Top rally driver Gaurav Gill returns to the race track with X1 Racing League | Race News

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NEW DELHI: The inaugural XI Racing League kicks off this weekend at Buddh International Circuit in hopes of reviving India’s stagnant motorsport scene.
The league, a franchise-based motorsport competition founded by racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, will see six teams battle it out for the title. A total of 30 international and national riders were drafted into six teams for the first edition of the competition.
The second and final round will take place in Chennai on December 7-8.
Mathias Lauda, ​​who is the son of Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda, ​​will race for the AD Racing Delhi team.
“I think the franchise-based format is a great format for motorsport. It works for all other major sports like football etc. I hope the X1Racing League grows over the years. A new format where international and national riders race together will make the competition very interesting,” said Lauda.
India’s top rally driver Gaurav Gill will also race for the Delhi team, marking his return to the racetrack after a long gap.
“This league will be unique as all the drivers in the competition will come from different disciplines of the sport such as Formula Racing field, GT background or sports car racing. It will be interesting to see how we all compete against each other.” Gil said.
Former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong is excited to compete in a team motorsport tournament.
“In motorsport we hardly get the chance to compete as a team so I’m looking forward to it. I think the X1Racing League is a great idea. We’ve seen that the franchise-based tournament has worked for cricket. We will have to see how it works for motorsport in India,” said Yoong.
The X1Racing League will have six teams consisting of five drivers and two cars in each team. Of the five riders in each team, there will be one international man, one international woman, one India international and two national riders. One of the national riders will represent the team in the race.
Each round will take place over two days, with each day starting with a practice session, followed by qualifying and three consecutive races. Each heat will feature six different races and each race will last 30 minutes and have three unique team race formats per day.
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