Two FIA-backed events to arrive in India

Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and cricket legend Kapil Dev have come on board as mentors and advisors.

The Formula Regional Indian Championship and Formula 4 Indian Championship, backed by FIA are set to make their debut in the country.

Held by Racing Promotions (RPPL), the championships will inaugurate in February 2022, across four cities — New Delhi, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Hyderabad.

The F4 Indian Championships and Formula Regional Indian Championships, which will be founded on F3 cars, are both certified by the FIA.

For the first time in India, FIA Super License points will be awarded to the winners of these championships.

Furthermore, the Indian Racing League will run as a provision race to Formula Regional and F4 India.

According to the press release shared by the organizers, “An investment of ₹100 crores has already been made so far into cars and setting up street circuit infrastructure for India’s first-ever FIA Graded Street Circuit in Hyderabad.”

In addition to Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, former Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and cricket legend Kapil Dev have come on board as mentors and advisors.

RPPL is dedicated to investing in the long-term growth of motorsports in India and constructing talent from the grassroots, presaging a potential new racing culture in the country.

Joint MD, RPPL, Armaan Ebrahim reflected, “It is great to finally have world-class equipment and race cars on our home soil. We welcome Akhilesh and Navjeet to our company, and look forward to building a series of championships that enable Indian drivers to compete at the highest level globally and will make Indians a force to reckon with in the motorsport world.”

While speaking about the Racing Promotions, Mr Akhilesh Reddy, Chairman, Racing Promotions stated, “Monaco being a sovereign city-state has produced F1 drivers, and we as a country of a billion-plus now have the platform to give aspiring racing drivers the opportunity to compete with the best in the world and potentially a stepping stone to the apex of motorsports which is F1.

Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, RPPL, Mr Navjeet Gadoke, added, “Our investment will revolutionize Indian motorsports, and the objective is to build a world-class, holistic ecosystem for motorsports which will become a force to reckon with, not just for this sport, but Indian sports in general.

While commenting on the launch FMSCI, President said, “The introduction of the Formula Regional India certified by the FIA to be followed by the F4 India certified by the FIA is certainly a landmark moment for Indian Motorsport, the FMSCI and the promoters, Racing Promotions Pvt Ltd. (RPPL). The FIA Single Seater Commission and the FIA World Motorsport Council approved the two championships last month. Not only will both these championships provide a truly International platform for Indian drivers who can now race at the International level competing against International drivers in their own country, but it also comes with a huge bonus package which is the FIA Driver points. The FMSCI would like to congratulate Mr Akhilesh Reddy, Chairman RPPL, Mr Navjeet Gadhoke, Vice Chairman, RPPL and the entire Racing Promotions team for putting together such a phenomenal package which will take Indian Motorsport to much higher echelons.”

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