The Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC) has confirmed that it has won the bid to host the FMSCI National Racing Championship for 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers yet again. This time the MMSC has won the bid to run the national championship for three years, starting 2016 and ending in 2018. Perhaps a major coup for the club, however, is the fact that the Volkswagen Vento Cup will join the championship, making a departure from the JK Tyre Racing Championship. Volkswagen's Polo Cup ran with JK Tyre from its inception in 2010, continuing with the Vento Cup in 2015.
The MRF FF1600s will be the premier class of the 2016 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship
The MMSC has also confirmed that it will host the National 4-wheeler and 2-wheeler Drag Racing Championships. It will also host the National 2 -wheeler Dirt Track championship.
A typical weekend at the National Racing Championship will now feature MRF FF1600 cars, along with the Indian Touring Car Racing championship, Indian Junior Touring Car Racing championship, National Super Stock Racing championship, and a National Rookies Racing championship (essentially a rebranded LGB F1300 championship). This, in addition to the Vento Cup.
The Volkswagen Vento Cup will make a comeback to the NRC in 2016
Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC commented, We are thrilled to win bids to host the major racing championships in the country. This is a first of its kind where one club is hosting 10 National Championships in the country and am sure our team will work tirelessly to ensure that this is done at the highest levels. This is a testament to the work that the team has been doing in running these championships and commitment to developing the sport in India. We would like to thank our sponsors, competitors and officials for making this possible. We would also like to welcome the Volkswagen Vento Cup back to the NRC."
Speaking of the new tie up with the MMSC FMSCI NRC, Sirish Vissa, head of motorsport for Volkswagen India declared "It's been six fantastic years for us with the JK Tyre. And without them we wouldn't be where we are today. However, we felt that the time had come for us to try and find more synergies. And as a partner, MRF works in areas that we are interested in. And their experience with Skoda in the APRC programme is just one such example."
While Vissa refused to go into further detail about the synergies he spoke of, he merely said that the "realignment of partners was the right move at this point of time." He also added that even though the official commitment has been made when it comes to joining the MMSC FMSCI NRC, the finer details are yet to be ironed out. More details on exactly how the partnership will proceed can be expected in the second half of January 2016.