- Six team owners come on board for the league
- X1 Racing eSports Season 1 to kick-start in Mumbai on 10 October
The X1 Racing League, a concept started by Indian racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel will hit circuits on 30 November in New Delhi. The franchise-based X1 Racing League will have six teams comprising of four drivers and two cars in each team. Of the four drivers in each team, there will be one international male, one international female, one India international and domestic racer. Each race will last for 30 minutes and will have three unique team-based race formats per day. The X1 Racing League will follow the eSports competition and will take place at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi NCR and the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai.
The international male racers include former F1 Italian racer Tonio Luizzi, Malaysian Alex Yoong, son of Austrian F1 driver Niki Lauda – Mathias, China’s Frankie Cheng and Englishmen Oliver James Webb and Freddie Hunt, son of former F1 world champion, James Hunt. The international female drivers include English racers Pippa Mann and Alice Powell, Switzerland’s Rahel Frey, Denmark’s Michelle Gatting and Christina Neilsen and Polish racer Gosia Rdest.
The X1 Racing League teams will be representing six cities. These included the Chennai team, owned by India’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan; Delhi team by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan; Pune team by Ghadoke group promoter Ameet Ghadoke; Hyderabad team by industrialist Akhilesh Reddy and Ahmedabad by Pen India Studios promoter Dhaval Gada. The sixth team ownership has been confirmed and will also be announced shortly.
Adding to the innovation in the Indian realm of motorsports, OnePlus has joined hands with X1 Racing team as the title Sponsors to launch the X1 Racing eSports Season 1, a digital simulator-based racing competition with a prize pool of Rs 1.5 crores. The eSports initiative in India will be organized between 10 October and 17 November across all franchise cities. The eSports competition will take place at Phoenix Mall in Chennai, Mumbai and Pune, DLF Mall in Delhi, Manjira Mall in Hyderabad, and One Forum Mall in Ahmedabad. It will also take place in colleges across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Armaan Ebrahim said, “We are excited to partner with extremely passionate team owners who have a long-term vision to develop and build motorsports in India. We thank JK Tyre for believing in us and coming on board as our Powered-By sponsor. Personally, for Aditya and me, this is completing a full circle with them, and we thank Sanjay Sharma for his enthusiastic support. We are excited to partner with OnePlus, they are a global leader and have made pioneering advancements in technology. With them as a Title Sponsor for X1 Racing eSports Season 1, we are aiming to set the gold standard for the ecosystem in India and make motorsport accessible to all. It is a huge opportunity for aspiring racers from India to make their mark and all eyes from the racing community will be on the league thereafter.”