FMSCI plans to bring MotoGP and Formula E to India
The Annual FMSCI Awards were held in Chennai on Wednesday June 15, to honour the 2021 motorsport season champions in various categories. In the same event, Akbar Ebrahim, President, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) announced that the plans are afoot to bring a round of the MotoGP and Formula E World championships to India, and discussions on this front are in progress.
In his keynote address at the function, Ebrahim also announced that Chennai would be venue for a round of the FIA World Rally Star (17-26 age group) in September, and to be organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club.
“We are also working towards getting a round of MotoGP and the Formula E to India. The Formula E is likely to be held on a street circuit in Hyderabad. “As regards the FIA Rally Star, it is a gateway for youngsters targeting the World Rally Championship, he said.
Another good news that came through was the announcement that India has joined FIM's Road to MotoGP programme through the World
MiniGP championship, in the 10-14 years age group. "Dorna Sports, promoters of MotoGP, and Italian bike manufacturer Ohvale are actively involved in the programme. The first of the five rounds will be held in July this year. At the end of the Indian series, the top two riders will qualify for the World Finals in Spain,” Ebrahim added.
He also pointed out that India was among the few nations in the World to conduct as many as nine National Championships across two and four-wheelers, despite the pandemic. “Fmsci thanks all the stakeholders, organisers, officials and especially the competitors, for their participation in the past two years,” he said.
“We survived two challenging years due to the pandemic. Yet, FMSCI is among few motorsports Federations globally to conduct nine National championships during those difficult times. “Leading the federation in its 50th year is a proud and memorable achievement. We speak less but we are doing a lot of work and both the footfalls and eyeball hits for motorsports have increased tremendously,” he added.