Mumbai, Oct 9 (IANS): The X1 racing league, a concept started by Indian racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, will hit the circuits on November 30 and December 1 in New Delhi and December 7-8 in Chennai, it was announced on Wednesday. The league also named its six team owners and it will be powered by JK Tyres Motorsport.
"We are excited to partner with extremely passionate team owners who have a long-term vision to develop and build motorsports in India. We thank JK Tyre for believing in us and coming on board as our Powered-By sponsor. Personally, for Aditya and me, this is completing a full circle with them, and we thank Sanjay Sharma for his enthusiastic support. We are excited to partner with OnePlus - they are a global leader and have made pioneering advancements in technology," said Armaan Ebrahim at a press conference held in Mumbai on Wednesday.
"With them as a Title Sponsor for X1 Racing eSports Season 1, we are aiming to set the gold standard for the ecosystem in India and make motorsport accessible to all. It is a huge opportunity for aspiring racers from India to make their mark and all eyes from the racing community will be on the league thereafter," he added.
The franchise-based X1 Racing League will have six teams comprising of four drivers and two cars in each team. Of the four drivers in each team there will be one international male, one international female, one India international and domestic racer. Each race will last for 30 minutes and will have three unique team-based race formats per day. The league will follow the eSports competition and will take place at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi NCR and the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai.
The international male racers include former F1 Italian racer Tonio Luizzi, Malaysian Alex Yoong, son of legendary Austrian F1 driver Niki Lauda - Mathias, China's Frankie Cheng and Englishmen Oliver James Webb and Freddie Hunt, son of former F1 world champion, James Hunt.
The international female drivers are English racers Pippa Mann and Alice Powell, Switzerland's Rahel Frey, Denmark's Michelle Gatting and Christina Neilsen and Polish racer Gosia Rdest.
The X1 Racing League teams will be representing six cities and the franchise owners were announced on Wednesday. These included the Chennai team to be owned by India's first F1 driver and the fastest Indian in the world Narain Karthikeyan; Delhi team by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan; Mumbai team by Ghadoke group promoter Ameet Ghadoke; Hyderabad team by industrialist Akhilesh Reddy and Ahmedabad by Pen India Studios promoter Dhaval Gada.
Adding to the innovation in the Indian realm of motorsports, OnePlus, the global technology brand, has joined hands with X1 Racing team as the title sponsors to launch the X1 Racing eSports Season 1, a digital simulator-based racing competition with a prize pool of Rs.1.5 crore.