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Juniors’ chance to get taste of the big league

The second edition of the Formula Junior Racing Series gets under way at the iconic Kari Motor Speedway this weekend, with the winner earning a drive in the LGB F4 class of the National Racing Championship this season.

As many as 12 young hopefuls will be seen in action in the ten-race, two-round championship, including one racer each from Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

Conceived and promoted by FMSCI President Akbar Ebrahim’s Meco MotorSports, to be the bridge between karting and formula racing, the FJRS will feature Formula LGB 1300 cars with inexpensive mechanical components from stock automobiles, with instructors and well-qualified mechanics on standby to help the drivers.

“The FJRS provides an affordable platform to young racers in the country to showcase their skills and break into the big league,” Akbar said on the eve of the series. “The first edition was a super hit and helped us identify good talent at the entry level,” he added.

“The most encouraging news is that the winner will be able to race with the best racers in the country free of charge,” Akbar said.

The runner-up will get two free drives in the F4 championship while the second runner-up will get one free drive.

The FJRS, which was launched last year to promote the sport at the grassroots level, is open only to drivers who have not had a podium finish in any FMSCI-recognised single-seater series event.

Apart from the F-LGB 1300, the competition will also feature four categories of motorcycle races: Novice (up to 165 cc), Open (up to 300 cc and up to 400 cc) and Ladies (up to 165 cc).


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