Chandigarh: The seventh OYA Autocross Motocross and Off-roading Challenge 2016 was flagged off on Saturday by Jagjit Singh SP Mohali, at PUDA Grounds Phase VIII Mohali. He interacted with the participants and went around the track to see personally the challenges setup to test the abilities and enhance the competition.
The event is running seventh time and has a scope for participation in two wheeler motorcycles, four wheel cars and off road driving in SUVs. The competition is being held on closed track with trained marshal’s and medical services available on site. The event is being orgainsed under permit from Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI) following all international norms.
For first time for an event run in this region live timing system is being used that can be checked on the internet by supporters and fans of participants.
Before any participant is allowed to race their vehicle and riding gear is checked by independent qualified technical delegates and scrutineers appointed by FMSCI. The purpose is to ensure that maximum emphasis on safety is kept during the races.
This check also is used for determination and verification of engine capacities.There are many sub categories of competitions based on engine capacities of vehicles so that the powerful vehicles do not gain an upper hand vis-à-vis the smaller vehicles. The event has attracted wide spread attraction and there are participants coming from faraway places like Mumbai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Delhi and of course the states around the tri city region.
There are over 150 participants and above 60 officials involved in the safety and conduct of the event. Some of the well-known names of motor sports fraternity Suresh Rana, Sunny Sidhu, Samrat Yadav, Harvinder Bhola etc. are likely to participate in the event.
Kabir Warraich, is the COC (Clerk of the Course) and Kirpal Tung is the CRO (Competitor Relationship Officer), both Old Yadavindrians. Padam Chauhan, the ace offroader of the country and the President of the Gerrari Offroaders will also be present. Autocross is a popular format that is used internationally to run weekend races by enthusiasts and does not present any special expenditure by the competitors. As the number and variety of vehicles increase motorsport is catching the imagination of youngsters.