Bangalore company bags INRC rights

March 31st, 2009 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Bangalore’s India Mines Group (IMG) and Pro-Sports Promotion have been awarded the contract as promoters of the 2009 Indian National Rally Championship (INRC).
The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) scrutinized and approved their bid.

IMG along with Sidvin CoreTech, also from Bangalore, had submitted their bids and presentations to the FMSCI earlier this month.

“The FMSCI approved the bid by IMG and Pro-Sports Promotion, and we expect the contract to be signed by next week,” Rajan Syal, Chief Executive, FMSCI, told IANS Tuesday.

When contacted, Bharat Raj of the IMG said he was awaiting formal notification and the contract from FMSCI.

“I did receive a call from Mr. Vijay Mallya (FMSCI Chairman) today and he informed me that my bid has been approved. I am required to approve the contract by April 2 and then finalise it by April 6,” said Raj.

The IMG was actively involved in the 2008 INRC when the company sponsored all the five rounds, besides a host of two-wheeler events to the tune of Rs.80 lakh.

The newly-appointed promoters also plan to source electronic timing equipment from world renowned TagHeur, according to Raj.

“We would like to take the INRC to the next level and our target is to get at least 50 cars on the grid,” he said.

Syal said the 2009 INRC calendar will be finalized at the FMSCI Rally Commission meeting scheduled to be held in Bangalore on April 10-11.

It is likely that Chikmagalur will kick-start the new INRC season in late May, subject to FMSCI approval and confirmation, followed by rounds in Kerala, Bangalore, Nashik, Coimbatore and one in north India.

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