For the first time in the history, the first Indian-based Motorsport Series, MRF Challenge, were held under the floodlights of Losail International Circuit.
Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) President and FIA Vice President, and Vicky Chandhok, Chairman of the event, met on 17 October 2014 at the track to discuss further how to increase the level of Motorsport in the region. Both agreed that they have to work together to promote and boost this sport in the region. Al Attiyah said:
It is an honour to host this event for first time at Qatar. For sure that this relationship that has just now started, will be more strong in the future , with more events coming. We know that we are in the good line to promote this sport and we have to increase the level of cooperation working together. We are supporting a lot of riders, we promote the Losail Asian Road Racing Series where we had the presence of Indian riders and now, one of them is participating in the Qatar Superbike with great results. This weekend, we have Indian drivers that take part in the MRF Challenge here at Losail and I am very confident that more will come.’
MRF Challenge, is an open-wheel motorsport formula based in India. Motorsports in India is synonymous with MRF. The development of MRF Power House – a modern motorsports facility has been a boon to the Indian drivers, who wished to compete and test themselves against international standards. The centre is a testament to the commitment of MRF to raising the bar of Indian motorsports. MRF is the only tyre company in India to have developed formula car tyres, world- class rally tyres for tarmac and dirt, motocross tyres and also FIA-CIK karting tyres. MRF now supplies original equipment tyres to multinational manufacturers such as Volvo, Honda, General Motors, Suzuki and Ford. In total, MRF exports to more than 65 countries.
I am really happy to be here and after two years of conversations, finally MRF Challenge is running in Qatar. Thanks to Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah for all his effort to make this happen and for sure that his position in the FIA as Vice President will be a big help to increase the level of Motorsport. We really looking forward to have more events to come in the future for the benefit of the motorsport in the region.’
Madras Motorsports Club (MMSC), the largest club, based in Chennai, India is bringing the MRF Challenge (FIA inscribed) to Qatar. MMSC is an Indian auto racing club founded in 1952. With its history of over 50 years, MMSC is the reason that Chennai can be called the epicentre of motor racing in India. MMSC hosts at least 14 racing events both cars and bikes, and equal number of TSD rallies in the city.
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