Life in the pitlane, literally!

Sanjay Jadhav
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Coimbatore:  Picture this:  Race cars all lined up on the track revving their engines ready to step on the gas. Team officials doing their final checks, teammates encouraging their drivers and going through last minute encouragements, race starts and all we hear is the adrenaline pumping sound of engines zooming past each other negotiating every corner on the track.

This is an usual scene here at the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore.

Coimbatore:  Picture this:  Race cars all lined up on the track revving their engines ready to step on the gas. Team officials doing their final checks, teammates encouraging their drivers and going through last minute encouragements, race starts and all we hear is the adrenaline pumping sound of engines zooming past each other negotiating every corner on the track.

This is an usual scene here at the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore.

Right from the gathering at the venue to getting in all the cars, materials, testing the cars or making a last minute repair and lastly the entire team comprising the driver and the support staff celebrating on the podium.

There is a lot which goes in, on and off the race track, so that all those motorsports enthusiasts present on the track return pumped up and come back for more next time.     

While having a walk across the pit stops, one will come across mechanics who are always busy working on the cars to keep them ready for the race day.

Sakal Times caught up with a few mechanics, who threw some light on what life is for them in the backyard.

Nagarajan, working with MSport has been attracted to the field because of his love for racing.

“I used to take part in dirt races 15 years back. To support my family I used to work in a bike shop.  Sadly I had to stop racing because I had no money but the interest was still there.  I joined MSport eight years back so that I remain close to racing action,” Nagarajan said.

“There is pressure right from the first day.  All the preparations start one week before and when we assemble for the race and start testing. We have to deal and handle the engine which is an important aspect. When the testing comes good, all in the team are happy.”

Mechanics are the ones who have a direct rapport with the drivers. It is they who come to know what exactly is needed from the car and work accordingly.

“There should be a good understanding between the driver and the mechanic. Even we know the track and the machine we have worked on. Therefore even we instruct the driver on how to negotiate with things while on the track,” Nagarajan said.

“With new technology coming in every now and then, I always look forward to learning more and interact and take guidance from others on the track, specially the support staff who comes in from foreign countries.

“From doing the last minute preparations, race day work which I can even explain how much pressure all in the team have, to seeing the racer climb the podium and celebrating, the joy can’t be described. All the drivers in the team and others are like a family to me. I am proud to be a mechanic,” Nagarajan  added.

Another mechanic Shiva Raman, who joined the conversation added “Everybody around me here loves motorsports. I learnt everything by watching others work. The drivers satisfaction is very important for us.

 

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