India recently hosted the Third season of the thrilling and exhilarating T1 Tata Prima Truck Racing Championship this year. We, at TrendingPost, has packed all the excitement and features of the event. The game is on, read more to find out.
How it all started?
The Prima Racing was flagged off in the year 2014 at India’s one and only race track, The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, kick starting the first tier of the championship. The championship pulls enthusiasts from around the world and gives a platform for Indian drivers to showcase their racing prowess.
The second tier of the championship held in the year 2015 on 15th March with faster trucks on fray beating top speeds at 130 kmph. And just like the inaugural edition, the championship comprised of 6 teams with 2 trucks each, piloted by a pool of 12 acclaimed international drivers.
This year, we could see an enhanced version and the best season of all, carrying on the success story and marking a glory in the sports event. Brought to India by Tata Motors, they also initiates driver training program and held qualifiers (TRP Program) choosing the best of quality from a pool of over 200 experienced Prima riders, hailing from India and abroad as well.
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About the Championship:
The racing championship is held under the aegis of FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (Federation of MotorSport Clubs of India) in association with other popular motorsport entities like MMSI (Madras MotorSports Club) and BTRA (British Truck Racing Association).
The championship has undergone several significant upgrades in technology to make for even more exciting and stimulating races. Partner involved are Cummins, Castrol, Tata Technologies, WABCO, Lipe Clutch, Setco and JK Tyres; has toiled hard to bring forth mammoth success and the recent edition is a testament of their hardwork.
Tata has undergone every possible drift to uplift the aspirational value of the trucking business, promoting the occupation of truck driving and above all, showcasing the technology.
T1 has been a mammoth inspiration being the first and only truck racing championship, and its success story has seen many enthusiasts ready to sponsor and promote the events.
The Tata T1 Bulls – Tech & specs:
The T1 Bulls has punches out a massive power of 370 bhp at 2100 rpm and sheds out a top speed of 130 kmph. The race-spec Tata Prima 4038.S Model truck gets a reduced the center of gravity by 100 mm for improved stability; a lighter suspension is now in place and improved shock absorbers helping to high speed corner turns.
Furthermore, the brake cooling system has improved with spray jets nozzles, while new 315/70 R 22.5 tyres have been introduced. Excessive use of lighter parts like aluminium, light weight suspension system & use of water tanks have brought down the weight of the truck by 800 kgs. Safety Features include FUPD, SUPD and RUPD with Full Air Dual Circuit – S Cam with water cooling system for the brakes.
The trucks are modified as per guidelines of British truck racing championship Association to provide maximum safety and performance while not compromising on agility.
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All about the Teams:
Following are the list of all 6 teams competing in T1 with 2 truck racers each;
Castrol Vectron – Truck 1 Matt Summerfield, a hearthrob in British championship Laga.
Truck 2 Adam Bint, based in Whitney won the Bset Improved driver in 2015.
Cummins – Truck 1 Richard Collett from UK with over 18 years of racing experience.
Truck 2 Graham Powell, he finished Pole 6 in season 1 and pole 5 in season 2.
Dealer daredevils – Truck 1 Ray Coleman, he operates UKs biggest fleet of heavy recovery vehicles.
Truck 2 Simon Cole, also a BMX superstar now take his hands on T1.
Dealer Warriors – Truck 1 Ben Horne, has been racing in BTRA since 2007.
Truck 2 Paul McCuminsky, drives a 44 Ton tanker and also a major in BTRA.
Tata Technologies Motorsports – Truck 1 David Jenkins, the 2011 division 1 champion in BTRA.
Truck 2 Brian Burt, runs vehicle tuning and eyeing to clinch T1.
Tata Motors Finance – Truck 1 Oly Janes, racing since 2010 and works at Briarwood products.
Truck 2 Tony Smith, named ‘rookie’ is ready to haunt his preys in T1 2016. Photo courtesy: Indian car and bike
The final verdict at the Buddh circuit:
Level 1 of training – 132 participants competed at this level which consisted two days of training.
The training included theory, fitness, audio-visual training on race craft and instructor led track training.
64 participants were eventually shortlisted for Level 2.
Level 2 of training – 64 participants went ahead with the training which included theory, fitness, audio-visual training on race craft and instructor led track training.
23 participants shortlisted and qualified for Level 3.
Level 3 of training – The 23 participants had to undergo next four days of training and then 17 were shortlisted for Level 4 Semifinals.
Level 4 of training – 17 Semifinalists and eight days of intensive training, mentorship by International Truck Racers Training. Also training imparted on High Speed Overtaking maneuver and extensive laps for racers to build the race endurance.
12 finalists were shortlisted from the intensive training sessions to compete in T1 final championships on 20th March at the Buddh International Circuit.
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The Finish Line:
The finals are divided into two racing categories comprising of four races. The ‘Super Class’ category of two races hosted for Indian race truck drivers, whereas the ‘Pro Class’ saw the international truck drivers compete separately for the 20 lap final race.
The main race named Proclass saw serious action from all 6 teams. Mat Summerfield of Team Castrol Vecton takes pole position in Qualifying. Graham Powell and Richard Collett of Team Cummins take 2nd and 3rd position respectively.
The Indian truck race drivers competing in Superclass. Jagat Singh defeated Malkeet Singh followed by Rajkumar Mahato to clinch victory in Superclass race 1 category. While Nagarjuna A won Superclass race 2.
Lifetime experiences of super fans:
Winner of the inaugural T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit was Stuart Oliver.
He was crowned the first ever champion after winning both races on the single race day of the weekend long event. Later, Stuart stated “It was an amazing experience. The track is beautiful and trucks were performing great. I am thrilled to have won the first ever truck racing championship in India, among the enthusiastic crowd who were cheering each time we drove past the grand stand. I see a lot of potential of this sport here and would love to come back and race again.”
A super fan of T1, Tobby from Germany shares his experiences “It has been an experience of a lifetime. Me and my wife came for a tour to Delhi and while being there, we went to the Buddh circuit to experience the championship. And it was just flawless and awesome…had a real good time and was fun to cheer with my Indian friends.”
Imran Sheikh, an automobile engineer from Noida and a avid follower of Truck racing, did took out some time to share his experience with us, “Felt the action with thumping heart beat. The huge uproar of the machines and super pack stadium, made my day.”
Renowned Indian Formula One racer, Narain Karthikeyan tied up with Tata Motors as instructor.
This year a whooping 50,000 enthusiasts and supporters across the world thronged the stadium. The success of T1 is a proud moment for the sporting history of the country. The excitement is to be continued next year and we cant wait to witness the excitement. Till then, as T1 puts it, ‘Lets go trucking‘.