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Tata Motors kicks-off Season II of The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2015 Press kit

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13 March, 2015

After a spectacular action-packed Truck Racing event last year, Tata Motors will kick-off Season II of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2015, at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida beginning Saturday, March 14. The main race will be held on Sunday, March 15.

With Season I having concluded in grand style, some intense racing, edge-of-the-seat overtaking and high speed corner action, cheered on by an audience of over 20,000 people, season II of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 will once again feature 12 Tata PRIMA race trucks built for the purpose, driven by experienced international truck racing drivers from the acclaimed British & European Truck Racing championships.

New to Season II are the Tata PRIMA race trucks boasting over 20% more speed (upto 135 km/hr), a new aerodynamic design, with 10% increased acceleration and 10% weight reduction, for some more power packed-action over last year.

Season II will entail Two Free Practice sessions and a Qualifying Race on Saturday, March 14, followed by an 8 lap Super Qualifier and a 16 lap Final Race on Sunday, March 15.

For Season II WABCO, JK Tyres, Cummins, Castrol and Tata Technologies are the main sponsors, Setco Automotive and Tata Motors Finance, are sponsors of Team Allied Partners.

The six teams for the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON II are –

  1. Team Castrol Vecton
  2. Team Cummins
  3. Team Tata Technologies Motorsports
  4. Team Allied Partners
  5. Team Dealer Warriors
  6. Team Dealer Daredevils

The debut season of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP was won by Team Castrol Vecton, followed by Team Cummins and Team Tata Technologies Motor Sports. Last year’s winners from these teams – Stuart Oliver, Dave Jenkins and Mathew Summerfield, will be back once again to reclaim glory.

Having recently announced the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP as an annual event, Tata Motors has also conceptualised and introduced a new IndianDrive Selection and Training Programfor 2016, to induct and mould potential Indian truck drivers into T1’s FUTURE. This program not only enhances potential driving skills, but has an ultimate goal of creating well-­rounded truck racing drivers.

Mr. Ravindra Pisharody Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd. said,"A much awaited SEASON II of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP, we at Tata Motors are thrilled to bring this grand spectacle of truck racing to our audiences yet again. Having established itself within a year among the motorsports and trucking fraternity, for us the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP has opened up a new vista in showcasing what a winning product like the PRIMA is really built on. As we enter SEASON II, it is in our

continuous endeavour to remain the most preferred trucking brand in the Indian commercial vehicle space, setting new benchmarks in product engineering, world-class quality manufacturing and marketing. I wish to thank our sponsors, team of engineers, consultants, organisers, volunteers and, certainly spectators for creating a big sporting holiday with an unforgettable atmosphere."

Below is the driver line-up for SEASON II of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP –

Team

Driver 1

Driver 2

Stuart Oliver

Oly Janes

Mat Summerfield

Simon Reid

David Jenkins

Steven Powell

Steve Rothery

Chris Levett

Richard Collett

Graham Powell

Ben Horne

Paul Alan McCumisky

The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP is organized by MMSC (Madras Motor Sports Club) and is being conducted under the aegis of FIA & FMSCI. 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.

About the Tata PRIMA

Being developed with Tata Motors subsidiary – Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles (TDCV), Tata Motors conceived the award winning Tata PRIMA range, setting new benchmarks in the performance and design of a next-generation commercial vehicle, based on superior technology, optimum power, fuel efficiency and safety. Built with technical inputs from across the world, the Tata PRIMA is based on an Italian cab design, engine technology from the US and Europe, gearbox expertise from Germany, chassis frame know-how from Mexico, sheet metal dies from Japan and Korea, combining Swedish precision on a robotic weld line, hence is also referred to as the ‘World truck’ by Tata Motors. Boasting outstanding material and build quality, comfort, driving dynamics and economy, at the same time offering customers with of lowest cost of ownership. Equipped with strong aggregates and a robust chassis frame and suspension, the Tata PRIMA range meets the highest operating standards under extreme conditions.

A multiple award-winning range of trucks from Tata Motors, the Tata PRIMA is today available in different trims, including multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers and tippers, apt for several applications, thus meeting varied end-user requirements, with its power, sustainable speed, safety and reliability, best-in-class, aggregates, cabin features and comfort, was uncompromisingly designed for long-distance/ hours of transportation.

With the range extending upto 49 tonnes and engine options upto 560 hp, the Tata Prima is an ideal work horse for movement of goods and material across distances and terrains, at the same time delivering efficiencies to a trucking business.

Besides focusing on the mechanics of the vehicle, the uniqueness of the Tata PRIMA is that its cab which focuses on driver comfort. The cockpit of the Tata PRIMA is both functional and visually ergonomic with a separation in terms of the working and living area. The cabin is air-conditioned, with roomie occupants’ space, includes reclining seats, armrests, an adjustable steering system, a music system and Global Positioning System (GPS) as a standard feature.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,32,834 crores (USD 38.9 billion) in 2013-14. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 8 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, CIS and Russia.

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