The 18th JK Tyre Racing Championship finals to be hosted at the world-class Buddh International Circuit
- An exciting set of races is on the cards as the Buddh International Circuit gears up to host the last and final round of the 18th JK Tyre Racing Championship 2015 on November 28-29, 2015
An exciting set of races is on the cards as the Buddh International Circuit gears up to host the last and final round of the 18th JK Tyre Racing Championship 2015 on November 28-29, 2015. The weekend promises intense action as it is the deciding round.
After three grueling rounds and 9 races in each class, young drivers from across the country will compete for one last time across three categories namely, JK Racing India Series, Formula LGB 4 and JK Tyre-Volkswagen Vento Cup.
In addition to the three categories, JK Super Bike Cup will add on to the excitement and set the temperatures soaring as 35 riders will line up the grid on their 600cc and 1000cc bikes. The grid is a mix of BMW S1000, Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R, Yamaha R1, Honda 1000RR, Ducati 899 and the likes.
In the 600 cc category all the bikes are from leading two wheeler manufacturers. In the JK Racing India Series which features the JKFB02 cars powered by BMW bike engines, Vishnu Prasad, who had a good racing season is leading the overall championship points table followed by Bangalore boy Ananth Shanmugham.
Fans of Vishnu can definitely expect an exciting race as the two-time champion is one step closer to winning the title again and registering his hattrick. However, it’s going to be a close fight for the third place between past National Karting champion Krishnaraj Mahadik and past VW Polo Cup champion Karthik Tharani as there is just a single point difference between the two.
With a free test in Formula 3 with Team Euro International as the award for the overall champion, the audiences can expect ultimate thrill and speed as the top three contenders will put in their best efforts to grab the overall championship title.
The Formula LGB 4 category has showcased some really interesting races and action on the track throughout the season. Over 25 racers have displayed their racing prowess in this category and the difference between the top ten contenders is less than a second. Seasoned driver from Chennai Ajay Kini who is a pilot by profession from Team Dark Don Racing is currently leading the championship.
He is closely followed by Raghul Rangaswamy from Team Meco Racing who has had an amazing season so far. With each passing round, Raghul was able to up his game to create his place in the overall champion contenders’ race.
Seasoned drivers Sudarshana Rao, Rohit Khanna, Sandeep Kumar, and Krishnaraj Mahadik are all set to give it their best shot. The teams who will be fielding their drivers in this category are Chennai-based Team Meco Racing (owned by international racer Armaan Ebrahim), Mumbai-based Team Rayo Racing (owned by eight times National Champion Rayomand Banajee), Chennai-based Team Dark Don Racing (owned by former racer Afsar Riyaz) and Bangalore-based Team Avalanche Racing (owned by ex-racer Fazal Khan).
In the JK Tyre-Volkswagen Vento Cup, Delhi boy Karminder Singh was leading the championship points table after Round 2 however, tables turned in Round 3 and Anindith Reddy is now leading the pack of 22 drivers. The debut year of Vento Cup has been ruled by Karminder Singh, Anindith Reddy and Ishaan Dodhiwala as they have been dominating the podium in the last three rounds with their incredible racing performance.
The overall champion will get a fully sponsored drive in the JK Racing India Series The atmosphere rose with excitement in Round 3 when the Super Bikes took control of the track. The JK Super Bike Cup was first introduced in 2014 and after receiving fantastic response, the tournament made its debut in this season in Round 3.
Delhi boy Bhupinder Singh finished first in 1000 cc category on his Yamaha R1 and Vijay Singh crossed the finish line first in 600 cc category. In the final round Bhupinder and Vijay are assured to face some stiff competition from Dilip Rogger, Kulwant Singh and Gurvinder Singh.
The audience can expect heart stopping action as these riders compete fiercely to win at the Buddh International Circuit which is touted as one of the most challenging Formula One race tracks and will host the qualifying and few set of races on Saturday followed by the final set of races on Sunday.
Round 3 of JK Tyre Racing Championship had 20,000+ people coming in to witness the races live and the grand finale promises to deliver a lot more excitement.
A host of promotional activities have been planned to keep the audiences enthralled on the final race weekend of the 2015 season. The weekend will witness international stunt driver and multiple world record holder Terry Grant promises to bring sensational world class stunt driving that will take the audiences by storm.
The synchronized stunt show in two-wheelers & four-wheelers is the show-stopper of the weekend making sure the adrenaline is in full flow. With so much of action in the offering, it’s going to be a fight to the finish for the drivers and the overall champions will be crowned in a glittering prize distribution ceremony which will held post the races on Sunday 29 November, 2015 at the Buddh International Circuit.
The JK Tyre Racing Championship was formulated in 1997 and since then there has been no looking back. From modest beginnings with single-seater 800cc engines, the Racing Championship has come a long way moving to bigger Formula cars in 2006 and is currently India’s premier racing championship for drivers aiming at Formula Car Racing.
JK Tyre has put together a full-fledged step by step program which provides a platform for budding racers to get trained and also the necessary exposure in order to race internationally. Year on year these programmes have produced world class racing drivers, who are doing India proud internationally.
The JK Tyre Motorsport program has seen prodigies doing well, both at the national and international levels. Some of these names include those of Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim, Aditya Patel and Arjun Maini, who have graduated from these karting and racing championships to become motorsport icons.
Some of these racing stars will also be present during the race days to encourage and cheer the other competitors. The championship is run under the aegis of the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Motul is the official lubricant partner to the championship.
The races will be webcasted live on www.jktyremotorsport.com
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JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long-term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport. Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of grueling Indian conditions.
The sport at that time in India was perceived for the elite but JK Tyre took it upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards.
JK Tyre’s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motorsports.
In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series.
By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia’s motorsport capitals.
Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing.
JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses.The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country’s motorsport talents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.
Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed ‘JetRacing’ – the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India.
The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.Published 27 Nov 2015, 12:43 IST