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Indian GP organisers promise glitch-free race
PTI | Apr 25, 2011, 05.16pm IST
GREATER NOIDA: With the reputation of their brand at stake, the organisers of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on Monday promised to deliver a successful race, saying they won’t face any sort of embarrassment like the organisers of the Commonwealth Games.
The organisers – Jaypee Sports International – asserted that the track was almost ready and only the finishing touches are being given. Jaypee is one of India’s leading players in the field of real estate.
They also unveiled the logo of the Buddh International circuit, which will host the race on October 30 this year. The logo consists of a stylised ‘B’, resembling a heart in saffron and green colour.
Asked how prepared they are with the race just six months away, Manoj Gaur, executive chairman of the Jaiprakash Associcates, came up with a confident reply.
“Be assured my friends. Our and country’s reputation is there. We are responsible people. The track is ready and the homologation of the facility will be done in July as per the time-table of the FIA,” Manoj said when reminded of the troubled run-up to last year’s Commonwealth Games.
When Manoj said that “400 million dollars or 1700 crore rupees are being invested in the project” he was asked about the revenue plans.
He replied, “Somebody had to come up with that size of investment. And it’s a privilege to do something for India. Before the champions are born, we have to give them the infrastructure.
“We are not owners of a team but we have passion. Maybe in five years we will see an Indian team winning and that will be the biggest satisfaction.”
They also said that races like Moto GP and other motorsport events will be held at the circuit for better utilisation.
Samir Gaur, managing director of the JPSI, said the tickets for the Indian GP would be launched in June.
“We can’t disclose the pricing but it would be moderate. It is in the final stages and it will start from Rs 2500 onwards. We have tied up with the bookmyshow.com for the ticketing,” Samir said.
The organisers did not talk about the title sponsors for the race, saying Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 boss, has the final say on the matter.
भारतीय ग्रां प्री फार्मूला वन रेस का लोगो जारी
नई दिल्ली। भारत में पहली बार आयोजित होने जा रही फार्मूला वन कार रेस के लिए राजधानी से सटे ग्रेटर नोएडा में 1700 करोड़ रुपये की लागत से बना बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट तैयार हो चुका है। इस ग्रां प्री के लोगो का सोमवार को अनावरण भी किया गया। इस रेस से रफ्तार के शौकीनों को काफी आस है।
जेपी ग्रुप के मुख्य कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष मनोज गौड ने बताया कि भारत को पहली बार फार्मूला वन ग्रा प्री की मेजबानी का मौका मिला है, जो यहां बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट पर इस साल 31 अक्टूबर से आयोजित की जाएगी। यूरोप और एशिया के अन्य देशों में फार्मूला वन कार रेस काफी मशहूर है लेकिन भारत में इसका ट्रैक नहीं होने के कारण हमें अभी तक इस खेल की मेजबानी का मौका नहीं मिला था।’ गौड ने बताया कि पिछले ढाई साल के करीब छह हजार मजदूर लगभग पांच किलोमीटर इस बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट को बनाने को तैयार करने में लगे हुए हैं। इस ट्रैक की चौड़ाई करीब 10 से 14 मीटर है जिसमें करीब 16 मोड़ हैं।’ उन्होंने बताया कि एफआईए से मान्यता प्राप्त फार्मूला वन की इस दौड़ को देखने के लिए देश-विदेश से करीब एक लाख लोग आएंगे। इस दौड़ को देखने के लिए ढाई हजार से लेकर करीब एक लाख रुपये तक का टिकट हो सकता है जबकि छात्रों को रियायत आदि देने के बारे में टिकट कमेटी विचार कर रही है।
यह पूछने पर कि इस प्रतियोगिता का भी राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों की तरह ऐन मौके तक काम तो नहीं चलेगा गौड़ ने कहा कि यह रेस अक्टूबर में होगी और 15 अगस्त को झंडा वहीं फहराया जाएगा। आने वाली बारिश की भी हमें चिंता नहीं है क्योंकि एफएआई विशेषज्ञों की देखरेख में इस रेस का ट्रैक पहले ही बन कर तैयार हो चुका है और साज-सज्जा का जो काम शेष है वह जुलाई तक हो जाएगा। यह पूछने पर एक सप्ताह की ग्रां प्री दौड़ के लिए 1700 करोड़ खर्च करने की क्या जरूरत थी। गौड ने कहा कि कोई न कोई कभी न कभी पहल तो करता ही है। जेपी स्पोर्ट्स इंटरनेशनल लिमिटेड [जेपीएसआई] ने इसका जिम्मा लिया है। हम इस दौड़ को सफलतापूर्वक आयोजित कर देश के विकास में अपना योगदान देना चाहते हैं। इसके अलावा यहां अन्य मोटरस्पोटर्स भी आयोजित किए जाएंगे।’
उन्होंने कहा, हमें अपनी जिम्मेदारी का अहसास है और हम चाहते हैं कि विदेश और देश के कोने-कोने से इस रेस को देखने वाले लोग तारीफ करके अपने देश जाए। उन्होंने बताया कि इस दौड़ को देखने आने वालों को किसी प्रकार परेशानी नहीं हो इसका पूरा-पूरा ध्यान रखा जाएगा। 1,500 कार पार्किग की व्यवस्था की गई है। इसके अलावा फीडर बस और एसी कोच के अलावा विदेश से आने वालों के लिए करीब चार हजार कमरों की व्यवस्था की गई है। गौड़ के अनुसार, कार रेस के दौरान किसी प्रकार की चिकित्सा सहायता के लिए तीन हेलीकाप्टर एकदम तैयार रहेंगे। इसके अलावा मेडिकल सहायता के लिए फोर्टिस से करार किया है, जबकि ट्रैफिक व्यवस्था के लिए भी पूरी योजना तैयार की जा रही है। उन्होंने बताया कि जापान और बहरीन से करीब 700 अनुभवी मार्शलों को आमंत्रित किया गया है, ताकि दौड़ के दौरान किसी अप्रिय घटना होने पर तुरंत कार्रवाई की जा सके। जेपीएसआई के प्रबंध निदेशक समीर गौड़ ने कहा, ‘हमारा फार्मूला वन के आयोजक एफआईए से पांच साल का करार हुआ है। यह करार ज्यादा से ज्यादा दस साल का हो सकता है।’ इस ट्रैक पर अगले साल से अन्य मोटर स्पोर्ट्स भी आयोजित किए जाएंगे। गौड़ ने कहा कि बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट भारत में पहला और दुनिया के सबसे अच्छे ट्रैकों में एक होगा। इसको दुनिया भर के अनुभवी लोगों के साथ मिलकर तैयार किया गया है।
F1’s new circuits all on track
Written by Kate Walker
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 13:00
Greater Noida, India: 2011. Austin, Texas (USA): 2012. Sochi, Russia: 2014. For anyone concerned that the global building trade is in decline, there’s a lot of work going on to create the newest tracks on the F1 calendar.
As the next race to make its Formula 1 debut, all eyes are on India to make sure that work is completed on schedule. No one wants to see a repeat of the Korea debacle, which saw the track approved with what felt like 20 minutes to go before the race after construction work was delayed by typhoons throughout the summer months.
But work on the track in Greater Noida is currently ahead of schedule, and barring any catastrophes the Jaypee Circuit will be completed in time for Charlie Whiting’s final inspection in late June. The first layer of asphalt has already been laid, and Whiting conducted his penultimate inspection of the track last month – it passed with flying colours.
Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok has been using his Twitter feed to keep fans up to date with the track’s progress. At the end of March, Chandhok became the first man to complete laps of the circuit. After his initial run, Chandhok told his Twitter followers that “the layout is a lot faster than I thought and the wider overtaking special entries into turns 3, 4 and 16 will work superbly!”
Meanwhile, over in Austin, race promoters Full Throttle Productions are confident that they too will be able to avoid the curse of Korea and complete their build on time.
Speaking to local TV station KVUE, PR for the Austin Grand Prix Jeff Hahn confirmed that all was going to plan. “Right now, as it stands, all of our construction milestones are on track,” he said. “It’s an aggressive schedule, we are planning on a June 2012 opening day; now it’s not unusual – a lot of other tracks like this have been built in the same amount of time.”
Now that ground has been broken on site, and work is officially underway, the track is beginning to take shape. “The neat part about the construction site right now is that you can actually see the contours of where the race track is going to be,” Hahn said. “The difficult story to tell about the site is the scale of this project. The track itself is 3.4 miles (5.472km) from a loop standpoint, but the property and how it fills up that space is just astonishing.”
Organisers of the Russian Grand Prix have a bit more breathing room than their colleagues in India and the United States, but the extra time does not mean that thumbs are being twiddled. The Sochi race needs to be organised in concert with the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to take place in the same town in 2014, and there is a chance that the first Russian race will be put back to 2015 if the International Olympic Committee feels that the F1 construction plans will put the Games at risk.
As a result, Russian race organiser Dmitry Chernyshenko is working in concert with the IOC, and has submitted his plans to the Committee for approval. Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, Chernyshenko was quoted as saying “it’s well on track. It was decided that the IOC will review the final feasibility study at the forthcoming executive project review in May and they will see the real construction design document to realize the overlapping with the Olympic infrastructure. It’s a great project in terms of creating the additional legacy and to fulfill the Olympic Park with the post-Games activities.”
Much like the Indian Grand Prix, the Russian race is part and parcel of a much larger development project. The two circuits will also see a swathe of housing construction in the wider area, and it is hoped that the prestige of Formula 1 will attract private and investment buyers to the luxury property developments.
“This [F1] is a great attraction to speed up and attract the potential owners of the commercial property that will be built,” Chernyshenko told Reuters. “We are going to build about 20,000 rooms for the Games, some will be apartments. They should be on sale with some clear reason why people should buy them. Such regular events like Formula 1 … will attract the commercial buyer. There are pure endorsement and mutual benefits for both Olympic Games and Formula 1 project. [F1] will not impact on the timeframe of the preparation for the Games.” By Kate Walker
Update 14 Feb 2011
Whiting impressed by Delhi F1 circuit
Plans at the JPSIL Formula 1 circuit took a positive step forward following a visit from FIA Race Director, Charlie Whiting.
The inaugural Indian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on October 30th and work on the circuit seems to be progressing steadfast and well ahead of schedule. Bernie Ecclestone has been a major promoter of bringing Formula 1 to India and igniting huge interest in the sport through our country of a billion people.
Whiting completed his inspection of the layout in Noida on Sunday and was extremely pleased with the progress that had been made on the site. With the granular hard court layer of the surface now being completed and the run off areas for corners also nearing completion, laying of the tarmac for the track will commence on the 15th of March. Work on the service roads for the public entering the circuit along the Yamuna expressway are also well under way and should be complete ahead of the circuit’s next inspection.
Vicky Chandhok, President of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI), was present along with members of the Gaur family, the key promoters of the Indian Grand Prix, to welcome Mr. Whiting to the site and receive his nod of approval. Sameer Gaur, Managing Director of JPSI, said: “The progress since Charlie’s last visit has been fairly rapid and all of us including Mr. Whiting are very pleased with the way things stand at the moment and we are looking forward to the first Indian GP. The JPSIL F1 track will be complete ahead of schedule!”
The Formula 1 Race Director and his team are expected to make several such visits to the site over the next few months to monitor the progress and ensure the developments at the home of the Indian Grand Prix continue.
With the final Formula 1 inspection slated for 30th June 2011, the Indian Grand Prix looks certain to be one of the country’s sporting spectacles of 2011 and a delight for the teams and Indian audiences alike.
23 Nov, 2010, 01.43AM IST, Pankaj Doval,TNN
After F1, MotoGP coming to Greater Noida?
NEW DELHI: MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycling championship, may well be headed to India following on the heels of Formula One car racing which debuts in 2011.
Jaypee group, that’s building an F1 racing track in Greater Noida , has entered into talks with Madrid-based Dorna, the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights of the MotoGP World Championship, to get the races to India.
“Yes, we are in touch with Dorna. The racing track we are building is designed to host both F1 and MotoGP,” said Manu Bhaskar Gaur, executive general manager of Jaypee Sports International. He added that while the F1 race is slated for October next year, the company hopes to get MotoGP on the tracks by 2012.
In another first, an Indian rider is set to enter the 125cc class of MotoGP. It was announced on Tuesday that Ten10 Racing, a Bangalore team, has tied up with San Marino-based WTR Team for a provisional entry in the 125cc class. To be called WTR-Ten10 Racing Team, it will field an Indian and an Italian. Automaker Mahindra too is launching a team for the 125cc races.
MotoGP is likely to come to India in 2012. Its entry would come as good news for the increasing number of racing enthusiasts in India. While racing is still at its infancy in the country, it commands eyeballs at the premium and vastly influential end of the market – the urban youth. A fan base of affluent youngsters makes companies confident about the success of the sport in India as well as its ability to attract big-ticket corporate endorsements.
F1: Noida is all set for the Indian GP
Details on how things are shaping up at India’s F1 track By:Arindam Bhattacharjee |Published :October 25, 2010
Auto racing, said Henry Ford famously, began five minutes after the second car was built. In about a year and nine days from now, the most frenetic format of car racing is slated to blast off in India, putting the country on the Formula 1 map. Formula 1 Racing, considered the second most popular sport in the world after soccer, and certainly the fastest, makes its debut in the country on October 30 next year in Greater Noida, some 55 km from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. It will be the 20th field in the global F1 circuit.
As the track gets ready, enthusiasts like Gautam Singhania, chairman & managing director of Raymond Group, cannot contain their excitement. “This is really a good thing,” he says. “India will have its first Formula 1 track. It is quite interesting that India figures in the Grand Prix calendar for next year.”
Singhania has driven a Formula 1 car in France, a Ferrari 360 Modena in a road and track rally across Europe, and a Lamborghini Gallardo in Europe’s CannonBall Run. He has also formed the first super car club in India.
When asked how he would be associated with the F1 track here, called the Jaypee International Race Track, Singhania said: “I will certainly love to drive on the F1 track in Noida.”
The 5.14-km track being built next to the Yamuna expressway, better known as the Taj Corridor, is three-fourths ready. A tour of the circuit reveals that soil treatment and laying of the special track – seven layers of soil treatments as ordained by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) – are almost done. Foundations of the grand stand and other infrastructure have been raised, the homologation with FIA standards have begun.
Mark Hughes, vice-president (operations) with Jaypee Sports International Ltd, which is building the project, says talks are on with a telecom company for a large sponsorship deal which will be sealed in seven months.
Being built at a cost of $350 million, the track is designed by Herman Tilke, an old hand who has designed circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US.
“A large team of Tilke’s — about 50 Germans — has been stationed in Noida since the beginning of this year to work on the track,” says Hughes. An FIA technical team and several F1 contestants will descend on this part of the world in December to check the progress. The construction is slated to end in May next year.
Hughes, who is from south of London, is a motorsport enthusiast himself — he rallies a 550cc Royal Enfield Bullet every Sunday. For the last 10 months, Noida has been home to him. “We got the full parcel of land in 2009 and had to move more than 4 million tonnes of earth to make this flat piece of land one of the fastest, most exciting circuits in the world,” he says. However, the F1 track closest to his heart is Brands Hatch, where he was once the operations manager.
Over 300 people, tractors, earth movers, concrete mixers and supervision jeeps at the construction site present a different picture of the 20th F1 field, but Hughes promises that it will be unrecognisable after May. “We will have a track which will have some of the most unique corners in the world at lanes 3, 10 and 11,” says Hughes, adding that steep undulations will be the real challenge for drivers on the Indian track.
Technology for the F1 circuit has posed a challenge to the information technology industry in India. The country may be providing IT solutions to the rest of the world, but, according to Hughes, some of the advanced technology solutions for F1 – like the signaling system and timers – have to be bought from companies like MyLaps, TSL or Tag Heuer. Otherwise, about 75 per cent infrastructure is being sourced from within India and 98 per cent of the workforce building the F1 track is Indian.
JK Tyre, which has regularly hosted motorsports in India since 1994, is excited. The company believes that the F1 track in India will open up opportunities not only for motorsports but also other related businesses. “The world of motorsports will now look at India as a cost centre. A season of rally (six rounds of 12 races each in a single-seater car at level four) that costs Rs 1.5 crore in Europe will cost just Rs 5 lakh in India. With F1 infrastructure now available here, business will start pouring in. JK Tyre already plans to host an auto-cross in the parking lot of the F1 circuit, a drag race and other races much before October 30, 2011,” says Sanjay Sharma, general manager & head, motor sport, JK Tyre.
According to Sharma,JK Tyre will look at buying hospitality space and permanent branding around the Jaypee race track. One can expect to see deals happening in the next six months or so. The company is also thinking of investing in the infrastructure. The Delhi-based company, which has been into sports sponsorships, already spends about Rs 8 crore on motorsports in India every year.
So fasten your seatbelts and count the days.
In 2011, Greater Noida on Formula One circuit
Dhananjay Khadilkar, TNN, Sep 9, 2010, 12.03am IST
PUNE: It’s official. India will host its first Formula 1 Grand Prix on October 30, 2011. The announcement came following an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday. The addition of an Indian GP to the F1 calendar will make 2011 a 20-race season, the longest in the history of the sport.
According to FIA deadlines, the track needs to be completed by July 30 and it will get a go-ahead subject to FIA homologation.
The 5.14-km track, located on the outskirts of Greater Noida (35km from Delhi) is being built by Noida-based Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) and is designed by German racetrack designer Hermann Tilke, who has designed F1 circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, UAE and South Korea.
According to Mark Hughes, vice-president (operations) of JPSI, the track will be among the top five in the world as far as average speed is concerned. The average time per lap is expected to be around 1 minute 24 seconds. The track will have straights, quick corners and elevation changes. Hughes assured that the track would be ready by May 31.
FIA delegates will then inspect the safety conditions of the circuit along with the nature of the track surface. The track, which is being built at a cost of $350 million, will have a spectator capacity of 1-1.2 lakh and won’t be restricted to Formula 1 races. It’s being built to accommodate MotoGP and Superbike races as well.
Indian F1 driver Karun Chandhok said the announcement will provide a major boost to Indian motorsports. “With the Indian GP, more people in India will have access to not only F1 but motorsports in general. For me personally, it will be thrilling to be on the grid and hear the Indian national anthem before the start of the Grand Prix.”
Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan said that the track at Noida will prove to be a catalyst to Indian motorsports, similar to what Sepang was to Malaysia. “I am very happy and excited by the announcement. To have an Indian team on an Indian circuit will be a treat for home fans. This will also ensure participation of the automotive sector in motorsports,” Karthikeyan said.
According to Hughes, ticket prices will be affordable and have different grades. Tickets will go on sale from January next year.
Among the various features of the track is the main grandstand that can seat 30,000 people.
“It’s a monumental task, and work is under way at a staggering pace. Hold on to your holiday programmes for next year, for Greater Noida might just be the place to visit in October for an adrenaline-induced weekend,” said Hughes.