The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India’s (FMSCI) Rally Commission has introduced the new categoriesthis year that will run parallel with the Indian National Rally Championship. A new promoter has also been roped in who will run the championship. The decisions were taken following a two-day meeting, a release said on Wednesday.
The categories are Indian Rally Championship (IRC) in which homologated FIA N and N4 cars (up to 2000cc) will be allowed. In this category, international drivers and Indian drivers will be allowed to take part simultaneously. The second one is the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) in which only Group N 1601-2000cc, two wheel-driven homologated cars, will be allowed. Thirdly, the Junior Indian National Rally Championship has been set up for drivers below the age of 27 as on June 1, 2012, and it will have Group N (up to 1600cc) two wheel-driven cars only. Indian drivers will have to register with the FMSCI to be eligible for the overall and class championships and the highest-placed driver in the overall championship will be crowned as the Indian national rally champion 2012.
The prize money for the overall winner in each round will be Rs70,000. For the IRC and INRC winners, it will be Rs50,000 each and for the JINRC, it will be Rs40,000. There will be prizes for the top five drivers in the overall category and top three in the individual championships. The best overall tuner will get Rs20,000. A finisher’s bonus is up for grabs, for the first time, for the first 30 cars in the overall classification and they will get a bonus of Rs25,000 each, the release added. FMSCI CEO Rajan Syal said in a statement: “We are committed to improving rallying in India and giving it a clear structure.” FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok added: “We are happy with the FMSCI getting a new rally promoter as soon as the old contract expired. We have to ensure that all organisers of events also raise the bar substantially.” The championship is expected to begin in June and the calendar is likely to be finalised by March 24. New-look INRC from this year - Sport - DNA