There are many young kids who dream of getting behind the wheel of a race car but it remains only a dream for many. If you are passionate about car racing, then you should swerve into the right lane early on to ensure you make it to the end of the road.
The first thing you need to do to get some karting experience. You may not believe us when we say that this is the one the best ways to get started. It will help you get your basics right because it is by far the best way to learn racing lines. And know this, you can never be a great race car driver if you don’t get your line straight. You will also find that karting on a regular basis will take a toll on your muscles, ribs and bones. This will help you understand the level of fitness you would need to maintain in order to become a racer. In India, there are a few karting academies that can help you sharpen your skills. Meco Motorsports run by Akbar Ebrahim, who is an accomplished racer, run karting training sessions on a fairly regular basis at the Kartainment Track in Hyderabad and at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore.
Rayo Racing run by Rayomand Banajee, a multiple national karting and racing champion, is also a good option. Rayo Racing holds karting training programmes primarily in Pune. There is also Indian Karting which is based in Bangalore.
The FMSCI Licence
Kids who are eight years old can get an FMSCI licence for karting. Minors require signed permission from their parents, as well as the parent’s photo ID proof in order to apply for an FMSCI licence. However, you need to be 15 years old to get a Grade C licence to race cars.
The Competitive Spirit
Once you think that you have honed your skills and talent, you should sign up for a championship. This will help you get an idea about racing with competitors and defend your racing line properly. On top of that, doing laps on a bumpy circuit is not walk in the park. This experience will help toughen you up for what’s going to come. You will also learn the basic rules and regulations that govern four-wheeler racing across the board. Such as the various flags involved in a race. First try competing in the Rookie Cup which happens just ahead of the karting season. If you like your race experience, then think about signing up for the National Karting Championship.
The Move to a Race Car
Once you have learnt all you can from karting, you try out single seaters. Formula cars that are available to race in India are the Formula LGB Swifts and the Formula LGB4 cars. These are both powered by 1.3-litre Swift engines, and neither have wings. In most countries, racers usually graduate from two-stroke karting to a wings and slicks race car. But in India, almost all graduates from karting try their hands at this before moving onto a bigger car. You can also choose to graduate from karting straight into a proper wings and slicks car – the Formula FB02 (formerly called the Formula BMW) and the FF1600s which are both available in India.
Once you start winning races and titles, there is a good chance that you will be able to make it abroad. It won’t be easy, but if you keep adding to your racing credentials and showcase your skills then no one will be able to stop you.
Sports Car Racing
Alternatively, if you are not fond of single seaters, then you can choose to do a training camp in a tintop race car. You will be able to compete in four different types of racing. The Indian Junior Touring Car Championship and the Indian Touring Car Championship are both a part of the National Racing Championship. To compete in the IJTC Championship, you need to use a car that is homologated as per the FMSCI technical regulations and to compete in the Indian Touring Car Championship, you can use any car as long as it is made or assembled in India. Keep in mind that the cars will have to be modified to conform to the specifications of the series.
The International Circuit
If you want to become a touring car racer, then you should consider the Volkswagen Polo R Cup and the Toyota Etios Motor Racing Cup. You can register for them online. You have to attend the driver selection process and if you are selected, you need to pay a fee and drive. The cars will be provided to you fully prepared. If you win, you can graduate to racing abroad. The best thing about this is that you can avoid the various logistical hassles that come with owning your own race car and you get trained by some of the best motorsport minds in the country.