Rickey Gadson rides Kawasaki ZX14R at 2014 Valley Run, Shinko tyre for better traction
In confirming 2014 Valley Run’s start order and scheduling of races across segments, last date for entries this year was on 18th Jan.
This year again, Super Car Club’s presence is confirmed, and we’re expecting a few cool donuts from Gautam Singhania behind the starting line. Would be great to see some of the supercars that were part of the Mumbai show and parade a fortnight ago.
Aamby Valley’s air strip provides for a great venue yet again for the Quarter Mile Drag Strip to make the event a success. Participants from across India will be here drag racing in varied categories involving Indian Cars and Bikes, and foreign make cars and bikes. It’s going to be 2 whole days of the Christmas tree, and electronic timing and speed sensing systems. The range of participating machines includes stock to extreme modifications like, NOS, Twin Turbos, Big Bore engines etc.
Governed by FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Club of India) rules and regulations, The valley Run drag racing is recognized by IM & FIA. Last year’s event was held in March, so the exclusive event is back in 10 months. Last time around, saw the launch of Fast & Furious 6 for the first time in India at the event, and we’re expecting enough adrenaline pumping action today and tomorrow.
Rickey Gadson is back for TVR-2014 and will have the crowds in a roar this time on a new Kawasaki ZX14R. Rickey has plenty of experience on a Kawasaki ZX-14R with him setting a 9.31 second run on Las Vegas Motor Speedway back in 2011.
Last year, ten time World Drag Racing Champion – Rickey Gadson offered tips and advice to participants, and did a number of exhibition runs on a Kawasaki ZZR1400 Monster Energy. His quickest quarter mile time in India last year was 10.088 seconds, which is a lot slower than his personal best of 7.2 seconds, which was also clocked on a Kawasaki. This he attributed to traction because of the difference of airstrip preparation here.
Well, this year he’s arrived fully prepared to give him a better chance to get max traction from the Aamby Valley Strip. His Facebook update today read, “About to board a flight to India to do the damn thing! I decided not to take a chance and hopefully brought my own traction compound!”
“Just arrived here in India with the Shinko Hookup and you would have thought I brought drugs into the country as much as security was harassing me for receipts and the reason for bringing it here. As a last resort I showed them my poster and things got better quickly!”
Last year also saw the MTT Y2K’s first run on the a Drag Strip in India after it was showcased at the 2013 India Bike Week in Goa. The event this year has also organised overnight camps at the venue, which is a big plus as compared to last year. Do take a look at the event schedule so as to not miss your favourite races.