While Tata Motors unveiled the
country’s fastest race truck -- the 1000 bhp T1 Prima race truck-- at the Buddh
International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida during the T1 Prima Truck Racing
Championship Season 4, it crowned several champions during the weekend in
different categories. Pro Class
category: Czech Republic racer, David Vrsecky secured victory while
competing in the Pro Class category comprising of international drivers. The race
was dominated by renowned drivers from FIA’s European Truck Racing
Championship, competing in India at the T1 championship for the very first
Champions Class Category: Among the Indians, 29-year-old Nagarjuna
was crowned champion once again in the Champions Category. Hailing from Andhra
Pradesh, the double champion clocked the fastest lap @ 1:50.562.
Super Class Category: Another 29-year old UP based truck driver
Pitambar won his first professional truck race in the Super Class Category.
Meanwhile, in the Pro Class category Nobert Kiss
(Hungary) of Team Tata Technologies Motorsport, was the first runner-up, while
Gerhard Korber (Germany) of Dearer Warriors clinched the second runner-up
In the Champions Class category Malkeet Singh (age 34) of UP state, came
in second with the fastest lap is at 1:50.597, while second runner up Bhag
Chand (age 32) from Rajasthan clocked the fastest time at 1:50.597.
In the Super Class category, 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 this Super Class
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
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.
In Season 4, Tata Motors also
partnered with some of the country’s leading automotive brands. These were
Wabco – Official Braking Technology Partner, JK Tyre – Official Tyre Partner,
Castrol – Official Lubricant Partner, Cummins – Official Engine Technology
Partner and Tata Technologies.
Tata’s fasters truck
Developed to deliver an acceleration
of 0-160 km/hour within 10 seconds and a torque of 3500 Nm @ 1600 – 2200 rpm,
the new T1 race truck is based on a 12 litre ISGe Cummins engine, mounted in
the centre of the chassis for equal weight distribution, with enhanced fuel
delivery and air flow, producing 1040 HP @ 2600 rpm. The power is managed by an
all-new ZF 16-speed gear box, making it fastest race truck developed by Tata
Motors. With high performance rotating parts made of special materials, the
engine is meant to withstand high temperature & pressure that a race truck
is subject to on a race track.
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