The MRF Challenge 2013 season will kick-start this weekend with the first round being held at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida.

The FIA-sanctioned event will serve as the sole support race for the Indian Grand Prix Formula One race.

The four-round calendar will include 14 races, and will see the leading single-seater racing category in India go international with two rounds to be held in Bahrain in November and December.

The final round will be held in Chennai in February. MRF has announced a total prize money of Rs. 6,500,000.

In its second year, the MRF Challenge will feature 18 MRF Formula 2000 race cars. The Formula 3 style car has been built by JA Motorsport in technical collaboration with Dallara, and is considered to be the fastest in Asia.

“After the resounding success in our inaugural season we are keen to build on it and further improve.

“We are proud of the fact that this is the first time an Indian motorsport series will be held internationally,” said Arun Mammen, the Managing Director of MRF Tyres. — Principal Correspondent

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