.

This year the championship has participants from cities such as Rewa (M.P), Sikkim, Assam, Mahabalipuram, Aurangabad, Kerala. With the world class racing track in North India, there has been an increase in the number of participants coming from North India, and the world class karting tracks in Hyderabad too has contributed significantly in increasing participation from that city.

Having participants from across the country truly showcases the national stature of the championship and gaining popularity of motor racing across the nation. With the objective of improving the overall development of race drivers, JK Tyre took up the initiative to organize a fitness training program for this seasons race drivers, investing huge resources on fitness. In collaboration with Ramaji Srinivasan, world class fitness trainer who has trained the Indian cricket team, the drivers underwent a three day training program in Chennai which was designed keeping in mind the overall requirements of a professional racer.

India’s most popular youth channel MTV is now associated with the Championship which will help reach out to the youth. The series will be webcasted live on the JK Tyre Motorsport (www.jktyremotorsport.com) website on Saturday & Sunday.

The championship is run under the aegis of Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Motul is the official lubricant partner to the championship.

The 2015 season of JK Tyre Racing Championship is all set for a crackling start and an action packed weekend is on the cards.

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About JK Tyre Motorsport:

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.

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JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.

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