Best Motorsport Tracks in India
India is yet to touch the pinnacle of motorsport but the country possesses an arsenal of great motorsport tracks and circuits
Over the past decade, India has witnessed a notable development in motorsport. Be it rally racing or superbike racing; the country has found several talents from different corners capable of representing India at the world stage. However, these talents need to be nurtured on the field, i.e. real tracks or circuits to earn an ample amount of experience.
Fortunately, Indian motorsport under the authority of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) along with the support from individual business groups has been able to construct some greats tracks or circuits which are being utilized to host national championships and as practice grounds for young racers. What follows in this article is a narrative of the finest tracks or circuits that India has in its possession.
Buddh International Circuit
The Buddh International Circuit does not need much recognition since the circuit has been used in the past to host F1 races. Constructed by the Jaypee Group, the Buddh International Circuit or BIC was inaugurated in the year 2011. The modern-day circuit hosted its first official F1 race on October 30, 2011.
The circuit has hosted F1 races in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is 5.124 kms long that was designed by the Formula One Management’s race track designer, Hermann Tilke.
Madras Motor Race Track
The Madras Motor Race Track is India’s first race circuit that was opened in 1990. The track covers a length of 3.74 kms that consists of 12 turns and runs in a clockwise fashion. Certified by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the track boast of a Grade 2 license that favors the authorities to host all category motorcycle races along with several categories of car races such as GT, sports car, touring car racing and competitions like the IndyCar.
The track however does not qualify to host F1 event. In the past, the track has been used to host events such as the MRF Challenge, the MRF 1600 series, the LGB F1300 and the National Motorcycle championships.
Kari Motor Speedway
The Kari Motor Speedway is in Coimbatore and was inaugurated in 2003. The speedway was named after the late racer Sundaram Karivardhan. With a length of 2.1 kms, the Kari Motor Speedway meets CIK-FIA standard that can hold an international event such as the Formula 3.
With 14 corners, the racetrack is famous for hosting major events such as the single-seater JK Tyre championship, National Motorcycle championship and the National Karting championship.