Tata motors today introduced the six participating teams and its driver line-up for the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship. It is the country's first truck racing championship, to be held tomorrow at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
The six teams and their respective drivers are as follows:
- Tata Technologies Motor Sports - David Jenkins & Brian Burt
- Castrol Vecton - Stuart Oliver & Dave Ball
- Cummins - Matt Summerfield & Simon Reid
- Allied Partners - Steve Rothery & Paul Mc Cumisky
- Dealer Daredevils - Steve Thomas & Graham Powell
- Dealer Warriors - Ben Horne & Steven Powell
The trucks used in the race are the Tata Prima 4038.S model with a power of 370 horses and has a top speed of 110 Km/hr. To make these Prima trucks fit for racing, guidelines from British Truck Racing Association were followed and subsequently 22 key modifications were made to meet a mix of safety and performance needs. Some of the key changes made includes special fuel Tank, brake cooling system, propeller shaft guards, racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel and a role cage. A newly created 2.1-km ‘short loop’ at Buddh Circuit will be used for the races, with the average lap time expected to be in the region of 2:00 minutes, with a top whack of around 110 kmph.
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd., “We are excited about the commencement of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship tomorrow which offers a wonderful showcase for the Indian trucking industry. We welcome all our partners – the team owners and sponsors, and are delighted in joining hands with them in putting together this ground-breaking event of India’s first truck racing event, an adventurous and unique form of motorsports. We would like to wish all the teams the very best, as they strive for glory, in this grand spectacle of big beautiful Prima race trucks race against each other”.
Conducted under the aegis of FIA & FMSCI, the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship is being organised by Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), with safety and performance standards as per the guidelines of the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA).