The MRF Formula 1600 class is back
The MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship kicks off on Saturday at the MMRT behind closed doors with a map of nine races and 76 contenders.
Returning to the championship after a season hiatus due to the pandemic, the MRF Formula1600 class will headline the two-day program with a 12-car grid.
The other categories are the ever popular sedans in three categories: Premium Indian Passenger Cars, Indian Junior Passenger Cars and Super Stocks. Formula LGB 1300 is also in the mix, which boasts of a huge grid of 25 cars.
Volkswagen will host its single-make championship with a grid of 22 VW Polo cars, all equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo engine developing 235 hp and a six-speed gearbox operated by gearshift levers in addition to ‘a push-to-pass mechanism, which is a first in Indian racing.
Four runners from Bangladesh and only one woman – Diana Pundole from Pune – mother of two are lined up on the grid.
The field of the MRF F1600 prepared by JA Motorsport includes experienced pilots such as Ashwin Datta, Deepak Ravikumar and Nikanth Ram, among others.
In the sedan category, Coimbatore veteran Arjun Balu, driving a Honda City VTec prepared by Race Concepts, will be eager to defend his national title in the Indian Touring Cars category.
The IJTC is also returning to the championship after missing two seasons, while the Super Stock, among the more competitive, are expected to fight close battles like in previous years.
In the Formula LGB 1300 category, an incentive in the form of a Rookie Cup for the first ranked highest placed in each of the races is offered.