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With successful two seasons under the sleeves Tata Motors is going to organize the third season of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2016, which will take place on 20th March, 2016, at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida. For the championship Tata Motors has already started the race training and selection program for the competing drivers.

In the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2016 there will be a race for Indian truck drivers for the first time. Like previous two seasons of 2014 and 2015, this time also six teams featuring 12 Tata Prima trucks will take part in the championship. The teams will consist of experienced international truck drivers. Tata Motors, the biggest commercial vehicle maker of India wants to make the truck driving profession aspirational and through this championship they want to attract drivers toward the profession. On the race day there will be two race categories, which are Superclass and Proclass. The Superclass category will comprise of Indian race truck drivers, while the Proclass category will be comprising of the international race truck drivers.

The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship is organized by MMSC (Madras Motor Sports Club) and is inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) making the event truly global. Commenting about the championship, Mr. Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, has said, “Ever since it was first introduced in 2014, T1 has proved to be a great platform to showcase the prowess of the Indian commercial vehicles industry and that of Tata Motors, and Season III presents us with a great opportunity to launch our next big initiative – Indian Race Truck drivers.”

Know the Tata Prima: Tata Prima is an award winner truck from Tata Motors available in different trims - multi-axles, tractor trailers and tippers. This truck is acclaimed internationally for its power, sustainable speed, safety and reliability, agility, cabin features and comfort. Tata Prima was designed for long distance transportation and it meets various end user requirements. It comes with features like air conditioned spacious cabin, reclining seats, armrests, adjustable steering system, music system and Global Positioning System (GPS) as a standard feature. These trucks produce 370 bhp peak power at 2100 rpm and the top speed is 110 kmph.

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Tata Motors kicks-off India’s first Indian Truck Driver Race training & selection program

To host SEASON III of T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP on March 20

Mumbai, January 27, 2016–Tata Motors today announced Season III of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2016, scheduled to be heldon March 20, 2016, at India’s globally renowned F1 race track – the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida.In keeping with its commitment of making trucking aspirational for Indian drivers and bringing them to truck racing, Season III of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship will also feature an Indian truck driver’s race for the first time. Like in the earlier seasons, the championship will continue to host experienced international drivers representing six teams, featuring 12 Tata PRIMA race trucks built for the purpose.

Tata Motors conceptualized and introduced a new Indian Truck Driver Race selection and training programbased on the company’sstrategic objective of making the profession of truck driving aspirational and at the same time act as a catalyst to induct drivers into the commercial vehicles profession. These Indian Truck Drivers will beselected from a pooloftruck drivers who are employed with Tata Motors key customers all over the country. In all,Tata Motors will have 12Indian truck drivers selected to race at the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2016.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, said,“We at Tata Motors are delightedto host season III of theT1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, a much-awaited calendar event andone of the most pioneeringin the country’s commercial vehicle industry &India’s motorsports history. Ever since it was first introduced in 2014, T1 has proved to be a great platform to showcase the prowess of the Indian commercial vehicles industry and that of Tata Motors, and Season IIIpresents us with a great opportunity to launch our next big initiative – Indian Race Truck drivers.”

Mr. Ravi Pisharody further added, “Hand-picked through a rigorous driver training and selection program from a pool of commercial vehicle drivers, weare proud to have collaborated with our customers for a shared vision inpromoting the profession of truck driving.We are excitedand honored to have these individuals as the newest members of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP.”

The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP is organized by MMSC (Madras Motor Sports Club) and is inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) making the event truly global.

The FIA is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organizations. One of the core responsibilities of the FIA is the development of motor sport worldwide. Through its national member clubs the FIA is involved in every level of motor sport and its remit extends to the millions of amateurs and professionals who enjoy motor sport in all of its variety. The FMSCI is a long-standing member of the FIA and is the only national motor sport federation recognized by the Government of India, for the promotion and control of motor sport in India, and is affiliated to the prestigious Indian Olympic Association.

On race day, there will be two race categories

SUPERCLASS – Comprising of Indian race truck drivers.
PROCLASS – Comprising of internationally acclaimed drivers, with proven expertise in the field of Truck Racing, like the British Truck Racingand European Truck Racing championships

Tata Motors, the country’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturer brought the popular motorsport of truck racing to India in 2014, with the last T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP held in March 2015, having witnessed over 50,000 cheering enthusiasts.

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