New look: Motor Sport India April 2019
We kick off the 2019 motorsport season with a big exclusive! Team JK Tyre is back in Indian Rallying and they’re evaluating whether to start off with R2 or R5-spec cars. What car will they drive, who will drive for the team, what categories, we have all the inside details straight from JK Tyre’s motorsport head. To go with our Rally Special, which is the first motorsport issue of 2019, we take a look back at JK’s rallying history, recounted by one of the fastest drivers of his era, the original Flying Sikh, Hari Singh. “Win or lose, we booze,” he recounts. We also share the experiences of the two veterans who drove the Polo R2 in last year’s INRC along with the ed’s first-hand account of finishing second in the INRC 1 category at the Popular Rally at the wheel of the Polo R2.
Our editors spoke to the Champions Group, the new promoters of the INRC, “We want to promote young drivers, lady drivers and send Indians to foreign championships”; the new FMSCI president outlines his plans for 2019, “Strengthen the administrative side”; we have an exclusive conversation with Gaurav Gill on his year in the WRC2. “I had the pace to stay at the front”; CS Santosh opens up for the first time on his Dakar-ending crash and his focus for 2019 “Speed is my only pursuit”; “It’s all about having confidence in your road book” says Aravind KP, the only second Indian to complete the Dakar Rally; and that’s just the section on rallying, not to forget the reports on the 2019 Monte Carlo and Sweden rallies.
Not to mention our focus on racing, karting and the other disciplines as we sit down to talk to the promoters of the other FMSCI championships in India while reporting on the races and other events held this year.
On the international front, we preview the 2019 Formula 1 and Moto GP season and speak to Dilbagh Gill, the boss of Mahindra Racing, “We are now the international face of Indian motorsport.”
We also welcome brand new columnists to the magazine. Internationally acclaimed Formula 1 commentator (and of course only the second Indian to race in F1) Karun Chandhok is now joined by Dakar hero C S Santosh, former racing and karting champion Rayomand Banajee and more.
Finally, a message from the president of the FMSCI. “Do subscribe to Motor Sport India magazine, do support Indian motorsport, and do get engaged with the content and events”.
Subscriptions are now live for the new look Motor Sport India magazine and for the next month we are running a special offer where one lucky subscriber can win this exquisite OMOLOGATO Monza watch.