This is exactly what the doctor ordered. What Indian motorsport appears to need is a shot in the arm for grassroots motorsport, and here it is in the form of an all-new karting championship. JK Tyre and RR Motorsports Management have teamed up, in association with Tata Motors, and launched the JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series - a five-round karting championship to be held across various cities in India between the months of April and June, 2016.
What sets the JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series apart from other karting championships in the country is that it will feature single-make 4-stroke karts. The idea behind this is that the playing field will be equal, which means your results on track are down entirely to your driving prowess and skill. The other benefit is that this sort of karting championship will also be light on the pocket, with the organisers claiming that the series is the "most affordable karting championship in the world."
Another aspect of the championship that we like, is that it is another attempt at charting out a clear path for a karter with serious racing aspirations. The winner of the JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series will get a sponsored driver in the JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship. The winner in the senior category of the series will also get the opportunity to race with some of the top teams already competing in the JK Tyre National Racing Championship.
The FMSCI approved series will start later this month, with the first round to be held in Pune between April 23 and 24. The five round series also features events in Goa, Vadodara, Ludhiana and NCR.
The series has three categories - Pro Cadet (featuring racers between the ages of 7 and 12), Pro Junior (featuring racers between the ages of 12 and 16) and Pro Senior (featuring racers above the age of 16). In addition, there will be seven support classes - Senior, Amateur, Interschool, Corporate, Masters (for people above the age of 32) Women, and a Media class.
"The JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series will give a never before opportunity to youngsters to participate and hone their skills in professionally organised racing. Importantly this will be the opportunity for talented youngsters to prove their skills without funding. Thereafter they will be sponsored ahead. It will be the ideal step before a racer moves into Rotax or Formula Cars or Sports Cars" said Rayomand Banajee, Director, RR Motorsports Management Pvt. Ltd.
Sanjay Sharma, Head- Corporate Communication & Motorsports, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd said, "I look forward to seeing some good raw talent emerge from this initiative, whom we can nurture to become India's next racing star."
Aspiring participants can enter the National Series by filling their entry forms at www.indikarting.com/jkreg
2016 JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series Calendar
Round 1 Pune April 23 & 24
Round 2 Goa April 30 & May 1
Round 3 Vadodara May 14 & 15
Round 4 Ludhiana May 28 & 29
Round 5 Delhi June 11 & 12