Greater Noida, Nov 29 (IANS) The JK Tyre Festival of Speed (JKFOS) will get underway at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend with India’s top racers and many international stars lining up for top honours.
The JKFOS will unveil its marquee event, the X1 Racing League, boasting of six franchise-based teams involving high profile owners and international and Indian drivers.
Along with India’s first Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan, the League will also see the likes of former Force India driver Tonio Liuzzi, Malaysian Alex Yoong and legendary F1 driver Niki Lauda’s son, Mathias, in an exciting new format on Sunday.
Each team boasts of an international male, international female, Indian international and two Indian domestic drivers who will not only have to show great skill and speed, but also perfect teamwork and co-ordination to clinch the first of the two rounds.
The many battles in the two important categories of the 22nd JKNRC, the LGB Formula 4 and the JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup, will also provide their own thrills. Chennai’s MSport teammates and rivals, Vishnu Prasad and Raghul Rangasamy, are set for one last showdown this season in the grand finale.
Vishnu is in the lead with 68 points but Raghul is just 5 points behind and both will aim to go all out in their quest for supremacy. The two might well square up in the X1 League too, with the former pairing up with Nayan Chatterjee (Team Bengaluru) and the latter with Ashwin Datta (Team Delhi) as domestic drivers.
Among the Indian talent, ace driver Gaurav Gill (Delhi) and young prodigies, Arjun Maini (Bengaluru) and Kush Maini (Mumbai), are expected to put up an enthralling contest in the league.
In the JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Tanay Gaikwad of Pune is sitting pretty at the top with 54 points. One of the standout performers of the season, he will start as a strong favourite for the title.
Syed Muzammil Ali of Bengaluru is, however, just 6 points behind and will surely fancy his chances over the weekend.
The JKFOS also has an international flavour for bike lovers, with Round 3 of the Asia Cup of Road Racing spicing up the extravaganza. Top bikers from Asian countries like Japan, India, Nepal and Philippines will look to consolidate their position on the points table in the FIM sanctioned event.