City-based X1 Racing League to be run in India next year
Indian drivers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel have joined hands to bring a custom-made two-seater sports car racing league to India in the first quarter of 2019.
The Xtreme1 Racing League or X1 Racing League will be held in a mix of track and street circuits. The league will include eight city-based franchise teams, each comprising of two cars and four drivers.
The league is backed and sanctioned by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).
Talks are on to rope in well-known racers including former Formula 1, Formula E, Indy500, Le Mans and NASCAR drivers.
Each team will comprise of one international male and female driver each, one Indian international and one Indian domestic driver. The Indian international will have five or more years of driving experience in international series while the domestic driver will be a young upcoming racer picked from the national championships.
“X1 Racing League is a very innovative league format and will surely be great for Indian motorsports. The league has several unique propositions and I am looking forward to it,” former F1 racer Vitantonio Liuzzi said.
Races will take place on Saturdays and Sundays on four consecutive weekends in the first quarter of 2019. Each race will be of 45 minutes and there will be three races per day with innovative formats.
Greater Noida’s Buddh International Circuit and MMRT in Chennai are the candidates for venues while street races will be held in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and Mumbai.
Besides the four weeks of the main league, it will run a year-long domestic season of over 12 races with Indian drivers and the ‘patron’s seat’, scoring points for the team throughout the year. Patron’s seat equips team owners to race for their team or appoint someone to race on their behalf.