Thursday, 1 September 2011

India gears for i1 Super Series – Sachin & Yuvraj to own a team




A consortium led by batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh will be part of the Indian version  of new car racing championship called the i1 Super Series launched by Bangalore-based Machdar Motorsports in Mumbai on Friday.

The likes of two-time Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen and multiple Grand Prix winners Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher are set to battle it out with the cream of Indian talent in the i1 Supercar Championship across Asia from December.
 
The seven-round series, which will be flagged off at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on December 18, is a brainchild of Machdar Motorsports Pvt. Ltd. The series will feature nine franchisees in its inaugural year with each city fielding two cars.
Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaren are likely to add local flavour, while Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi (both from Italy) are expected to bring in foreign firepower to the the championship, which will use UK’s famous sportscars — Radicals SR3.
 
The Schedule for the Event is as tabulated below :
Date
Venue
18 December 2011
New Delhi
08 January 2012
Abu Dhabi
15 January 2012
Doha
22 January 2012
Dubai
5 February 2012
Kuala Lumpur
12 February 2012
Pattaya
25 February 2012
Chennai/New Delhi

The cars for the competition are being sourced from London-based sports car manufacturing company - Radical Sportscars. Lex Akehurst, managing director, x-sport motorsports management, said, “The car will have 1.5 litre 1500 cc engine which can reach top speed of 60 kilometer per hour in three seconds.” The price of the car is 35,000 pounds (around Rs 25.58 lakh), which the franchise owner will have to pay. A franchise owner is expected to have three such cars – two for the race and one as reserve.

The winner of the competition at the end of the 14 races (first season of i1 Super Car Championship) will get price money of $2 million.

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