Madras Motor Race Track
The Madras Motor Race Track (previously known as Irungattukottai Race Track) is a permanent motor racing circuit located in Irungattukottai, Chennai, India. It was built in the late 1980s and was inaugurated in 1990. It was the first permanent racing circuit in India and is owned by the Madras Motor Sports Club.
|Location||Irungattukottai, Chennai, India|
|Length||3.717 km (2.310 mi)|
|Short (Club) Circuit|
|Length||2.067 km (1.280 mi)|
In 1971, the Madras Motor Sports Club, Coimbatore Auto Sports Club, Karnataka Motor Sports Club along with Calcutta Motor Sports Club and Mumbai's Indian Automotive Racing Club, united to form the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), headquartered in Chennai, to ensure common regulations and orderly conduct of events. Race meets were held on airstrips at Sholavaram in Chennai, Sulur in Coimbatore and Agara in Bangalore. In 1990, the Irungattukottai track was built to provide a permanent structure for racing. Currently[when?] it hosts an annual round of the MRF Challenge.
The main circuit is 3.717 kilometres (2.310 mi) long with 12 turns and 3 straights, with the longest one being 250 metres (820 ft). The club Circuit is 2.067 kilometres (1.284 mi) long and has 7 turns. Both the tracks are 11 metres (36 ft) wide on average with 12 metres (39 ft) at the start line and operate in a clockwise direction. The track is a Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme-certified circuit. The tracks were resurfaced in 2007 and vehicles allowed for races include bikes of all categories and cars up to F3. FIA granted a Grade 2 license to the circuit in 2014.