Twenty-nine-year-old UP based truck driver Pitambar won the his
first professional truck race, in the Super Class Category of the T1 Prima
Truck Racing Championship, Season 4. Shivnihal Singh (40 years) also of UP and
Gurujant Singh (33 years old) of UP, were second and third respectively and
were among the 10 drivers who made it to the finals of the Super Class
Mohabat Singh of Rajasthan
clocked the fastest lap @ 1:50.677, while first place Pitambar’s fastest lap was
The current Indian competitors
were selected through the second edition of one of the most comprehensive
motorsports driver training and selection programme, for Indian drivers called
the T1 Racer Program (TRP).
Tata Motors formally kicked
off preparations for Season IV, with the second edition of the T1 Racer Programme
(TRP 2.0) in 2016, under a new theme of ‘Junoon-e-Trucking’. TRP 2.0 received
over 1000 applications from all over the country, of which Season 4 presented
10 new shortlisted Indian truck drivers with an opportunity to race at India’s
globally renowned F1 race track.
Besides inducting new Indian
drivers to the sport, Season 4 also featured Indian truck drivers from Season
3, competing against each other in a separate race category called Champion
Like in the earlier seasons,
the championship continued to host experienced international drivers
representing six teams under the Pro Class category, with accomplished racers
from FIA’s European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) competing in the
championship for the very first time. The ETRC was represented by six racers
from the rest of Europe, who competed in the Pro Class category alongside six
British drivers from the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA), who have
raced in T1 since the sporting event was first introduced in 2014.
Alongside some edge of the
seat action at T1 2017, Season 4 also hosted some of the country’s most
prominent names from the music and entertainment fraternity. From the Bollywood
superstar Akshay Kumar to Garima Yajnik with her foot-tapping Indo-western
numbers along with vivacious damsel of melody added by Siddharth Mahadevan, KK
and last but not the least the sensational performance by the young superstars
from Saregamapa Little Champs, were few amongst the many other surprises that
T1 season 4 had to offer.
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