05/01/2012

News rou ... (you know the title!)

Alright some more news for you guys; those who read the last article will understand the title of this post; if not don't worry about it =)

First up the FIA have published their list of staff for various commissions for the 2012 season and to everybodys surprise eight Indians have been included!

The list
B. Vijayakumar (single seaters)
Farhan Vohra (circuits)
J. Balamurugan (drag racing)
Manjeev Bhalla (cross country rally)
Manvendra Singh (historic motorsport)
Prabha Shankar (volunteers/officials)
Shivu Shivappa (rally)
Vicky Chandhok (CIK: Commission Internationale de Karting)

All these people work for the FMSCI (Federation of MotorSports Clubs India, the governing body of motorsport within India) and were nominated by the president of that organisation Vicky Chandhok (also Karun Chandhok's father). The fact that eight Indians have been selected by the FIA really shows that they trust Indian knowledge and leadership, it's a major step forward for motorsport within India.

Vicky Chandhok stated:

"FIA has now got confidence in the Indian federation and its people. Now that the nominations are through, we need to gain the stability to contribute and make a difference. It's not an easy task, though. It will take a year or two to understand the global functioning, and a few more years to ensure stability".


Next up is news from the Buddh International Circuit. Yesterday the Mercedes Benz AMG performance driving academy was launched at the circuit in a small ceremony - there are some good pictures available to view here. Mercedes launching this academy in India once again shows that people/organisations are beginning to have real faith in the nation as a motorsport country =)

And finally for now, driver news! Having spent the last three seasons in F2, Armaan Ebrahim has decided to switch to the predominately US-based Firestone IndyCar Lights Championship for 2012! The team he joins; Fan Force United, are also new to the series for 2012 so it should be an interesting combination! The ultimate aim for Armaan is still thought to be Formula One and this certainly would be an unusual route to take however it is very possible.

Our "Indian Motorsport Connections" list (on the left of this page) will be updated over the coming weeks as will the supported drivers page - stay tuned for that! =)

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