a spectacular first season last year at the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing
Championship, Royal Enfield is ready to once again set the track on fire as it
returns for Season 2. The JK Tyre
presents Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup 2022 will open registrations for this
season on July 20, 2022. With its new
Pro-Am series format, the upcoming edition of India’s only retro-racing
championship promises to be fiercer, showcasing every nuance of racecraft.
Enfield has focused on encouraging and nurturing the culture of Pure
Motorcycling for over 120 years. As part of this, the Royal Enfield Continental
GT Cup was created to aid accessible entry into track racing for new entrants
as well as experienced racers. The overwhelming response to the maiden season
last year is a testament to how the brand has successfully introduced a unique
genre of motorcycle racing in India.
about the launch of season 2 of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup and the
development of the race-ready GT-R650, Adrian Sellers - Custom Programme Lead
& Manager, Product Strategy & Industrial Design at Royal Enfield noted,
“The Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup made a spectacular debut last year with a
terrific response from the community across India. To take the retro racing
experience a notch higher, this year, we have introduced a new format - the
Pro-Am series that allows novice racers to compete on the same grid with more
experienced racers. Seasoned racers alongside the new racers will also help
inculcate the spirit of mentorship among the racers while also allowing
aspiring racers to grow their skills on the race circuit. The Royal Enfield
Continental GT Cup plays an integral role in honing the skills of the racers
and the racing community as a whole, and we are hopeful that this season will
help us make motorsports even more accessible and further grow the interest in
track-racing in India.”
Continental GT250 was the first factory-built, production cafe racer and
through the years has embodied the spirit of retro racing. For this season,
Royal Enfield continues to retain
everything under the skin of the Continental GT 650 stock motorcycle and has
minimally modified the vehicle with a retro fairing, stiffer suspension, a more
committed riding posture and stainless steel exhausts suited for track racing.
year, Harris Performance, who have more than 40 years of rich motorcycle racing
experience, have enhanced the Continental GT-R650. With bespoke clip-on
aluminium handlebars and rear set footpegs tailor made for the race-ready
motorcycle, the Continental GT-R650 offers a one-of-a-kind retro racing
The track-spec Continental GT-R650 has
minimalistic, yet purpose-built performance enhancements which offer an
un-intimidating, agile and spirited performance on track. It also comes with enhanced
braking components for the harsh track racing environment via means of sintered
brake pads and brake callipers with insulated pistons. Furthermore, Royal
Enfield has indigenously designed and developed the race fairings and belly
pans at the UK Technology Center to adhere to FMSCI regulations and enhance
racing comfort and aerodynamics (protecting the rider from wind blast).
Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup made its debut on the race track last year
under the aegis of the Federation of Motorsports Club of India (FMSCI) and was
conducted as part of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship 2021. From
an application list of close to 400 aspirants from across India, 100 racers
were shortlisted and after a grueling selection process, 18 fastest riders
competed for the first-ever Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup.
championship was staged across four rounds and 8 total races that offered the
young and aspiring riders a new platform to showcase their racing skills with
the Royal Enfield Continental GT-R650. After a nail-biting final round, Anish
Damodar Shetty from Hubli emerged as the Champion, followed by Allwin Xavier as
the first runner-up and Anfal Akdhar as the second runner-up. This year, as
part of the new Pro-Am format, the three winners get a direct entry into this
season’s Professional Category.
registration process for the Continental GT Cup goes live from July 20 till
July 27, 2022. The participants will be able to register under one of the two
categories: Professional and Amateurs based on the eligibility criteria. From
the registered participants, 25 professional and 75 amateur racers will make it
to the Rider Selection Programme at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore on 12th
August and 25 fastest riders (10 professional and 15 amateurs) will ultimately
make it to the race rounds. The battle for the Continental GT Cup season 2 will
spread across 3 rounds and 8 races with the first 2 being held at the Kari
Motor Speedway, Coimbatore, the first round from September 16-18 and the second
round from October 28-30 followed by the Grand Finale from December 16-18, 2022
at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida.
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