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Old 13th April 2021, 14:40   #1
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Default Guide to the Indian racing scene | Motorsports as a career

Motorsports is something which is close to our hearts, thought to create this thread to start a conversation on the scope & future for anyone who wishes to consider racing as a career.

Compiling some useful videos below. Do share your experiences & trivia about the Indian racing scene to help anyone interested in the same.

A helpful beginnerís guide from Abhimanyu Gautam. (Asia-CRR & National podium holder.)

Amit Arora (Director at INMRC & Chairman of FMSCI.) explaining the basics.

Interview with a National champion Sandeep Nadimpalli.

Costs associated, shared by the fastest Indian at BIC Simranjeet Singh.

Key points

Academies: Training & certification from an accredited racing school is a must before applying for a racing license: Cost: 20 to 60k.

Racing license: After certification, you can apply for a racing license to participate in events Cost: 1500-2000 as per category.

Events: One make championships (Low cost entry fee: 5-10k, bike is provided by event host.) Endurance, National championships (High cost, own bike.)

Tracks: cost for practice sessions vary from track to track, from 5k for a day of multiple sessions at KMS to about 15k for a session at BIC. Which can be pooled by multiple riders.

Total Cost: To get started, 50k to 4Lacs depending upon various factors like rented suits (5-10k) / own (Approx. 1-1.5L for everything incl. boots, gloves & helmet.) Type of racing event (Own bike, team / Manufacturer event.)

The difficult part: Youíve gotten your racing license & have made it to the championships. Even have the talent/skills. That is not enough, we need to swallow the bitter pill that without significant sponsorships making it big in the racing arena is not a piece of cake, far from it.

Motorsports was considered as entertainment & didnít get the recognition it deserved as a sport by the GOI. In 2020 it was included in the category for central govt. job reservations. A small but encouraging development which does make the future seem bright. (Government job quota will now include Motorsport athletes)

With high costs & almost nil earnings it may be discouraging for those with limited means & the common dream of racing as a profession.
Above is an inspirational video, even abroad in the racing heaven of Italy it isnít easy when you donít have a ton of money. This should give you a perspective & ideas to do something similar. With hard work, creativity, dedication & passion dreams can come true.

We must not lose hope and give up on our dreams, because..
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Old 20th April 2021, 01:19   #2
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Default Re: Guide to the Indian racing scene | Motorsports as a career

Being a rider/driver is a very small niche in the field of motorsport careers. Every racing team consists of a large number of engineers and designers, supported by sales, marketing, management, etc. Mercedes F1 has 1400 employees, and the smallest team - Haas F1 - has over 200. Each of those team members is also a motorsport professional, and they don't have to start training at 3 or 4 years old for it.

Of course, this is internationally. In India, there isn't much scope for gainful employment that will sustain an upper-middle class lifestyle.

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