This issue of Motor Sport India is headlined by insights on the Indian motorsport season’s biggest switch: Gaurav Gill parting ways with MRF and jumping ship to JK.The multiple national rally champion also talks about ‘Chapter 2’ of his career and his WRC aspirations.The JK-backed rally star also gets a new set of wheels for the championship – an R2-spec rally iteration of Mahindra’s first compactSUV prepared by Arka Motorsports for Team Mahindra Adventure – the Super XUV300.
“Dakar is still my goal”,says India’s top privateer on two-wheels Ashish Raorane, as he talks about what got him into cross-country rallying. Also featured are the turbocharged Honda City VTECs built for the road by renowned tuning house Race Concepts.
The new TC4 regulations in the Indian Touring Car series have sparked a revolution – “A proper race car, this.” Our track test of the Volkswagen Vento ITC race car sheds light on the quality of wrench time and parts that have gone into making the best rival for Race Concept’s Honda City VTEC ITC race car yet. As for rallying, “We want to try and get the highest number of entries this year”, is what Vamsi Merla (director of Champions Yacht Club, the new series promoter) said and then went on to get a record 55 entries for the first round of the INRC in Chennai.
On the two-wheel front – Honda’s Moto3-spec NSF250R makes its debut at the second round of the Indian Motorcycle Racing Championship. Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing’s Rajiv Sethu is back from his ARRC campaign for a domestic duel with TVS Racing’s Jagan Kumar, the reigning champ at the national motorcycle racing championship.
All this and a whole lot more!
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The team at Motor Sport India magazine comprises of journalists who actively compete in motorsport events. We are intimately aware of the highs and lows of motorsport, and this is a subject that we are immensely passionate about and love to a fault. It is that passion for motorsport that we want to bring alive through the pages of the magazine, and also get not only the entire Indian automotive industry but also the world at large to know about the all the events that are happening in India. We hope our efforts will go some way towards bringing in more participants, sponsors and enthusiasts to the sport that we love dearly.