A visit to the X1 Speed Summit held at the renowned Buddh International Circuit gave us crucial insights into the upcoming X1 Racing League.
Motorsport fans across the country are all set to be entertained by an all-new racing championship – the X1 Racing League. Founded by Indian motorsport veterans Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, the X1 Racing League claims to be the first of its kind with its two-seater sports car format. It will have 8 city-based teams/franchises battle it out across four racing venues in India. Each team will comprise of two cars and four drivers. While today's announcement confirms the October 2019 launch date of the league, we got a taste of the two-seater sports cars that’ll be used in the racing league at the X1 Speed Summit.
What makes the FMSCI-backed X1 Racing League all the more unique is that each of the 8 teams will consist of one international male driver, one international female driver, one Indian international driver and one Indian domestic driver. This will be the first opportunity for male and female racers to compete in the same event, together. As far as the international drivers are concerned, the X1 advisory board is in talks with former Formula One, Formula E, Le Mans and NASCAR drivers to rope them in for the league.
While the X1 Racing League is a new venture and still in its nascent stage, prominent names like Gautam Singhania (Promoter, Raymond Group & World Motorsports Governing Council Member) are already associated with the venture (Singhania will serve as one of the members in the X1 Advisory Board).
As we reported earlier, X1 will also bring the X1 Esports league to India, which will allow aspiring racers from across the country to prove their worth on racing simulators. Winners of the Esports championship will undergo personal training under Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, while also getting a shot at the X1 Racing League.
While the race calendar and car specs still remain under wraps, we know that the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida and the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai have been chosen as the two circuit racing venues. However, the locations for the remaining two street circuits are yet to be finalised. Further, the entire season will comprise of 12 race weekends, 24 race days and 40 races.