X1 Racing League to be launched in November

The league will have six franchises with four drivers and two cars in each team. Each team will have one international male, one international female, one India international and a domestic racer.

X1 League's co-founders Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel with chairman Ravi Krishnan.   -  Special Arrangement

The X1 Racing League, a franchise-based motorsport series conceptualised by Indian racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, will launch next month with the first round being held in New Delhi from November 30 to December 1 and the second round in Chennai from December 7-8. 


The league will have six franchises with four drivers and two cars in each team. Each team will have one international male, one international female, one India international and a domestic racer. The league will be powered by JK Tyres Motorsport. Each race will last for 30 minutes and have three unique team-based race formats per day.

The six franchise owners announced  were Chennai team (to be owned by Narain Karthikeyan), Delhi (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan), Pune (Ghadoke group promoter Ameet Ghadoke); Hyderabad (industrialist Akhilesh Reddy), Ahmedabad (Pen India Studios promoter Dhaval Gada). The sixth team owner will be announced shortly.

The XI league will take place at the Buddh International Circuit and the Madras Motor Race Track. The international male racers include former F1 Italian racer Tonio Luizzi, Malaysia's Alex Yoong, Nikki Lauda's son 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 are English racers Pippa Mann and Alice Powell, Switzerland’s Rahel Frey, Denmark’s Michelle Gatting and Christina Neilsen and Polish racer Gosia Rdest.

OnePlus on board as title sponsor for X1 Racing eSports

OnePlus, the global technology brand, joined hands with X1 Racing as the title sponsors to launch the X1 Racing eSports Season 1, a digital simulator-based racing competition that will run alongside the main league with a prize pool of Rs.1.5 crore.

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. With OnePlus as the title sponsor for eSports season one, we are trying to make motorsport accessible to all.”

Sanjay Sharma, Head Motorsport, JK Tyre, said: “We at JK Tyre have been nurturing and honing talents for almost over three decades now. Seeing our boys Armaan and Aditya come up with this concept is so heart-warming. The  X1 Racing league is an interesting new format that brings international talent to interact with Indian talent.”