Chennai, July 21 : Confirming that night races, the first in India, at the Madras Modern Race Track (MMRT) circuit here, were definitely on, Chairman of the MRF-FMSCI Indian National Car Racing Championship and Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) Vice-President Vicky Chandhok on Sunday said the club has earmarked funds to install floodlights at the FIA certified Grade-2 track.
Talking to reporters at MMRT, at Irungattukottai about 40 km from the city, he said “a very professional lighting expert has given us a quote of Rs.16 crores for the lights just like the Singapore circuit.' 'But we are going for a low lighting just like they have at Le Mans. We are planning to install basic lighting that can help the Marshals and Officials see the incidents on track so that they make sure that ``no one is injured', he said.
'Safety is one aspect which I and everyone at the Club, are very particular,' he added. He said the MMSC has scheduled a “test run” on August seven to evaluate the possibility of full-fledged night races in the near future.
“At MMSC, we have always set the standards. But we will be very conscious of safety. On August 7, we have night testing and once the evaluation process goes through, we will decide if we need more lighting and we will definitely have night races starting with saloon cars,’’ Vicky said.
The former FMSCI President said the Club planned to upgrade many facilities at the MMRT and was keen on taking the green path. On the anvil was a Solar Park to support their needs, while a huge compost pit would come up soon.
“In the long-run, we would like to host a lot of Endurance races and we are also planning to upgrade the track to support racing in the anti-clockwise direction which needs about 56 changes to the track,’’ Vicky, who brought F1 to India, said.(UNI)