Madras Motor Race Track booked for 230 days in 2014, gets Grade 2 licence
MMRT’s Grade 2 license means it can host Indycar, World Endurance Championship, DTM, GT Racing and more. MMRT is evaluating plans to revamp circuit infrastructure to house a new pit building with pit garages, and a hospitality and media centre. These past 3 years saw multiple inspections by FIA officials and a myriad of upgrades including work on the run-off areas, kerbs, Armco barriers, and fully advanced race control room. Safety measures are important to the circuit.
Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC is delighted at the prospect of MMRT being eligible to host marquee International events, and thanks FIA for the vote of confidence. Work undertaken at the circuit these past 3 years was not only adhered to icensing requirements but also made the circuits as safe as practically possible. MMRT now plans ahead and looks to bringing global motor racing events to India.
Narain Karthikeyan says MMRT is like his home track having made his racing debut here. Safety has come a long way from when he started back in ’92 and the new certification could help host international races at the venue, and help young drivers’ development.
Karun Chandhok, former Formula 1 driver and current Formula E driver says this is great news for Indian motorsport, and MMRT could be a destination for championships like GT Asia, the Asian Le Mans series and Japanese Super GT.
Vicky Chandhok, past President of FMSCI & Vice-President, MMSC ascertains that MMRT has no ambitions of staging F1, and doesn’t compete with Buddh International Circuit on that front. MMRT is a ‘drivers circuit’ and focus remains on making available an affordable testing and racing venue for enthusiasts, motorsport personnel, automotive manufacturers and suppliers through track days, and driver and rider training programs. In 2014, MMRt was booked for 230 days, its highest since track inauguration in 1990.