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Royal Enfield has announced the new Continental GT Cup in India. With this, Royal Enfield brings one-of-a-kind retro racing in India.
The 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup will take place in four rounds where a maximum of 18 riders will race against each other.
According to Royal Enfield, the 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup will debut at the 2021 JK National Racing Championship, and the grand finale will take place at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.
The 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup is a one-make series, where racers will use the race-prepped version of the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. The series aims to make track racing accessible to all types of racers.
The registrations for the 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup is now open and is scheduled to close by the end of this month.
After the end of registrations, 100 eligible riders will be selected to take part in the Rider Selection Programme that will be held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore from October 18 to 19.
"With the increased interest in track-racing in India, the Continental GT Cup offers aspiring racers the opportunity to show and grow their skills on the top race circuits in India," said Adrian Sellers, Custom Programme Lead & Manager, Product Strategy & Industrial Design, Royal Enfield.
Coming back to racing, participants must be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2021. Along with that, the rider must provide documents such as a Track School participation certificate, FMSCI accredited race participation certificate, Track Day participation certificate/proof/ pay and practice receipt, FMSCI 2W Race Licence, COVID-19 vaccination certificate (two doses), and a Medical fitness certificate.
Apart from this, selected riders must bring their own helmet, gloves and boots that are certified for track use and adhere to FMSCI standards.
Royal Enfield also announced their plans to introduce track schools across the country after the 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup finale.
Now coming to the big question, the cost of racing in the Continental GT Cup. Though online registration is free, all aspiring participants who will receive the invitation for the Rider Selection Programme will have to pay Rs 2,500 + 18% GST.
Post that, selected finalists will have to make a payment of Rs 20,000 + 18% GST as rider entry fee for all four rounds of the 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup.
The bike used for the 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup is a Royal Enfield Continental GT-650 but has been modified slightly to make it track-ready.
The track-spec Royal Enfield Continental GT-650 is full-24 kgs lighter than the standard variant. The changes include a bespoke stainless steel exhaust pipe, stiffer race-tuned suspension at front & back, lower race clip-on handlebars, rear-set foot pegs, special fairing and belly pan for better aerodynamics, and JK race tyres.
Thoughts About 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup
The 2021 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup opens a one-of-a-kind retro racing experience that is also quite affordable to many people.
It is an opportunity for many talented youngsters to try racing without burning a hole through their family assets. Along with it, the series also brings back the memories of racing in the 70s and 80s.