India's best assemble in Chennai for X1Racing League
Photographs from the Chennai leg of the X1Racing League
Chennai played host to some of the best Indian and international motorsports professionals on Sunday with the second leg of the X1 Racing League being held at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT). Indian motorsports' best, including Arjuna Award winner Gaurav Gill, former Formula 1 driver Narayan Karthikeyan and the young racing duo of Arjun Maini and Kush Maini, were among the participants of the second leg of the league. Former Red Bull driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, and Minardi driver Alex Yoong were among the international drivers present in the Chennai leg.
Mumbai Falcons, represented by Kush Maini and Mikkel Jensen (Denmark), won two of the three races while Bangalore Racing Stars tandem of Arjun Maini and Oliver Webb (England) took the honours in the other outing as the curtains came down on the inaugural franchise-based XI Racing League at the MMRT.
The Race-1 was interrupted by a Safety Car period after one of the cars blew the engine. Bangalore started fourth on the grid behind Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, but with some smart tactics managed to pull ahead. The teams were required to make a mandatory driver change between ninth and 14th minutes window and Bangalore, powered by Arjun Maini and England’s Oliver Webb got it spot on and then held off a late charging Mumbai (Kush Maini and Mikkel Jensen) to win the race. Hyderabad (Vitantonio Liuzzi-Gosia Rdest) completed the podium.
The second race began on reverse grid of the previous race standings. As such, Delhi’s Gaurav Gill, the three times Asia Pacific Rally champion, started from pole and led until he pitted for Raghul Rangasamy to take over. Rangasamy maintained the track position to finish second behind Mumbai Falcons (Kush Maini and Jensen). Bangalore Racing Stars who had started fifth, came in third.
The inaugural edition of the X1Racing League, a franchise-based motorsports competition founded by racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel kick-started with the Delhi leg at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. The league will be representing six cities.