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Motorsports as a career in the Indian racing scene

I thought of creating this thread to start a conversation on the scope & future for anyone who wishes to consider racing as a career.

BHPian Matrix888 recently shared this with other BHPians.

Motorsports is something which is close to our hearts. I thought of creating 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 beginner’s 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: Rs. 20,000 to 60,000.

Racing license

After certification, you can apply for a racing license to participate in events. Cost: Rs. 1,500-2,000 according to the category.

Events

One make championships (Low cost entry fee: Rs. 5,000 -10,000, bike is provided by event host).

Endurance, National championships (High cost, own bike).

Tracks

Cost for practice sessions vary from track to track, from Rs. 5,000 for a day of multiple sessions at KMS to about Rs. 15,000 for a session at BIC, which can be pooled by multiple riders.

Total Cost

To get started, Rs. 50,000 to 4 Lacs depending upon various factors like rented suits (Rs. 5-10k) / own (Approx. Rs. 1-1.5L for everything including boots, gloves & helmet).

Type of racing event (Own bike, team / Manufacturer event.)

The difficult part

You’ve 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 & didn’t 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.

With high costs & almost nil earnings, it may be discouraging for those with limited means & the common dream of racing as a profession.

Here is an inspirational video. Even abroad, in the racing heaven of Italy, it isn’t easy when you don’t 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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