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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.[1]

Madras Motor Race Track
Irungattukottai Race Track map -- Full track.svg
Track layout
LocationIrungattukottai, Chennai, India
Major events2
Full Circuit
Length3.717 km (2.310 mi)
Short (Club) Circuit
Length2.067 km (1.280 mi)
Irungaattukkottai Racing Track


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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[1] 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.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Madras Motor Sports Club". Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2002.
  2. ^ a b Rajan, Sanjay (18 October 2013). "Formula One—Up from the South". Live Mint. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Chennai race track gets FIA grade 2 mark". Times of India. 28 November 2014.

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