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Here’s what to expect at the most-anticipated motorsport event of the year, the inaugural round of the X1 Racing League to be held at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida from November 30 to December 1, 2019
The X1 Racing League, the brainchild of racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel is one of the most anticipated motorsport events in the country. The inaugural round is scheduled for this weekend along with the Grand Finale of JK Tyre’s National Racing Championship 2019 at the Buddh International Circuit.
The JK Tyre National Racing Championship consists of two categories, the Formula LGB4 and the Suzuki Gixxer Cup. The Formula LGB4 leaderboard sees national champs, Vishnu Prasad and Raghul Rangasamy battling it out for supremacy, while Syed Ali and Tanay Gaikwad go wheel-to-wheel in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup finale. Additionally, the Asia Cup of Road Racing will also join the Suzuki Gixxer Cup grid.
India’s top bike racers, namely 2019 JK Tyre 1000cc champ Gurvinder Singh Matharu and Professional superbike race, Simranjeet Singh will be a part of JK Tyre’s Superbike Cup grid which takes place once a year at the BIC.
The inaugural races of the X1 Racing League will be held on November 30, 2019 where six teams would go head-to-head in BMW-Powered Formula cars built and maintained by Euro International. The league will have 30 international and domestic racers being part of six teams. Mathias Lauda, son of the late F1 driver Niki Lauda, was picked by the Delhi’s AD Racing, with former F1 and current Super GT driver Narain Karthikeyan, Le Mans and F3 contender Arjun Maini, and multiple-time INRC and APRC rally driver Gaurav Gill racing for the Chennai, Bengaluru and Delhi teams. Gaurav Gill returns to track racing after a hiatus while Narain Karthikeyan is back to BIC after his win at the Super GT x DTM Dream Race in Fuji.
Each team will have four drivers and two cars in each team. Of the four drivers in each team there will be one international male, one international female, one Indian driver with wins at international level and one of two domestic racers. The races will be held as per the rules of a one-make championship and will last for 30 minutes, with driver changes after a stipulated time span
“All teams are equally balanced and look strong. Since the cars are of the same make, it will be up to the drivers to show their skills and win the race for their team. We can’t wait for the racing to begin,” said Armaan Ebrahim, co-founder, X1 Racing League.
“Some of our domestic Indian drivers will get a chance to rub shoulders with the best of the best. This is a chance for the domestic racers who were picked in the draft to make it to the next level and prove themselves against established International drivers,” said Aditya Patel, co-founder , X1 Racing League.