F1 to make debut in India

Formula One might make its debut in India soon, courtesy the king of good times.

updated: September 08, 2007 08:24 IST
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Formula One might make its debut in India soon, courtesy the king of good times.

But racing enthusiasts in India are already having a good time, thanks to events like the recently finished MRF International Challenge near Coimbatore.

The competition, which consisted of three races, also saw Sri Lankan participation.

Local favourite Arjun Balu got off strongly in the 1600 cc class category. Not for long though, as MRF's Gaurav Gill and Lohit Urs soon caught up. Close on their heels was the competition's only lady participant Nawaz Sandhu.

A mishap in the 6th lap meant the race had to be re-started. But though his fellow racers took the advantage of that re-start for a short while, Balu seemed unaffected as he cruised onto a win.

Forty cars and 32 bikes participated in the three races, including a strong Sri Lankan contingent. And the neighbours justified their entry, taking all three places in the Indo-Asian GT Class race.

Great platform

Organisers and participants believe events like these will help in building a great platform for the sport in India.

"The last two days were great, we have almost forgotten what saloon racing is. MRF has brought it back. We hope there are many more such events and meets," said a participant Vijay Kumar.

In other events, international racer Dilip Rogers took the honours in the super bike event.

So until the Alonsos and Hamiltons make their presence felt here, fans can keep themselves entertained with exciting events like this one.