The Madras Motor Sports Club celebrated its 70th anniversary while also distributing trophies to the winners of the recently-concluded MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle and Car Racing Championships here on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, MMSC president Ajit Thomas offered salutations to long-time sponsor MRF Tyres for their support over the past decades and also the riders and drivers for their participation in large numbers in the National Championships.
Mr Arun Mammen, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, MRF Ltd, who was the chief guest at today’s function, outlined the company’s involvement in motorsport since the 1980s and said: “With a pedigree for over four decades, the MRF Brand name in racing now competes and wins Globally. It is a matter of pride for India that MRF achieved yet another first - winning the 2022 European Rally Championship with tyres developed and manufactured in India. This is a first for any Asian Company that too in the home ground and backyard of MNCs.
“Today is the culmination of a hard-fought season which started at Coimbatore and the subsequent rounds at the Madras International Circuit in Sriperumbudur leading up to this afternoon’s function awarding the National Championships for both motorcycles and cars across various categories for the year 2022. The riders and the drivers have pushed their teams to extract every ounce of performance from their machines. It is also heartening to note that these Championships are enabling our riders and drivers to hone their skills and take it to International levels.”
Later, MMSC Vice-President Vicky Chandhok, presented a brief history of MMSC and the famous Sholavaram races to the eventual shifting of its racing activities to the present MIC facility. He announced that a CIK-approved go-karting circuit is being built at the MIC and expected to be ready for competitions in August.
MMSC Secretary Manoj Dalal presented the vote of thanks.
The list of National champions who were presented with the trophies is:
Rider – Rajini Krishnan (Chennai, RACR Castrol Power1). Team – Petronas TVS Racing, Chennai. Manufacturer – Yamaha
Rider – Mathana Kumar (Trichy, Pacer Yamaha). Team – Pacer Yamaha, Bengaluru. Manufacturer – Yamaha
Novice (Stock 165cc):
Rider – Sarvesh Balappa (Hubbballi, Axor Sparks Racing). Team – Axor Sparks Racing, Chennai. Manufacturer – Yamaha.
Girls (Stock 165cc):
Rider – Jagruti Kiran Penkar (Mumbai, Axor Sparks Racing). Team – Alpha Racing. Manufacturer – Yamaha
TVS Open (Apache RR 310):
Rider – Rahil Pillarisetty (Hyderabad).
TVS Novice (Apache RTR 200):
Rider – Chiranth Vishwanath (Bengaluru).
TVS Girls (Apache RTR 200):
Rider – Aditi Krishnan (Bengaluru).
Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup – Open (NSF 250R):
Rider – Sarthak Shrikant Chavan (Pune).
Novice (CBR 150):
Rider – Raheesh Mudassar Khatri (Mumbai).
MRF Formula 2000:
Driver – Sai Sanjay (Salem).
Indian Touring Cars:
Driver – Arjun Balu (Coimbatore, Race Concepts). Team – Rayo Racing (Mumbai)
Indian Junior Touring Cars:
Driver – Akkineni Anand Prasad (Team Performance). Team – Team Performance Racing, Chennai
Driver – Ritesh Rai (Chennai, Team Performance). Team – Redline Racing, Chennai.
Formula LGB 1300:
Driver – Viswas Vijayaraj (Nellore, DTS Racing). Team – Redline Racing (Chennai)
Volkswagen Polo Cup:
Driver – Pratik Sonawane (Mumbai).
MRF Saloons (Toyota Etios):
Driver – Justin Singh (Gurugram, Redline Racing). Team – Redline Racing, Chennai.