What's the point of having a Formula One grade racing circuit within an hour's drive of Delhi if one can't have a little fun on it? That's the philosophy behind Rights Stuff event management's Arjun Chopra's initiative that will allow motor racing enthusiasts to drive any car of their choice on the Buddh International Circuit for a day.
For a fee of Rs 15,000 a total of 50 drivers, with a contingency for ten more, will be allowed to bring any car with an engine cylinder capacity of 1,000 cc or over and drive it to their heart's content from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on February 19. Chopra also plans to hold three more such 'trackdays' throughout the course of the year.Everyone is welcome
Since it is just a day out on the track and not a competitive event, it would not be necessary for drivers to have any racing experience or for the cars to be modified for racing. As far as Chopra is concerned, everyone is welcome.
"If someone wants to come and drive with a Toyota Innova then they're more than welcome," Chopra told HT. "I would of course encourage drivers to come with something more suited to a racetrack but if that's the car you have (Innova), then come in that."
Chopra says that 20 slots have already been filled and that the registration fee will remain at the current level till January 20 after which it will increase to Rs 19,000. The final date for entries is February 10.
There will be some limitations put on the drivers and their cars that will be scrutinized before they are let out on track. Cars would be required to have road worthy tyres (no racing slicks) with sufficient tread. The brakes plus the emergency brakes would have to be in working condition and the cars must have seatbelts and a towing eye.
Easy to participate
As far as the driver is concerned; a valid driver's license, car registration papers and car insurance is a must. As is high risk motorsports insurance coverage for upto Rs 3 lakh, which Chopra says can be purchased through Right Stuff for Rs 1,000. Other requirements include residence proof, a certified helmet and two passport sized photographs. Drivers are also liable to pay for any damage sustained to their cars or to the racetrack.
Chopra claims that the lack of affordable (relative) trackdays was the reason for his company undertaking this initiative. "What's the point if motorsports enthusiasts and regular people can't drive on that circuit?"