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Indian rallying thrown open to international drivers

india Updated: Mar 01, 2012 01:55 IST
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The Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has announced proposed changes to Indian rallying starting from this year that will allow drivers from other countries to compete against Indian drivers and drive cars homologated to the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) Group N and N4 regulations.

This will make it possible for four-wheel drive cars like Mitsubishi’s Evo X to be used by drivers to vie for the newly formed Indian Rally Championship (IRC).

The existing Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) will continue to run with entry to the championship restricted to Indian drivers and two-wheel drive cars with an engine capacity of 1601cc to 2000cc homologated to the FIA’s group N regulations.

In addition to these two championships, there will also be a Junior Indian National Rally Championship (JINRC), which will be restricted to drivers below the age of 27. The drivers will have to drive two-wheel drive cars with a maximum engine capacity of 1600cc.

The Indian driver with the highest rank in the overall standings will be crowned the Indian national rally champion.

The winning driver in the JINRC will be rewarded with a drive in the INRC for the 2013 season.

There will also be a new promoter and title sponsor for the 2012 season, which the FMSCI is due to announce within the next couple of weeks.

The new-look championship is scheduled to kick off this June with the dates for the six-rounds to be finalised by 24 March according to an FMSCI press release.