Karun Chandok and FMSCI President Vicky Chandok express their optimistic view about WRC making it to India in the next three years with the availability of the right infrastructure and right sponsors
With a permanent date in the Formula One calendar now a certainty, the Federation for Motor Sport Clubs in India (FMSCI) has now set its sights on the World Rally Championship. FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok said a WRC event was possible in three years. "If we work in the right way and with the right structure in place we can host WRC in three years from now," he said.
Chandhok also revealed that the Indian National Rally Championship has already found individual sponsors for the eight-round championship next year. "The individual sponsors for each round have been firmed up which we will announce in a few days," he said. The federation also confirmed a slew of changes in the national racing championship. "MMSC will continue to organise the National championship. The only change is that MRF Formula F16 cars will replace LGB Formula 4 cars," he said.
In what could be refreshing news, Chandhok said, manufacturers Toyota and Tata have expressed interest in taking part in the national racing meet with Etios and Nano. On tyre suppliers and title sponsors, Chandhok said: "The MRF championship will continue with its own tyres while for the other championship a sponsor is yet to be confirmed. We will also decide on the title sponsorship soon," he said.
FMSCI has also decided on ushering in a uniform motorsport structure that is followed across the world. "We are entering a new era of racing. As we progress we want to make sure our events are more in consonance with how motorsport is run globally," he said.
Meanwhile Vicky's son Karun, after his impressive stint in the World Endurance Championship this season in which he finished tenth overall, is gunning for American racing. "I will continue with JRM Racing in WEC. At the same time I want to explore endurance racing in the American championship," said the former Hispania Racing F1 Team driver.
"Like Europe, America too also has its own endurance racing in Le Mans Series. It's interesting as there are lots of sports car manufacturers coming into endurance racing," said the 28-year-old.