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Six teams, 30 drivers to take part in inaugural X1 Racing League

Team Hyderabad (Blackbirds Hyderabad) was the first to pick in the draft which started off with India’s International racers in the first round. They chose Akhil Rabindra. The next to pick was Team Bengaluru who chose Arjun Maini after which Team ...

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Nov 11, 2019, 07.20 PM IST
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The league will be held between November 30-December 1 at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi NCR and December 7-8 at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai.(Representative Image)
MUMBAI: A total of 30 international and domestic racers got drafted in six teams for the inaugural edition of the X1 Racing League, a franchise based motorsports competition, set to kick off on November 30th.

Son of F1 driver Niki Lauda, Mathias was picked by the Delhi franchise (AD Racing) while India’s Arjun Maini and Gaurav Gill were picked up by Bengaluru (Bangalore Racing Stars) and Delhi teams, respectively.

The league is powered by JK Tyre Motorsports.

The league will be held between November 30-December 1 at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi NCR and December 7-8 at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai.

Each team will have four drivers and two cars for every race. Of the four drivers in each team there will be one international male, one international female, one India international and domestic racer. Of the two domestic racers picked in each team one will get to represent the franchise. Each race will last for 30 minutes and will have three unique team-based race formats per day.

“All teams are equally balanced and look strong. As all the cars are of the same make, it will be up to the drivers to show their skills and win the race for their team,” said Armaan Ebrahim, co-founder, X1 Racing.

“Some of our domestic Indian drivers will get a chance to rub shoulders with the best of the best. This is a chance for the domestic racers who were picked in the draft to make it to the next level and prove themselves against other established International driver,” added Aditya Patel, co-founder, X1 Racing.

Team Hyderabad (Blackbirds Hyderabad) was the first to pick in the draft which started off with India’s International racers in the first round. They chose Akhil Rabindra. The next to pick was Team Bengaluru who chose Arjun Maini after which Team Mumbai (Mumbai Falcons) went on to choose Arjun’s brother Kush Maini.

The others picked in the round were Krishna Mahadik by Team Ahmedabad (DG Racing), Gill by Team Delhi and Chennai team (NK Racing) auto-picked their team owner Narain Karthikeyan.

In the male international racers draft Bengaluru chose English racer Oliver James Webb. The other male international racers who were picked in the draft include Malaysian driver Alex Yoong by Ahmedabad, Mathias joined Delhi franchise, China’s Frankie Cheng went to the Chennai team, former F1 racer Tonio Luizzi by Hyderabad and Danish racer Mikkel Jensen by Mumbai.

The X1 Racing League follows the X1 Racing eSports Racing season 1, a digital-simulator based racing competition which is currently being held in cities across India. The eSports competition was created by X1 Racing in a bid to tap talent from different strata of the society and also increase the fan following for motorsport in the country.
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