T1 Racer Program Readies Drivers for 1st Ever Indian Truck Racing
Published On Mar 18, 2016
Another highlight of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship Season 3 is the T1 Racer Program. The program has been introduced this year to identify and train truck racing talent from India. The drivers will be competing in the first ever truck race comprising of solely Indian drivers to be held as part of the T1 Season 3.
The third season of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship constitutes of two categories: the Super Class (Indian truck drivers) and the Pro Class (international truck drivers).
As part of the T1 Racer Program, training began on January 8, 2016 at the Madras Motor Race Track.
As part of the program, drivers underwent four levels of training. Level 1 included 132 participants who endured two days of training in theory, fitness, audio-visual training on race craft and instructor led track training. For Level 2, 64 participants were shortlisted from Level 1. This level comprised of one day of training which included theory, fitness, audio-visual training on race craft and instructor led track training. To qualify this round, participants also had to undergo track training on the Prima truck.
Of the 64 participants, 23 were filtered for the Level 3 training program. The four days of training program saw truckers dabbling in various aspects such as theory, fitness, audio-visual race craft training and instructor led track training on the Prima truck. Level 4 was however, the most grueling session, which witnessed 17 semi-finalists (filtered from Level 3) being trained on the nuances of truck racing.
Apart from the regular track training on the Prima truck, the Level 4 program included training on high speed overtaking maneuver, training and practice on truck racing rules and regulations, and extensive laps for racers to build race endurance. Truck drivers were also mentored by international truck racers and Indian instructors.
On the final day, 12 finalists will be shortlisted from the current pool of 17 to complete 8 laps each at the Buddh International Circuit.