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The i1 Supercar Series held a successful pre-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi ahead of the inaugural championship of the city based motorsport racing league. Three-time Formula One Heinz-Harald Frentzen topped the times followed by Giancarlo Fisichella and India’s Karun Chandhok. Watched closely by the team owners, Darshan M, CEO, i1 Supercar series and technicians, the drivers were briefed, following which they took to the track. This is the first time the drivers, technicians and team owners came together on one platform to test the Radical SR3 car that will be used in the league.

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A visibly excited Darshan M, CEO, i1 Supercar Series said: “We are extremely pleased to have had a successful pre-season test at the fantastic Yas Marina Circuit. The thrill surrounding the series is now palpable with all the drivers being brought together for the first time to get a feel of the Radical SR3before the season begins in January.To have the top 10 drivers within half a second of each other shows just how close the championship will be. The young Indian drivers did really well and this is the perfect platform for them to develop their careers. The feedback from the drivers has been fantastic and we are looking forward to the start of the season now. It was also nice to have the team owners on hand to get a better feel for the championship.”

The event was held at the challenging Yas Marina Circuit to give international audiences a taste of the excitement the Indian audiences have been feeling since the series was announced in August, 2011. The FIA certified, Radical SR3 car that will be used for the series is a powerful machine and is a popular choice among both skilled and rookie drivers.The car lived up to everyone’s expectations with drivers giving it two thumbs up for the upcoming season.

I1 Supercar Series coordinator Robin Webb was pleased with the shakedown, and commented: “The shakedown and pre-season test was a complete success and the car’s performed to the level we expected it to. Don’t read too much into the times as the fastest laps were set in different conditions. Today was more about the drivers familiarizing themselves with the car and adapting to it. I am happy to say that we had a trouble free day and now we will work hard to get the cars ready for the first race in Malaysia.”

Leading Indian Formula One driver Karun Chandhok said: “I feel very happy to be here to support a great new initiative for Indian motorsport. I think everyone is aware of how passionately I feel about being an ambassador for the sport in our country and I welcome any new programs that help to develop the sport. The city vs. city concept is very interesting and with the way the races are scheduled it doesn’t conflict with any F1 or other series that I am looking at for 2012. The car is fun to drive and it’s a real pleasure to spend time with some of my childhood heroes and also help out the young Indian boys in any way that I can.”

Former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi said: “I feel very confident with the whole package. The car balance felt great and I was very happy with the grip and was very easy to adapt my driving style to it. All in all the whole package is agreat and I am looking forward to the start of the championship. The laptimes are so close so I am sure we will have an excellent season ahead of us.”

Giancarlo Fisichella commented: “I was quite impressed with how easy it was to acclimatize to the car. This was the first time for all of us so am sure we are all learning more about the car. The series looks very promising and it feels great to be a part of it.”

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Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who set the fastest time today said: “The lap times were so close apart today so it means we are in for a really close championship. The car feels good, grip levels were really high and it was easy to adapt to the car. I think what the organizers are doing is great so I look forward to the inaugural season.”

All set to take Indian motorsports to the next level, the i1 Supercar Series will hit your Television Screens on January 21st, 2011.

Pre-season test results

1 - Heinz-Harald Frentzen  --  1:00:505

2 - Giancarlo Fisichella  --  1:00:557

3 - Karun Chandhok  -- 1:00:660

4 - Jean Alesi  -- 1:00:688

5 - Matthias Lauda  --  1:00:688

6 - Neel Jani  --  1:00:695

7 - Armaan Ebrahim  -- 1:00:840

8 - Parthiva Sureshwaren  --  1:00:853

9 - Vitantonio Liuzzi  -- 1:00:868

10 - Zaamin Jaffer  -- 1:01:153

11 - Alex Yoong  -- 1:01:191

12 - Aditya Patel  -- 1:01:258

13 - Sakon Yamamoto  -- 1:01:374

14 - Mika Salo  -- 1:01:784

15 - Raj Bharath  --  1:01:925

16 - Ashwin Sundar  --  1:02:153

17 - Akhil Khushlani  -- 1:02:399

18 - Vishnu Prasad  -- 1:02:509

19 - Sailesh Bolisetti  -- 1:02:584

20 - Ameya Walwalkar  --  1:02:665

21 - Cyndie Allemann  -- 1:02:75

22 - Abdul Ahmed  --  1:02:781

23 - Gaurav Dalal  --      1:02:787

24 - Chirag Malhotra  --  1:03:113

25 - Amittrajit Ghosh  -- 1:03:849

26 - Phiroze Billmoria  --  1:04:165

About i1 series:

i1 Supercar Series is the all new motorsport racing league promoted by Machdar Motorsport. The i1 Supercar Series will consist of 5 races with 9 teams representing different Indian cities. The inaugural i1 Supercar Series season will begin in January 2012 and be held in India, UAE, Malaysia, Bahrain and Qatar. The teams will race the Radical Sportscars’ SR3 roadster in the sports car racing series. Each team will be represented by two drivers. At least one driver for each team must be driver of Indian origin. Teams will compete for a USD 2 Million prize.

i1 Supercar Series Calendar:


21/22 – Sepang, Malaysia


3/4    – Sakhir, Bahrain


10/11 – Losail, Qatar


25/26  – BIC, India


9/10 – Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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