India Speedfest 2022 concludes at the Buddh International Circuit
The India Speedfest 2022, an autocross, motorcycle track day and drag racing event, was held 13 March, 2022, organised by Team Northern Motorsports. The event saw the participation of a huge number of petrolheads from across India in the first quarter-mile drag racing event held at the Buddh International Circuit. Siddharth Chaturvedi won the overall prize in his Ferrari 488GTB, closely followed by evo India’s own Sirish Chandran, who set the overall second fastest time as well as the fastest EV time. In the solo race, Achintya Mehrotra won, closely followed by Karan Malik. The event was supported by AutoMarc Delhi, Lamborghini Delhi, Vredestein Tyres India, Aston Martin New Delhi and Aurum Kawasaki.
The event saw 69 entries in the solo race (a time attack format), 40 entries in the drag race, and 30 riders in the superbike track day. There were not just competing cars and bikes, but also more than 200 car owners and more than 100 superbike owners in attendance to witness the racing.
The inclusion and competitiveness of EVs in the competition was widely remarked upon, as this is the first time that EVs have been entered in competitive motorsport in India. The overall winner, Siddharth Chaturvedi said, “With the addition of EVs and all-wheel drive cars, the competition is always tough.”
Himanshu Kukreja, the Director of Automarc, said, “The event was an awesome experience for us and the people who joined us for it. Thanks to all who managed to set this kind of stage for the event, and to all the coordinators and support staff. We hope to come back with another edition of India SpeedFest, in a bigger, better-planned way.”
Drag racing has so far been a popular but niche sport in the country, with only a few marquee events being held occasionally. However, with a sure-footed beginning, it will be interesting to see what plans Northern Motorsports have for future events of the India Speedfest.