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We wish to take Indian racing to next level: Mammen

One for the album: The four-wheeler and two-wheeler winners — individual, team and manufacturers — of the MRF-MMSC FMSCI INRC racing championships .

One for the album: The four-wheeler and two-wheeler winners — individual, team and manufacturers — of the MRF-MMSC FMSCI INRC racing championships .  

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Podium finishers of INRC presented with trophies at a gala function

At a glittering ceremony, the podium finishers of the just-concluded Indian National Racing Championships for four-wheelers and two-wheelers — individual, team and manufacturers were presented with trophies at the MMSC 2019 Circuit Racing Annual Awards on Friday.

Chief guest Arun Mammen, MRF Ltd’s vice-chairman and managing director, gave away the prizes.

Speaking on the occasion here on Friday night, MMSC president Ajit Thomas said: “In addition to continuing the highly successful mainstream events, we plan to introduce interesting alternate events like Night Racing after successfully conducting the first-ever night test session for saloon cars at the MMRT in August.

Upgrade planned

“We also have plans to further upgrade our infrastructure at the track with a permanent Grand Stand and a karting track, after having invested in building two new paddocks, a permanent Drag Racing strip, the only one of its kind in India, state-of-the-art timing equipment, pit display system, etc.”

Raghul Rangasamy, winner of the MRF F1600 championship and Dhruv Shivaji Mohite of Rayo Racing, champion in the Indian Touring Cars, will be participating in one-off races in the UK and South Africa, respectively. Reiterating MRF’s commitment to motorsports, Mammen said: “As you are all aware, MRF is India’s No.1 tyre company for more than 32 years and has been one of the pioneers in the field of motorsports.

“MRF has not just grown as a company but has nurtured motorsports in India, whether it is racing, rallying, supercross or karting.

“We do not intend to stop with that, we push ourselves to raise our products performance and see that we take Indian racing to the next level.”

Reflecting on the 2019 season, MMSC vice-president and former FMSCI chief Vicky Chandhok said: “We saw a quantum increase in number of participants from across India, giving our championships a truly National flavour.

“We had 260 participants from 18 States and Union territories in two-wheeler championships, 90 representing 15 teams in four-wheeler championship.

“The season also heralded several emerging young talents in the age-group of 12-18. We also acknowledge and appreciate the participation of manufacturers — TVS, Honda, Volkswagen and Yamaha.”

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