X1Racing League comes to Chennai
Top Indian, foreign talent for Round 2
The Cream talent race in India, along with their international counterparts, including three former Formula One drivers, will meet again in the MMRT, here on Sunday for the second round of the League X1Racing pioneer, based on the franchise; it is carried out by the motorsports club of Madras.
The three races scheduled for Sunday, promising high-quality racing with the three ex-F1 drivers Indian Narain Karthikeyan, Malaysian Alex Yoong, and Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi, competing against drivers hand-picked, both foreign and Indian, with rich international experience, as well as internal talent.
Also in the fray is Gaurav Gill, three times FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship winner, participant WRC2, and national rally champion who was also involved in a racing car in India.
The brain-child of two of India’s finest racers, Aditya Patel and Armaan Ebrahim, and promoted by Racing Promotions Private Limited, the X1Racing League, comprises six city-based teams – Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Delhi. The first round was held at the Buddh International Circuit, Delhi, and last weekend.
The uniqueness of the X1Racing League is its structure that calls for mixed teams of male and female drivers. It also brings together under one umbrella a clutch of Indian runners like Maini brothers, Arjun and Kush, Akhil Rabindra, and Krishnaraaj Mahadik, who has been active in various international series with some success.
Also on the grid are drivers with a proven track record in Indian championships, such as young guns Yash Aradhya, Sohil Shah, Arjun Datta, Nayan Chatterjee, Anindith Reddy, besides experienced Ameya Walavalkar, Vishnu Prasad, Raghul Rangasamy, Chittesh Mandody, Karthik Tharani, Arjun Narendran, and Arjun Balu.
The foreign talent includes England’s Oliver Webb, Mikkel Jensen from Denmark, and Australian Mitch Gilbert, all with exposure to Touring car championships and Formula racing.
Headlining the female talent is England’s 36-year old Pippa Mann, who has been racing internationally for over a decade, including the iconic Indy series in the United States. She will be up against compatriot Alice Powell who finished third overall in the inaugural W Series for women earlier this year, Poland’s Gosia Rdest, Denmark’s Michelle Gatting, and Rahel Frey from Switzerland.
The Delhi round of the X1Racing League saw Bengaluru Racing Stars, comprising Arjun Maini, Webb, Gatting, Chatterjee, and Vishnu Prasad, winning two of the four races, while Mumbai Falcons (Kush Maini, Jensen, Mann, Shah, and Tharani) topping the other two.
Hyderabad Black Birds: Vitantonio Luizzi (Italy), Gosia Rdest (Poland), Akhil Rabindra (IND), Arjun Narendran (IND) and Anindith Reddy (IND).
Bengaluru Racing Stars: Oliver Webb (England), Michelle Gatting (England), Arjun Maini (IND), Nayan Chatterjee (IND), and Vishnu Prasad (IND).
Mumbai Falcons: Mikkel Jensen (Denmark), Pippa Mann (England), Kush Maini (IND), Sohil Shah (IND), Karthik Tharani (IND).
DG Racing Ahmedabad: Alex Yoong (Malaysia), Rahel Frey (Switzerland), Krishna Mahadik (IND), Chittesh Mandody (IND) and Ameya Walavalkar (IND).
AD Racing, Delhi: Gaurav Gill (IND), Raghul Rangaswamy (IND), Ashwin Datta (IND), Mira Erda (IND) and Sandeep Kumar (IND).
Superspeed Racing, Chennai: Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Mitch Gilbert (Australia), Alice Powell (England), Arjun Balu (IND), Yash Aradhya (IND) and Parthiva Sureshwaren (IND).
About X1Racing League
X1Racing League, promoted by Racing Promotions Private Limited, is a hybrid motorsport media business creating, developing, and commercializing IPs via live events, experiences, and ecosystems.
X1Racing League intends to reimagine, reinvent and redefine motorsport. X1Racing League is built on three pillars, namely X1Racing League, X1Racing E-Sports, and X1Racing Speed Summits.
The X1Racing League powered by JK Tyre takes place in November-December in Delhi and Chennai, represented by six franchise teams of 24 race drivers, including international and domestic men and women.
The X1Racing E-Sports Season 1 is being held in collaboration with global technology leader OnePlus across each of these six cities before the professional league to involve fans in a participative simulator-racing format.
Winners will win rewards as well as have an opportunity to be trained by professional race drivers. Moreover, in its attempt to make motorsports a part of a more abundant lifestyle, speed X1Racing Summit will bring exclusive weekend as VIP corporate experiences.
This entire pillar brings an active calendar of motorsport activities around the Indian fans of touch and talent together to make motorsport more than a sport, but a lifestyle.