MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship 2022 – Round 1
About 80 entries for 4W National Racing first round
MRF F2000 back in Championship after two seasons
Chennai, October 7: MRF Formula 2000, among the quickest racing cars in the country, will return to the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship after a two-season break as the first round of the 2022 season gets underway at the Madras International Circuit, here on Saturday, October 8.
The two-litre single-seater, developed by JA Motorsports in Coimbatore, will headline the compact, 10-race programme which also includes the MRF Saloons (Toyota Etios), Formula LGB 1300 and the three-tier saloon cars – Indian Touring Cars, Indian Junior Touring Cars and the Super Stock – categories.
The MRF F2000 will have a grid of nine youngsters for whom it will be the first race outing in this category. Spearheading the pack is Agra’s Shahan Ali Mohsin, winner of the MRF F1600 championship in 2021. All the nine drivers have graduated from karting and junior formula championships. As such, the competition is expected to be razor-sharp
Another notable development is the debut of Volkswagen Virtus GT car with two of them entered in the premier Indian Touring Cars category. They will be driven by Chennai’s Sandeep Kumar, last year’s VW Polo Cup winner, and Jeet Jhabakh from Hyderabad, the 2019 VW Ameo Cup champion.
The Virtus is powered by a 1.5 litre TSi engine tweaked to put out 215hp and mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The Virtus will go up against the modified Honda City Vtec from Race Concepts stable and driven by defending champion Arjun Balu from Coimbatore.
The grid for the season-opener will comprise some 50 saloon cars and 30 single-seaters with a healthy mix of young and experienced competitors besides a few female drivers. The grandstand for spectators is open for the weekend.
Race Director and MMSC Vice-President Vicky Chandhok said: “The 2022 season has had a slightly delayed start due to various reasons, but the number of entries has been encouraging. We are happy to have the MRF F2000 back in our midst after a two-season gap, besides to welcome the VW Virtus and also all the competitors. Even as we at the MMSC celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary, we thank our sponsors MRF Tyres for continuing to be part of our journey.”
About Madras Motor Sports Club
Since its humble beginnings in 1953, the Madras Motor Sports Club has grown in stature as the hub of motorsport activity in India. Having moved its racing activities from Sholavaram to its present location, the Madras International Circuit (earlier MMRT), in Sriperumbudur in 1979, MMSC has kept pace with changing times by upgrading facilities. At a cost of about Rs 20 Crore, the MMSC built a pit complex comprising 20 garages, VIP hospitality suites and a viewing gallery, on the eastern side, apart from a second Paddock on the western side with its own short circuit. Parallelly, MMSC imported timing equipment specifically for Drag racing. The Control Room too was upgraded with state-of-the-art hardware while the track itself was improved to meet the exacting FIA standards for Grade-2 certification. MMSC also constructed a 500-capacity grand stand with provision for garages / storage below. In another upgrade, the MMSC installed Digi flags from TAG Heuer Chronolec that will be positioned strategically around the track. The facilities are also extensively used by various vehicle manufacturers for testing their products, displays and corporate days.