For Sumit Lucas Toppo and Arunagiri Prahbu, racer’s from India the event is one to cherish as they partake in the Asia Dream Cup that runs concurrently with the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship here. In 2012, Sumit was runner-up in the Indian National Motorcycle Championship Group C category.
In it’s 2nd year, the event has support from Honda Motor Co Ltd Japan. The scholarship programme aims at producing world-class levels from within Asian ranks. Riders use the Honda CBR 250R, a production model akin to the Moto3 class world championship. Asia Dream Cup is great for aspiring riders in bridging the gap between underbone racing to 600cc class, Moto3 or Moto2 full frame racing series. In it’s 1st year, Gautam Mayilvaganan and Deepak Papineni participated.
“Taking part in the Asia Dream Cup has been a an eye-opening experience. Not only do I get to compete along some of the most talented young riders in Asia and improve my riding skills but we are also constantly exposed to the technical side of racing from people who have deep knowledge of the sport,” said Sumit. He added, “We feel highly motivated for our home-race because if there is any chance we can stamp our mark, the Madras Motor Race Track would be it. None of the other riders have been there before so our experience racing there will certainly be an advantage.”
Now newly refurbished, the track gets set to see some high speed action as the events feature three race classes which include developmental Underbone 115cc class, scholarship mid-level Asia Dream Cup category, and premiere SuperSports 600cc class.
A notable fact which has been revealed by Ron Hogg, Promotions Director of the show is that there will be no admission fee for the upcoming race weekend and hence there should be a huge crowd in attendance to motivate racers as the events promise to be a treat for every two wheeler racing fan in the country. Practice and qualifying sessions will be held at the circuit on 12th and 13th July with finals on the 14th.
Ron Hogg said, “Hosting an international racing event is a big step for India and it will most certainly help stimulate the growth of motorsports in this country which is a very important market for the global motorcycle industry.” “That said, we will also be offering spectators free admission for next weekend’s race and we hope there will be a sizable crowd at the event to cheer on the riders.”
Vicky Chandok, President of the Federation of Motorsports of India (FMSCI) welcomed the contingent for a fourth time running and commented, “It is great to see the ARRC return to India at the MMRT. The ARRC is the pinnacle of two wheeler racing in Asia and a great platform for upcoming riders to showcase their talent. These kind of events is exactly what we need to further grow the sport in India. The Underbone 115cc and Supersport 600cc races have some of the closest races and it will be a great treat for all Indian two wheeler fans to see these guys in action.”