Making history in Indian motorsports, Jagat Singh and Nagarjuna A have won the maiden race T1 Prima Truck racing championship that was organized for the Indian truck drivers in the third edition of the championship. Where some of the the most experienced drivers were in the Super Class Category, these drivers were selected through one of the most comprehensive training and selection programs, for Indian drivers, from Tata Motors fleet customers’ operations across the country.
The drivers were trained by some of the best race instructors in India, roped in by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) for over a period of three months. The T1 Prima Truck race attracted a crowd of over 50,000 people where the first place winners for the two Super Class category races were awarded with Rs 10 lakh.
The Pro Class featuring international race drivers saw David Jenkins of Team Tata Technologies, who had finished fourth in the first 8-lap race of the two Pro Class races managed to hold the top honours in the final 20-lap race, while Rick Collett and Graham Powell both from Team Tata Cummins taking second and third place, respectively. Winner of the first 8-lap race, Mat Summerfield of Team Castrol Vecton clocked the fastest laptime of 1:50:691 seconds, in the second race.
The Tata Prima 4038.S in T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2016 dishes out power output of 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM with a top speed of over 130kmph. In order to make these Prima trucks fit for racing, key modifications were made to meet some integrative requirement safety and performance needs as per guidelines from the BTRA. These requirements included significant changes in Reduced Centre of gravity by 100 mm, to improve dynamic stability at high speeds, fuel tank, brake cooling system, racing seats and safety belts, propeller shaft guards, exhaust, steering wheel among others.