Chennai: The national racing championship will be shifting gears here this weekend when the second round gets underway at the Madras Motor Racing Track (MMRT) which will witness a total of 16 races across various categories.
The programme also includes the first round of the MMSC National drag racing championship on Sunday.
Races will be held in the premier Super Sport Indian 165cc class besides the Pro-Stock (301-400cc and 165cc), Novice (Stock, 165cc) and Girls (Stock, 165cc) categories. Further, two of leading bike manufacturers, Honda and TVS, will be running their own One-Make Championships in association with the MMSC, in the Open and Novice categories.
The most significant development is that for the first time ever in the National championship slick tyres will be used in races.
MRF will be supplying slick tyres for the Super Sport Indian 165cc and Pro-Stock 301-400cc categories.
While the focus will yet again be on the “big boys” in the Super Sport Indian 165cc class, there is much to rejoice in the fact that the Novice category, a move initiated by MMSC last season to promote racing at the grass-root level, has yet again attracted over 40 entries, requiring two heats and qualifying sessions followed by a point-scoring race to identify the winner.
Similarly, the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup 2018 organised by MMSC one-make championship comprises two categories -- Open (CBR 250) and Novice (CBR 150).