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India’s growing participation in motorsports

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Modified 23 Dec 2013, 23:46 IST
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Motorsport has been in existence, ever since automobiles were invented. During its more than 100 year old history, motorsport has been classified into various forms like Formula 1, Moto Gp, Touring Car Championship, Endurance Championship, Rally Championship and many others.

India’s history in this sport internationally does not date long back, but recently its participation has increased manifold. Today many of its drivers are competing in international championships, its companies are operating their own independent teams, and also it has the state of the art Buddh International Circuit at Greater Noida, which has been hosting the Indian Grand Prix for the last three years.

The various achievements of India in this sport are enumerated below:

The Indian Grand Prix

Buddh International F1 Circuit Media Preview

GREATER NOIDA, INDIA – OCTOBER 18: General view of the main grandstand during the media preview of the Buddh International Circuit on October 18, 2011 in Greater Noida, India. India

There had been rumors of an Indian Grand Prix as far back as 1997, when Calcutta had bid to host the race, but the bid failed. Subsequently cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad also proposed to hold a grand prix, but the plan never clearly materialized.

Finally in 2007, it was announced that the race would take place at Greater Noida. The Circuit, called The Buddh International Circuit was to host the race in 2009, but later it was delayed by two years. The Inaugural event in 2011 became a huge success, attracting a crowd of over 95,000, but in the subsequent years, crowd attendance went down as only around 60,000 people attended the event.

Until now, all the three races have been won by Sebastian Vettel, with the 2013 edition of the grand prix witnessing the crowning of him as the youngest ever four times world champion. The Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from the calendar for 2014, but will be returning in 2015.

Although recently crowd turnout has been lesser than expected, but if the sport is promoted more widely, then there is indeed a very good chance for this event to continue in the future. The track in particular has been praised by everyone and with the arrival of Formula 1; it has also opened gates for other such motorsports.

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