Round 1 (Bangalore leg) of the Maruti Suzuki Autoprix 2017 Season 1 which was held over the weekend, concluded at the Auto Museum Ground, in Bangalore on Sunday. The Autocross event allowed drivers to showcase their skills, driving at maximum attack in their respective classes, on a 1.8 kilometre-long dirt track.
The Bangalore round was the first in a series of seven rounds scheduled to be held in seven cities over the course of the next few months. Over 100 contestants competed on the undulated dirt track created at the Auto Museum Ground in Bangalore, in different classes of both championship and non-championship categories.
The winners in the Championship categories would go on to compete in South Zone's second round, scheduled to be held in October at Coimbatore.
Such rounds would be held over the next few months across the North, East and West zones too. The next six rounds will be held at Pune, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Indore, Gurgaon, and Guwahati. The Finals would then take place at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida.
Winners of the Non-Championship categories though, got a trophy to take home, as a testament to their motorsport adventure, showcasing their driving prowess. This is exactly what the Maruti Suzuki Autoprix really is about - bringing motorsports to the grassroot level, allowing people to just arrive, register and race. This enables amateur participation like never before.
While most of the cars at the event were modified- some extreme and some mild- there were a few surprise entries enabled by the new focus on amateur racing. A bone-stock Maruti Suzuki WagonR for example, which looked like any other WagonR being used as a daily-driver, took the 1st runner up position in the ‘upto 1,100cc amateur' class.
Driving a Ford Fiesta with a modified exhaust, Nazi Muddin took home the ‘Fastest Amateur' trophy, with a cheque of Rs 30,000.
The ‘Overall Fastest' driver of the day was Dhruva Chandrashekar, behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Cedia, who too took home a trophy and Rs 30,000. Driving a Maruti Suzuki Swift, Supriya Jambunathan was the ‘Fastest Lady Driver', and she won a trophy, as well as Rs 15,000.
The national champion of Maruti Suzuki Autoprix 2017 (Season1) will alongside being crowned, win a brand new Maruti Suzuki Swift, while the winners of city rounds would continue to win cash prizes.
Maruti Suzuki has since a long time been encouraging motorsport at the grassroot level, bringing the adrenaline rush to amateurs as well. Through the Autoprix Season 1, Maruti Suzuki is helping people connect with motorsport like never before, allowing them to race in a safe environment using stock cars, before making the shift to bigger rallies.